Hello everyone, TGIF! Hope your week has been good and that you have something good planned for the weekend. A new Wanderlust lesson was released this morning so I have that to look forward to. I see it involves fabric and image transfer so that’s always fun and something to experiment with this weekend. Today though, I have a second post to share with you. If you missed my earlier post, I shared all 100 of my ATC book covers, but now I have another art journal page to share with you as part of my language theme.
As you know, I am Guest Hosting the May challenge over on Art Journal Journey this month and my chosen theme is…
You can find a nice list of ideas about language inspired pages in my introduction post just click here.
For today’s post, I was inspired by this Amazon Prime Christmas packing tape!
This more festive looking packing tape started to appear on Amazon boxes around November last year in the lead up to Christmas and I started saving it because there are five different languages included, which I knew was going to be perfect for my language theme. The funny thing was that one of the boxes arrived half open because the tape hadn’t been glued down to the box so it was almost like new tape and I would just have to wet it to use it on my page!
I had some Jane Eyre text leftover from my Language of 19C Fiction page so I used that to make my background and pasted it all down using some matte medium. Then I covered the background with some gesso, and when it was dry, added some blue fluid acrylic. On top of that I added some script stamping in black stazon and then some stenciling in white Fresco chalk paint.
Click on the images for a better look.
From the beginning I was trying to decide which colours to use and once I had decided on this blue, I really wanted to add magenta to it as I love magenta and blue together, plus they make purple, but I was worried it might clash so instead I added some metallic bronze ink to drip down the page, but I still wasn’t happy with it so I ended up adding the magenta and I felt much better about it. I didn’t want it to be too dark so I added some white ink splatters to brighten it up a bit.
Here are some close ups of the different languages all saying the same thing. I wanted them to stand out from the background so I drew around them with a white pen and then with a gold pen. Just click on the image to see a bigger version.
So now you can say “Low prices, anytime, anywhere” in five different languages thanks to Amazon Prime, though you might get into a bit of trouble if those are the only phrases you know lol
Here are some close ups of some of my favourite bits of layers and texture. Click for bigger
And finally, I had some company in the studio today, Miss Lily and her brother, Mr G. They are enjoying the new set up where they can now keep an eye on me. What do you think I was doing that made them look at me so intently?
I hope you feel inspired to join me at Art Journal Journey this month. Language is all about communication, and I would love to see you communicate using language on your pages, in whatever form you choose. I have a lot of ideas for language-inspired spreads to share with you over the course of this month, so do keep checking back if you need some inspiration or ideas, or even just to say hi! I can’t wait to see what you do with this month’s theme and I will be dropping by to see all your lovely creations.
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
My handmade art journal, leftover book text, matte medium, white gesso, fluid acrylic, acrylic ink, stazon, Fresco chalk paint Snowflake, Tim Holtz alphabet stencil, Dylusions alphabet stencil, handwritten letter stamp, amazon packaging, white pen, gold pen,
Art Journal Journey – Language – May Challenge For the language theme I used book text, alphabet stencils, a handwritten letter stamp, and amazon packing tape in five different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and then I have several of my favourite techniques on this page (white ink splatters, metallic dripping paint, adding magenta, and outlining with gel pen) which are all part of my art language
Creative Artiste – Challenge number 71 – multiple mediums, see above ingredients list
More Mixed Media – AG with optional pink – playing the optional pink – magenta
SSS Wednesday Challenge – Stencil it – used Dylusions alphabet stencils and Tim Holtz alphabet stencils
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