I've got a large book that I use as a journal, to begin with I glued 4 to 5 pages together in each side and also coated the pages with glue that I was going to work on to protect the paper from the paint. Once dry I then gave the pages a coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish. I didn't want to completely cover the text from the pages so I used a baby wipe to lightly wipe away some of the paint.
I then started to build up colour, drying each layer before adding the next.
I used the Lin Brown stencil and stencilled the leaves with Snowflake Fresco Finish. Once dry I gave the whole page a wash of paint to knock the white back.
I then used the JOFY stencil and used Chocolate Pudding first, dried it and moved the stencil slightly. I then used Snowflake Fresco Finish as the following colours are translucent and need the white base for the colours to show.
When I'd finished all the bullrushes I decided I wanted to do more stencilling on the background so I used the Lin Brown 001 stencil, again with Snowflake and again I washed over it to knock back the white.
I then started to add the flowers and used the same technique as the bullrushes, building the colours up layer by layer.
I used some JOFY stamps to stamp a border along the bottom edge with black Archival ink.
I painted the JOFY images and then used one of the stamps from the Lin Brown 05 stamp set with Potting Soil Archival ink. I also stamped through the flower stencil with a small script stamp using the same ink.
I had 2 tags left over from a session playing with my Gelli Plate and I was determined to use them on this journal page. The colours weren't quite right so I gave them a wash of watered down Tikka Fresco Finish. I then used a JOFY stencil with Grunge Paste for the word and I drew around the inside of the flowers on the same stencil with a black pen and doodled on them.
When the Grunge Paste was dry I painted the letters using a fine, detail paint brush, building up the layers of paint and colour.
Before I stuck the tags down, I marked on the page where I wanted them to go and used Mud Splat Fresco Finish to create a shadow.
I then attached the tags and did some doodling around them using a black pen.
I added a little bit of tissue tape at the top as I felt something was missing then did some dry brushing around the edge of the pages and down the centre with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint. To finish I added 2 buttons to the tags and brushed some Rensaissance Treasure Gold over the Grunge Paste and the buttons.
I hope you've enjoyed today's project as much as I enjoyed making it!