Don't Stop Til You Get Enough {Oooh}

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 7
Art Challenge:  When Not To Stop
Journal Prompt:  "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough!" (Ooh)

When working with mixed media and layers, I often get asked, "how do you know when to stop?"  Well, let's go through one of my art journal pages and see how long it takes . . .


I started this page by using a brayer to apply burnt umber acrylic paint.

Layer 2

For this layer, I used the same brayer and rolled Naples Yellow acrylic paint over top the burnt umber.  I immediately rubbed over the paint with a baby wipe to blend the paint a little.  This is a technique I learned to create a 'worn leather' look to the paper.


I went from 'worn leather' to 'patina' finish with a turquoise acrylic also rubbed quickly and loosely with a baby wipe.  It's important not to keep rubbing and rubbing, otherwise you will blend the paint too much.


Using this very cool 'onion skin' stencil by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer for The Crafter's Warehouse, I rubbed a Permanent Red Purple acrylic paint onto the page with a stencil brush.  I love that they look like hot air balloons when turned vertically instead of horizontally {happy accident = serendipity!}


The page is starting to take on an 'old world' feel to it, so I decided to add some script using a Red Lead rubber stamp and some gold pigment ink.


Now for some fluid acrylic (very sheer and transparent) in a manganese blue hue rubbed through a Crafter's Warehouse stencil - XOXO.


To tone that blue down a bit, I used my finger to rub Gold Irridescent Fine fluid acrylic paint over some of the darker areas.


To make the piece more cohesive, I rubbed some more Permanent Red Purple acrylic onto the page with a TCW Stencil - Circle Regiment.


Next, I outlined certain shapes on the page with a black Stabilo Pencil, then lightly wet the marks with a waterbrush to grunge it up a bit.  There.  Finally finished!


But wait!  There's more!  I didn't feel like I had enough yet - the page was beautiful, but didn't seem to have a purpose yet.  The hot air balloons reminded me of exciting possibilities so I found this quote.  My apologies, I could not find an author to attribute it to, so I will say, "author unknown."  I printed it out on a piece of aged parchment paper, then cut out the words and used a glue stick to adhere them to the page.


Well, apparently 10 layers are not enough so I used the Stabilo pencil to outline the word boxes and wet them slightly to blur.  Done. Now I have enough {OOOH!}

Looking forward to how you all face the layering this week - you all inspire me so much!  Below are quick links to the products I used this week:

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