Hey Soul Sister

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 14 - Week 9
Art Challenge:  Using at least five layers
Journal Prompt:  Give Me a High Five

For this week's challenge, I really played and had fun and definitely didn't take myself too seriously!  To approach the prompt of "high five,"  I decided to use FIVE manilla tags and layer them in my journal.  I used five sizes; largest to smallest, and attached them end to end with 1" masking tape front and back accordian style.  Masking tape takes paint well and after several layers, you don't even notice it.  I painted the tags and pages of the journal with white gesso to give me a uniform surface to paint on.

I still didn't have an idea of what I wanted to paint on my tags - no inspiration whatsoever!  Whenever that happens to me, I just begin painting backgrounds and textures until something comes to me.  I used a stabilo pencil to scribble around the edges of the tags and blend the black marks with water to "grunge them up" a bit.

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Still no idea . . . so I pulled out my sweet little mini distress ink blocks, some applicators and dabbed the ink onto a teflon mat and spritzed them with water.  I blended the inks together and started to layer color on all of the tags.  STILL no idea as to what I was going to do with the tags!

I decided to start drawing some whimsical faces and characters on the tags . . . just fun figures that are all inspired by people I know in my life . . .

These silly girls started to appear on the page.  I just started laying down acrylic paint and shapes and I realized these are my people--my tribe--my soul sisters!

I loved the colors - it reminded me of a carnival!  Once all of the tags were dry, I pulled out my Inktense Pencils, gold gesso, Montana Acrylic markers and my black and white Signo pens - I got a little carried away, but I just couldn't stop as each "friend" emerged!

Here's a little close up of each "soul sister."

I love the way the journal page looks when it is unfolded and flipped over.  I just used a cute little paperclip at the bottom to hold it all together when the journal is closed.

I hope you enjoyed the challenge this week - I can't wait to see all of your beautiful art journals!  Be sure to stop by the Art to the 5th Blog to see our special Featured Artist this week - Kristin Petersen!

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