Dylusions Creative Blank Journal
Dylusions Ink Sprays-Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine, Squeezed Orange, Melted Chocolate
CraftersWorkshop 6x6 Stencils- Mini Cubist and Mini Harlequin
StazOn Inkpad-Jet black
Pentel White Gel pen
Pilot FriXion Color-Pencil-Like Gel Pen-Sky Blue, Rose Pink, Gray
Micron Pigma Pen .05-Black, Sepia
Roll of Paper Towels
Heat gun (optional)
Wet Coffee Cup (optional)
The Dylusions journal has a mix of white and manila cardstock pages and I wanted to test both so I did a two-page spread where the left side was the white paper and the right was the manila (the results were about the same on both sides).
The ink sprays:
1. I sprayed both pages with the ink, using these techniques:
- inks were sprayed lightest to darkest
- the distance from which I sprayed was varied
- the length of time of time I sprayed was varied--I did short, barely there bursts of color and long saturated close ups of color.
--all common sense techniques, but you do get different effects by doing them.
2. The paper towel (the whole roll) was swiped across the page to soak up excess. I keep the paper towels to use in other projects because they are so pretty.
3. I let it dry overnight:. The pages were thoroughly drenched, so I wanted to make sure they were completely dry.
4. I laid my stencils down randomly on the page and used one or more of these techniques each time:
- Misted with water, rolled paper towels over stencil to pick up color.
- Sprayed through stencil with ink spray; flipped stencil over and rubbed off color somewhere else on page
I didn't worry about using the entire stencil. It's cooler if you just get bits of them.
I happened to be drinking coffee and the bottom of my cup had a little condensation on it--I stamped it on the page to get a few coffee ring shapes!
5. I let the pages dry for a few hours, but I could have used a heat gun.
I'd seen the outline of the elephant, and that determined what I wanted to stamp and draw.
The Pens and stamps:
6. I drew the elephant's eye and colored it with the Microns. This is the only place where I used the sepia Micron.
7. I outlined the elephant's shape.
8. I stamped the Elephant images-- the interior cover of the sketchbook flexed when I stamped the Elephant & Mountain, and the elephant's head was lost! I just scribbled a tree, so now the image is an elephant standing behind a tree and mountain! It don't matter when you're having fun!
11. Color-Pencil-Like Gel pens were used to color the stamped images, and to add a bit of pink and gray here and there around the page where I thought an area needed to be brightened or dulled down.
12. The white gel pen was used to add highlights and make the stamped images pop.
I borrowed heavily from Dyan Reavely's ink spray and stenciling techniques for this project. You can find many of her video tutorials online.