Sunflower journal page

I’ve dones some more experimenting in my art journal with Darkroom Door stencils and stamps. As with some of my previous pages I finished and wished I done a few things differently but on the whole I was happy with the bright, happy look.

I began by taping the edges of the double page with painter’s tape which helps keep the pages flattish and creates a clean frame for the design. I painted the pages with absorbant ground in case I wanted to do some watercolour techniques then, when it was dry I painted the top of the page with dylusions pure sunshine paint and the bottom of the page with a mix of dylusions lemon zest & blue lagoon.

I blended oxide inks through the new small sun stencil to make sunflowers, the small wildflowers stencil to make stems and extra flowers and the brick stencil to fill in background. I also traced inside the flower stencil with a black gel pen to make the flowers stand out a little more.

Although I worked mainly with stencils I filled the centre of the sunflowers with texture stamps, added extra leaves around the stems with a fern stamp from the ‘leaves’ set and stamped some script along the lower edge of the page. After adding all the different textures to the centre of the sunflowers, I wished I used the ticket one on all the flowers; it really does look the cutest.

I added splatters of black and white gessos over the panel and wrote the words of the ‘Irish Blessing’ along the sunflower stems. It was the line ‘may the sun shine warm upon your face’ that I thought fitted with the page but decided to include the whole blessing.

There is a collection of fabulous new stamps and stencils in the latest Darkroom Door release so pop over and check them out. You will be seeing more of them around here over the next few weeks.


6 Comments on “Sunflower journal page”

  1. ooh this is absolutely gorgeous! So bright and beautiful. Take care and stay safe xxx

  2. Pat says:

    Gorgeous Heather and some great new designs from DD and you’ve made the most of them on this journal page with the beautiful stencilling, and such bright and pretty colours too. x

  3. Bonnie says:

    This is so bright and happy, Heather! It certainly brightens up this cloudy day!

    • Heather says:

      A little brighter than my usual, that’s for sure. I’m glad it brightened your day. We are enjoying a sunny one today which is great as I feel the nice weather slipping away.

  4. Leslie says:

    This is gorgeous! You always make everything look so easy! 😉

  5. Lagene says:

    Fantastic, I love how you wrote the Irish Blessing for the stalks of the sunflowers!

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