Echinacea Journal PagePosted: August 11, 2022 Filed under: Art Journal, Finetec paints, gel press, Mixed Media | Tags: Art Journal, collage, Finetec artist mica watercolour paint, gel printing 10 Comments
I have echinacea or cone flowers growing happily in my garden and now happily in my almost finished 6″x 6″ art journal. A friend recently gave me a great big dictionary for cutting up so I ripped out the ‘book’ page and the ‘journal’ page and used them to cover the whole double page spread before I did anything else.
There were a few words I didn’t want covered up so when I was ripping then gluing I took care to keep them exposed. The word ‘boomerang’ appeared so I didn’t cover that one up even though it has nothing to do with this journal page. I am an Aussie after all. ‘Bookish, bookmark, bookshelf, bookworm, book-club and bookend are all visible, some of them highlighted. Somewhere in the gluing I lost the word ‘journal’ but ‘journey’ is still there.
I used a black all pencil to darken the edges of the torn pieces and softened it with water. I also added white gesso over the top to mute the background a bit. I should have done those two steps in the opposite order so the gesso didn’t reactivate the pencil. I blended some tea dye or possibly antique linen ink around the edges and then wished I hadn’t, after all I don’t have to vintagefy everything!
I cut the petals, cone, and green bits from different gel prints using a photo I’d printed out to guide me with the shape. After everything was glued down I used black, white and gold gel pens to add details and metallic paints on the cone details as well. I added white and gold splatter and a mix of washi tape and gel print circles dotted around the the place.
Hope you are surrounded by books and flowers…if you like them as much as I do!
I love flowers and books. Great page!
What a lovely page, Heather! I think it’s my favorite journal page 🙂
Thank you Joanne, it’s new fave of mine now too!
Wow. This is stunning!
Love, love love this! I was checking to see which stamp you used for the cornflowers then realized you drew those! This is amazing Heather and such visual appeal to it. Brilliant!
This is a really interesting journal page and love all the highlighted words and the pretty echinace flowers created from pieces of gelli print to make your own flower shapes, such a clever idea Heather. I definitely could not be without books or having flowers around me. x
“vintagefy” — what a fabulous word! Absolutely love this – the dictionary page and your creative cone flowers are a delightful combination. Books and flowers are wonderful things – especially if you can sit on your porch with a book and enjoy your flowers, too.
I’m with Nancy … I was looking for the stamp your used. Amazing artwork Heather. And two gorgeous journal pages. Vintage-fying these was the perfect decison. xx
Oh I loved this post. Your writing, your beautiful journal page and your explanations.
Love love this layout! The flowers are awesome!