I’ve been rediscovering my artistic side of late. I have several different types of journals/books/sketchpads. This new one from Ranger Ink’s Dylusions line is a new favourite. The pages are thick, like bristol board, and the elastic holds the covers closed as the pages get thick with art.
I have a number of old children’s books that I like to cut up for cards and paper crafts. This image kept calling to me, so I used matte medium to make a textured “field” background.
I added Ranger distress inks to mute the paper squares. The edges were lined with a brown marker and smudged for a shadowed effect. (Everything got a coating of matte medium.) Other coloured markers were used to enhance the illustration’s colours. The two large flowers were created using a Stampin’ Up stamp & brown ink, then coloured with Faber-Castell’s Gelatos.
Thinking the background looked a little bland, a dollar store stencil was used with Ranger Ink’s ‘old paper’ distress ink for a tone on tone finish. This is a picture of the ink while still wet. (I quite like the glazed effect.)
And below it’s dry and has a more muted effect.
I’m still trying to decide if I should add any text. Got any good ideas for me?
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!