Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Book of Days and Some Fun News...!

Hi everyone!  I'm still going strong with my Book of Days!  I have a new page to share with you today, along with a step-by-step of how I made it.

But before I do - I want to tell you about something fun and exciting that is coming up!

Stencil Girl Products, just designed a new line of stencils - designed by my friend - the super talented and creative -  Jessica Sporn!!! Yeayyy Jessica!

And here's the extra fun part...

Starting December 6, and continuing once or twice a month through June 2013, Jessica asked me and a bunch of other artists to take her new stencils on a test drive!!!!




I am participating in the first round on December 6th (plus two more later on), and I can't wait to show you what I'm making! There will be links to other artists blogs and you are invited to participate too!

To find out more about the Stencil Drive (including a full schedule and photos of the stencils), check out Jessica's introductory blogpost here!


So now, on to my Book of Days Journal Page for Wednesday, November 14...

Here's a pic of how the base page looked before I started...


I decided I really wanted to preserve some of the pretty patterns and colors for this one, while leaving lots of room to write.  The first thing I did was glue some white tissue paper to the page with a glue stick; and then paint a thin layer of gesso over the top...
 Tissue paper is bound to wrinkle here and there when you put on a big piece, so it's a great way to get some texture into the page.

Then I grabbed a bunch of miscellaneous bits of this and that, and started making a border.  I made sure to leave some of the edges showing...
 I didn't give it too much thought, I just grabbed things from my stash that made me feel happy!


 and here's the finished page...
I knew I wanted to add some color to the journaling area, so I turned to my new Inktense pencils.  I colored a line all the way across the top, and then used a water brush to pull the color down the page a bit.  The big purple splotch on the left hand side was done with Amethyst Color Shine (Heidi Swapp).

Have I mentioned that I counted the number of spreads left in this journal and it is almost exactly the number of weekdays left in the year?  Yep - there's only one extra.  So I've decided that I will be completing a spread every single weekday so I can finish by the end of the year!  Yeayyyy!!!

If you want to find out more about the Book of Days concept, click here.  

Thanks so much for visiting my friends!!!  Have an awesome day and I will see you again tomorrow!!!

6 comments:

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

I am new to art journaling so your pages caught my eye. Very nice and I love the steps you included. I am taking BOD Boot Camp with Effy and enjoying it. Learning so much and will start posting pictures as soon as I finish my online courses. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.
Katherine

laury55 said...

congrats Michelle!!!! your pages are fantastic, as usual

dawn said...

WAY TO GO!! CONGRADULATIONS!!! AWESOME!! How exciting to be picked for giving her stencils a test drive, love the button for it!!Can't wait to see what you do!!

The base page looked so fun and bright and you just made it even happier. I like that you kept showing thru, LOOKS GREAT!!
HOORAY for a page for every weekday, soooo excited to see these pages. LOVE LOVE YOUR BOD!!
Have a great day!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

That is AWESOME about the stencils!! Can't wait to see what you make!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee your page!! Beautiful happy colors and loveeeeeeeeee the kitty!!!!

Jessica Sporn said...

I'm so happy you are on the test drive team! Love your BOD page. Gonna try to get going with that for 2013. Effy is so great! That kitty is so cute!

Carolyn Dube said...

I love the freedom you have captured in your journal spread! So much vibrant color and pattern! And the bold color on the journaling- so happy! The stencil test drive is going to be fabulous!