Sunday, September 15, 2013

It's Time for "One Little Word!"

Hi friends!  I'm so excited to finally share with you my first journal page as a "One Little Word" design team member!  EEK! 

The new word we are working with this month is "DO."  It made me think of a quote that I love, by Howard Thurman.  Here's how my page turned out...

I had so much fun working on this page!

 Here are a few process shots...

I started with a simple background of text papers and masking tape...


 Then I did some stenciling with titan buff paint...
 (stencils are by coffee break design and Jessica Sporn for Stencil Girl)







 As I added some of my favorite spray inks, you can see the paint starting to act as a resist...



 then I collaged some words on, and added a light gesso wash...

I used a variety of blues, greens and purple acrylic paint over the whole background (forgot to take a picture of this step),

Then I tried something new.  I did the rainbow by coloring with neocolor II crayons, and then using a small amount of paint instead of water to blend them.  I was delighted to see the bright, transparent color it created.  After that I lightly sketched in the cloud with a white pastel pencil...


and here's the finished page again...

The cloud is painted in with gesso, and the word "do" is handcut from a photocopy of the background.  The white words are handpainted, and the black words are done with this Amy Tangerine Stamp set.  The little figure standing on the cloud was stenciled onto inked text paper, and cut out.

I love the idea of working with one word as a journal prompt - the possibilities are endless!  What does the word "do" make you think of?  Come on over and play along with us!  Any type of creative project is welcome!  Click here to go to the challenge - I hope to see you there!

10 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wow wow!! This is gorgeous Michelle! I loveeeeeeeee the colors and loveeeeeee that quote!!!

Denise said...

How cool. I love seeing your process. Beautiful work.

dawn said...

Michelle, this is soooo AWESOME!! I love love seeing the process of your pages. How fun this was for you and for us to see, bright and happy just like YOU!!!

Great quote!!!

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Wonderful spread.
Wonderful message!

Jessica Sporn said...

what a wonderful, joyous art journal spread. That's a great quote too! (and I'm pretty fond of that stencil!) xo

Beansieleigh said...

Love your art spread, and love the quote, Michelle! I've got some crochet orders to fill, but am itching to fit some art journaling in whenever I can. One Little Word sounds like a fun event to participate in!.. However, I am home-schooling my son again, and time is precious. I try to spend it, or allot it, as wisely as I can.. And I sure love the weekends when they get here! For now, my little wheels are spinning, and I'm still thinking of a "Do" idea to art journal. ~tina

Marit said...

I cannot 'do' too much myself yet but it's good to be back online and come to your inspiring blog. It gives me energy! Enjoy the day Michelle!

anne g-i said...

love it and love seeing the process pages!!!!

☼Carolina ArteScrap y ArteSanía☼ said...

Nice! I love your Blog
from Chile
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Marsha. said...

Oooh, your journal pages are always so colourful and fun! And yes, that is a great quote!