Pages in Stages-- #1

A snippet from the journal page.  "Love the questions as much as the answers"--  at our church we sometimes say this in the service.  God is very mysterious and we are always filled with so many questions and *that* is ok.
I often get questions about what supplies I use or how I achieved the layers on my journal pages, so I will walk you through a journal page in it's stages of layers. 

I am also linking this to Paint Party Friday because pieces of it are painted with inktense inks.

1.  I started by sketching cute and odd little people and figures, with pencil.  I was looking at another art journal page of mine that was filled with questions and I realized how it told so much about what was going on in my mind even though it was all questions and it really told a lot about my life at the moment.  I let this page sit like this for a couple weeks.

2.  Then I added pieces of colored tape on the edges.

3.  I used Derwent 12 Inktense Block Tin Set mixed with water and gesso to paint in the negative space with some pastel colors.
I'm still not sure I like the coloring on the top half of the page, but oh well.

 4.  Here I added some shading on the little guys using colored pencils
I outlined the guys with black marker.

5.  Next, I added some gesso mixed with water to soften things up a bit.

6.  I probably should have taken another picture in this in-between stage.  To finish things off, I used Pan Pastels in places to create bright sweeping colors in the negative spaces.  I added more decorative tape.  I added some rub-on letters and symbols.  The flowers were cut from a scrapbooking border and outlined with black marker.   I went around the guys again and re-outlined some of the lines.  I made the words darker and I added the checkered border and strips around the words.  
Well I hope you've enjoyed this Pages in Stages installment and leave me a comment if it was helpful to you.


GlorV1 said...

I enjoyed the steps and thank you very much for that. Love the colors and the great inquisitive eyes staring back at us. Looks like they all have questions for us. Great job! Happy PPF!

Carolyn Dube said...

It was fantastic to see it progress- I never thought of using gesso with my inktense blocks to create paint. It makes sense- and I love my Inktense colors- thanks for all the ideas today!! Happy PPF!

Netty said...

Thank you for sharing and love this piece of artwork. Happy PPF, Annette x

Marji said...

Oh, I love these sweet faces. Beautiful work. Happy PPF

kristin maynes said...

They are darling! Thanks for sharing your process, I love seeing it! Great work! Happy PPF!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Love your color palette and seeing the step-by-step process!
Happy PPF!!
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Giggles said...

Thanks for sharing your process!! I always love reading about that!! Great quote and so true!! Very vibrant fun piece!!

Hugs Giggles

Anne Manda said...

Thank you for sharing the steps, very interesting! Lovely work!