After not having any creative flow due to the “crud” last week I was excited to get back to my altered book. Here’s how I decide what to do next on my page. There are parts I really like and some I don’t – that will happen on most of your pages. That’s just how it goes so practice looking at your favorite parts.
This is a great exercise in noticing where your focus it – does it go to the positive parts or does your inner judge come out? If you can start here to focus on your “good stuff” then it will be easier to calm that inner judge that seems to be lurking around. This is a type of mindfulness – practice bringing your attention back to the moment and not get sucked into your internal dialog with your judge & victim parts.
I got some that shimmer and they are very silvery. It’s pretty but hard to see because of the reflection. Solid colors may be easier to work on top of.
I sprayed it all over for background color – easy & fast.
If you have a detailed stencil use a small dauber and just a little paint. You may have to go over it several times with layers of paint, but it won’t squish under your stencil because there’s too much paint.
You can create a border around both pages, one page, or have your design start in the middle of the page spread.
Here’s some ideas for layouts:
I used the same dauber and this time it was too big.
I saw that I had pounced off the edge – so I made it part of the design.
Incorporating your “mistakes” into your page can really look cool – just go with it.
To help the design look like I did it on purpose, I made circles with the dauber at the top and bottom of the page. I used a white gel pen to draw in the triangles, dot the over flow areas, and make accents on the circles.
White gel pens on dark areas are awesome. The pens are finicky and they dry out quickly. Just be patient with them and buy them in pairs so you have a backup.
I also used a lime green gel pen to make swirls and outline the green stencil.
I didn’t have any theme in mind when I did this and I grabbed the first thing I picked up.
I found more angel collage pictures in my stash and added those.
I didn’t really feel like writing a lot on this page so the circles gave me just enough room to write a little.
That’s how I do my pages 1)Background 2)Focal design 3)Doodles 4)other elements in layers 5)more doodles
You don’t have to finish a page all at once – go back to it as you come up with ideas for it.