I thought it might be nice to share a little bit of journal art that I have been experimenting with. I was looking to try something new to me when I saw THIS tutorial on Pinterest by Nine Scrap. Her awesome blog is in French, which I don't speak, but her work is GORGEOUS. Fortunately for me, her photography broke through the language barrier and I was able to follow along. Here's what I came up with.
I don't own spray ink (yes, dear husband, there are art supplies that I DON'T own), so I just watered down some Golden liquid acrylics as a substitute. I actually love using liquid acrylics in place of inks because they are permanent and won't move around when I add subsequent layers. Layers moving around when I don't want them to is a bit of a pet peeve of mine, you know.
After following along for the first few layers, I sort of started down my own path and used gel medium to attach a heart torn from a Japanese book. I added color to the heart with Gelatos and then blended it all together with gesso and my finger. When the heart was totally dry, I sanded it a bit to reveal the layers. After the whole thing was dry, I used an Inktense pencil and a waterbrush, to shade the heart and the letters, because, apparently, I just can't help myself.
While I was finishing up the page, the neighbor girl was looking over my shoulder. She said that it was "so cool". I thought so too. So thank you Nine Scrap for the inspiration. Both myself and the neighbor girl are impressed with your skills!