I have an art journal I bought over six months ago that I have been staring at, afraid to use, fearful of creating something I would not like, resisting the opportunity to start a new journey in the blank pages staring back at me. Shawn’s Dictionary Page Stencil is one of my favorites. I recently stumbled upon a quote by John Wayne that contained two of the words found on the Dictionary Page stencil. I let that quote inspire me to be courageous and take a journey into my pristine art journal. “Courage is being afraid and going on the journey anyway.” – John Wayne
I started with a muted background using acrylic paints topped with tempera paint. I used the Bicycle 55 stencil and high-flow acrylic paint to add a bicycle to the page. I followed up with the Bricks & Bubbles stencil to ground the bicycle by adding the brick pattern underneath. In order to add the quote to the page, I printed the words in different fonts onto tracing paper and cut each word out.
Additionally, I used the Dictionary Page stencil with pigment ink for the words courage and journey, also done on the tracing paper. I sprayed the words on the tracing paper with a workable fixative before applying them to the journal page with matte gel medium. To give depth to the bricklayer, I used a water-soluble black pencil in between some of the bricks and activated it with water on a small brush. Interest was added to the background, and flowers to the bicycle basket with the Little Flowers Statice stencil. I finished up by adding splatters with black and white high-flow acrylics.
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Masters Touch: Acrylic Gesso – White, (Masters Acrylic Paint Set) Acrylic Paint – Antique Gold, Acrylic Paint – Ocean Green, Tracing Paper, Liquitex: Acrylic Paint – Cobalt Blue, Gel Matte Medium, Golden: High Flow Acrylic – Titanium White, High Flow Acrylic – Carbon Black, Acrylic Paint – Cadmium Yellow Light, Acrylic Paint – Titanium White, Winsor & Newton: Acrylic Paint – Cadmium Orange, Tsukineko: Versa Fine Clair Pigment Ink – Nocturne, Stabilo: Water Soluble Pencil – Black, Ranger: Square Dylusions Creative Journal, RAS: Tempera Paint – White, Krylon: Workable Fixatif.
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