Altered Art Journal Page 2
Oh boy did I have fun creating this art journal page. I believe I finally discovered the art journaling style for me. I even got messy hands in the process. This my friends is something because I cannot stand to have messy hands.
I began my page with a simple image transfer using two photos I took while in Bellagio several years ago teaching at Laura McCullough’s awesome A Kiss On The Chic Creative Art Retreat. Laura hosts some amazing art retreats and if you can you really should join her for at least one. She is an amazing host.
If you want to do an image transfer onto your art journaling page which I highly recommend you do because it is so fun to see the image transfer like magic. You will need to print your photos using a laser printer or copy machine, this is very important. If you use an ink jet printer the ink will run and your image will smear. Also, if your image has wording make sure you flip the image before printing. If you don’t the wording will be backwards once it’s transferred onto your art journaling page. This image transfer technique is a quick one.
The result will be a distressed image. If you are wanting a more precise image transfer I’ll share this technique at a later time.
Quick Image Transfer Technique
- Apply a medium layer of Multi Medium onto paper
- Place Image on top of Multi Medium
- Using a burnishing tool rub over entire image to remove any bubbles between the Multi Medium and image you are transferring
- Let the Multi Medium sit for several minutes then lift an edge of the paper to take a peek, if the image is transferring onto your journal page slowly remove the paper to reveal your image transfer. If the image is not wait a bit longer.
- Once the image is transferred using your finger tip to gently rub the excess paper pulp from the transferred image.
Once I had the images transferred on my art journaling page I started adding paint in shades of yellow, tan and white. I used a wooden Popsicle stick to randomly add color on the edges and around the images. I seriously love how the paint application looks using a Popsicle stick.
Once I had the paint the way I liked it I attached some old stamps and die cut doilies from a dictionary page around the page using my fingers, a paintbrush & Multi Medium.
The floral accent is an image I cut from a vintage postcard and attached using a glue stick and a layer of Multi Medium over the top. I stamped the wording using Jet Black Archival Ink and small alpha stamps then inked the edges of each word using Sepia Archival Ink.
To add a bit more texture and visual appeal I stitched along the sides of each die cut doily using cream thread and a straight stitch. I left the threads hanging from the page as I liked the shabby look and feel.
I’m really happy with the colors, distressed images and all around feel of this art journaling page. You can bet I’ll be making more shabby chic pages soon.