Recently Loralee turned me onto the amazingly talented Vicky Papaioannou and her mixed-media art journals which are STUNNING (to say the least). After binge watching almost every journal video she has on YouTube …. I went out and bought an art journal for myself and Loralee so we could experiment this medium! One of our goals this year is to really push ourselves out of our comfort zone, and this is definitely out of that zone for us.
When I started all I knew for sure is I couldn’t wait to use texture paste with stencils and the Prima Bumble-Bee stamp I had just bought on amazon (lol) – We worked with a variety of products but the background was stamped with Tim Holtz distressed inks then a light honeycomb pattern stamp which I used my Prima watercolors to distress a bit as well. As the texture-pasted areas were drying I drew and cut out (my version) of a beehive, water-colored & stamped it, along with a tree for it to hang. Then distressed a piece of twine to hang the beehive from my tree & fastened it to the page. I stamped out my cute little bee’s and a few leaves and flowers from there – attached them with a mixture of modge-podge and glue dots, added the “BEE” stamping and wooden “happy” letters which I had stamped into black archival ink to match the theme. The final touch was a white gel-pen to accent certain areas of the page (beehive, wings, lettering) and I am really excited with how it turned out! I’ll be posting the finished photo/info for Loralee’s journal page as well, so stay tuned! 🙂