These Three Remain

Good morning, friends!

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a new journal page in progress because I keep forgetting to stop and take pictures! But, I finally remembered, so here we are…a fresh journal page to share today. Watch for links in my text. I link to the products as I go. Click the link to go to more information for that product. If you have any more questions about products or techniques, send me a note. I’d be happy to talk more about this project with you! OK, here we go…

This one started out as a blank white page in my mixed media journal . The white paper can been intimating sometimes, don’t you think? I decided to cover it with collage. It helps me if I have somewhat of an idea on what I am making. But much of my process is figuring it out as I go…and improvising! But, for this, I knew I wanted to make a Cross in the middle, so I thought some music would make a good backdrop. I took some pages from a hymnal I picked up at a used book store, cut the words into various sizes and shapes, and glued them down like this:

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Now we’re ready for some color. I have been playing around with acrylic inks ….LOVE them, by the way! They are so fluid – transparent, versatile. I am learning you only need a small amount because the color is so intense. I doused my page with a couple different blues because I was (initially) thinking a sky background. Here was my first look after smearing it around a little….not too interesting at this point:

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My cute little acrylic ink bottles posed for the picture too! :)

I added a green and a pearly gold to just the bottom of the page, and then my page started getting interesting….

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I also stamped the top half of the page with the flower stamp in Cranberry Ranger Adirondack ink . Next, I added a layer of white acrylic paint stamped on with bubble wrap. Here’s a picture so far, along with all the supplies I’ve used….

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I printed the gold Cross to cut out and make my own template, and filled it in with Golden Crackle Paste (the jar to the top of the Cross). Here’s a picture of these steps:

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I taped it down in the center of the page with painter’s tape and applied the crackle paste with my finger, being careful to push down the edges so the paste didn’t get underneath the template:

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I had a couple smudgy places I cleaned up with a damp paper towel and Q-tip. The paste wipes away easily to fix any spots where it sneaked under the template anyway, despite your best efforts. Or you could leave the smudges too…they do add character! That’s the great part about art…just roll with your “mistakes”….and keep on going.

OK, I admit I was a little ink-happy in these next steps. What can I say I was delirious with delight in playing with these and letting them run all over my Christmas tablecloth (did you notice my “Merry and Bright” table covering?) I paint on my kitchen counter most of the time, so it is very important to keep it covered. These dollar store lined plastic tablecloths are wonderful because you can wad it up and throw it in the closet when you’re done, until next time. They hold up well under lots of drippy abuse!

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Looking at these pictures, I remembered a product I forgot to tell you about…. gelatos !! How could I forget to tell you about gelatos??? They are great and can be used in a variety of ways. I ordered this awesome set for only $20! Check out all the vibrant colors…the set comes with 10 colors! I used the lemon yellow and mango colors from this set. See how lovely those colors pop out from the blue. I also decided I didn’t like the bubble wrap white as the top layer on the bottom of my page. So, I added more layers to the bottom in green and gold ink, and also let some of the blues drip down from the top into the bottom….I liked this effect. I also liked outlining the Cross with the inks. The gold ink really added a pop with the blue. I continued to ink my page while I waited for the crackle paste to dry, which was taking forever!!

Some cracks finally started to appear, and I was tired of waiting, so I dived into painting the Cross next. I used Golden fluid acrylics , yellow oxide and pyrrole red right out of the bottle, painting with a smaller flat brush. I wanted to create a stained glass effect. I tried to follow the cracks in the paste, and added a few of mine own as well. You can never have too many cracks! And, sad to say, friends, this is the step when my picture-taking fell through the cracks as well. I got so carried away, I forgot to stop and take a picture of my progress!

Let me show you the final page, and walk you through the products and steps I took to get there:

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First, I’ve mentioned before how much I love to use stabilo pencils . I outlined my cracks with black, as well as, the perimeter of the Cross. I also alternated white and black on the bottom, creating a grid-like pattern. This was just random to add another layer. I used a blending stump to smear it a little.

Next, I wanted more of the background hymns to show through. I used a damp paper towel to wipe away paint in some spots. I alternated between this and the lemon yellow and mango gelatos to add back in some color.

I used a honeycomb stencil and some raw umber paint around the border. I applied the paint with my finger through the stencil and then blotted with the damp paper towel to make it lighter and give it an aged effect.

I painted Faith – Hope – Love freehand with a detail brush and black fluid acrylic around the Cross. I also straightened a large paper clip and used it all over, but concentrating around the border, to make lots of scratch marks on the surface.

Last, I noticed some wing-looking shapes emerging in places where the hymns were showing through. I decided to outline them and inadvertently created two angel-looking creatures on each side of the Cross. I literally just scribbled some lines with my stabilo pencil. (You have permission to scribble!)I liked the symbolism of this. It looked like the angels were gathered in worship at the foot of the Cross. I also liked how the orange stabilo pencil looked against the blue inks. So, I used the orange pencil to start marking a grid-like pattern up the right side of the page. This then reminded me of Jacob’s ladder – the account in Genesis 28 of his dream when He saw angels descending up and down stairs to heaven. I decided to take my “ladder” all the way up the page, like stairs for the angels who had descended to praise Jesus at the foot of the Cross.

Finally, I added a border digitally…and there you have it!

“And now these three remain, faith, hope, and love….but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Have a great day, friends, and take heART!

Robyn

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