"One must always be careful of books and what is inside them for words have the power to change us."
spoken by Tessa Gray, The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
One of the things I see a lot of discussions about on mixed media and art journaling forums is how to add texture to art journal spreads without adding too much weight. It's fun to use gels and pastes and goopy mediums, but a lot of time, these add a lot of heaviness to an art journal page that I don't necessarily want, so I've developed a few easy methods of layering on the texture without the extra weight when I'm working in my journals.
This art journal spread was created on Arches cold press watercolor paper and I started with a few pretty basic supplies - texture embossed pieces of cardstock that I ran through my Big Shot, some little tic tac sized bits of chipboard that I cut up myself, some mod podge and tissue paper.
First I decided which pieces of textured cardstock I wanted to use and tore them into smaller pieces and layered them on the watercolor paper with mod podge.
While those pieces were drying, I added pools of mod podge randomly on the pages and sprinkled the little bits of chipboard over them. I pressed them into the mod podge slightly to make sure they were actually sticking to the adhesive, then I let it all dry. So thankful mod podge dries quickly!
Once those pieces were dry, I sponged a generous amount of mod podge on over the chipboard and then covered those areas in tissue paper, working the tissue paper in between the pieces of chipboard and letting it wrinkle up as much as it would.
This is how it looked after all that - now it's ready for colour, and lots of it!
I'm in love with bright, vibrant colours, can you tell? I applied the paint pretty randomly, but after the first layer was dry, I brushed a contrasting color over the textured areas to accentuate them a bit more.
Decided to add some scraps of old book pages brushed with a little bit of paint.
Brushed some copper acrylic ink over some of the textured areas to create some contrast and give it a patina look.
So this is what the background looked like and then I went back in and use some tiny scrapbook letter stickers to add the quote. I used the felt clockwork rub-ons from Prima to add a little more texture and because the quote is from The Clockwork Angel.
A close-up of some of the texture areas :)