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An Angel Calling...another journal page & technique

Hi all! Becky here today to share another journal page with you & a rather happy accident-technique I came up with...
I started by applying Heavy Body Acrylic paint in Titan Buff; & adhering along the side strips of handmade paper with music notes (found at a local art supply, before realizing the Tim Holtz tissue tape would have worked too!). Then I knew I wanted to use some modeling paste with a scroll stamp along the other I grabbed my bottle & started spreading it on before I realized that it was CRACKLE PASTE! Oh well, just go with it...There are no mistakes in art, right?!
 Well, the effect was AWESOME so I just kept adding my layers!
before & after paint
When the paste was dry, I applied a wash of Antelope Brown Acrylic Ink, blotting here & there with a towel; let dry. Then another wash of Acrylic Ink in Burnt Umber, blotting again.
After those layers were dry, I rubbed in Heavy Body paint in "Parchment", then a little "Rose Chair."
{I also tried a technique I came across to age the page using instant coffee mixed into a gel medium...but other than the wonderful smell of coffee, I didn't see much difference on this page. I'll have to try it again later.}
Once the collage elements were adhered & dry, I rubbed a little gesso & watered down Ecru paint to the dress & dove just to alter the color slightly. Using a graphite pencil, I darkened the dress shadows a little more & outlined a little around the 2 of them. Hard to see in the pix, but here's a close-up anyway...
I applied a coat of matte varnish & just when I thought I was finished, I pulled out the Perfect Pearls & added some sparkle here & there, but it doesn't really show in these pix. I rubbed gold & copper into the crackle swirls & then added some more gold around the head of the angel.
For this page I used 2 collage sheets from Altered Pages - the postcard in the dove's mouth is from the mailbox sheet & the woman & angel are from the Angelic Whispers sheet (I enlarged this one to a 5x7 size in PSE). And had I had some on hand, I would have loved to have used some of the Terri Sproul mixers or the Leafing in the swirls instead of my Perfect Pearls for an even more stunning gilded effect!

I hope you enjoyed my journal page today & I hope to see you soon!


  1. This is stunning. Love the instant coffee idea!

  2. The page is beautiful! I am going to have to invest in more paint. I always have instant coffee!!

  3. Love your color choices! Now I want to go use my crackle paste on something!

  4. There are definitely no mistakes in art Becky only opportunities! I love your page, like Ingrid I too want to go and crackle paste something, mine has been neglected for far too long! xx


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