Wednesday, October 7, 2015

He's got your number

Hi Everyone,
Jess here with an art journal page for you today.  Since it's below 100 degrees it must be Fall in Arizona! Time to break out the scarves and pumpkins.  I made this creepy journal page just for you.  

To start my page I used several colors of mists.  
I used one color at a time, drying between layers to be sure I didn't make mud.  While the page was drying I used my watercolor paper and Stazon ink to stamp my images.
I hit the images with the heat gun because they are about to get very wet.  I wanted to be sure I used my watercolor paper for this part since it hold up to lots of water and doesn't peel up like other cardstock might.  
I used my Distress Markers to color my images.  For the main part of the skull I used Antique Linen.  I scribbled some on the craft sheet and used my water brush to pick up the ink.  This photo is just showing how easy it is to pick up the ink, this is the Faded Jeans I used on the hat.  The Antique Linen is too light to pick up on the craft sheet.  

I gave the skull a quick wash with the Antique Linen.  Once all three skulls had a wash I gave them a quick dry and added more depth.  The nose, edge of the eye sockets, the sides where shadows fall, and any cracks got more layers to add the deeper color.  The teeth and inside the eye sockets got a very washed out layer of Crushed Olive Distress Marker.  
The hats are all shaded with different blues- Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, and Tumbled Glass.  I used the same technique to build up the color on the hats.  A quick wash and then I went back to add more and more layers.  Some spots were hit with the brush 7-8 times to add the layers.  The water brush gives great control and you don't have to worry about spilling a cup of dirty water all over your desk.
I did a terrible job taking pictures of the layers on my background for this one.  I really wanted to focus the tutorial part of this on the waterbrushes, so that got the bulk of the photos.  Ok.  So, once my background was dry I went back and stenciled on skulls with my Stazon.  Added washi tape and used my waterbrush to add color using gelatos.  I also took my gelatos and scribbled all over my stencil.  I misted it with water, flipped it over, and smushed it onto my background.  It made the shatter print and gave some texture to the page. 
I added some tickets and stamped them with an obituary page.  Then pulled out my "nice knowing you" stamp for a final touch.  
A few stenciled words and one more stamp complete the page.  The skulls were layered.  The top one is raised with foam tape.  

If you don't have a water brush check them out.  They make everyone a watercolor artist!
Thanks for popping by,


  1. This project just flows together so nicely. Fabulous composition. I never thought of using a water brush to pink up ink from a marker. You taught me something new!

  2. You mean I'm not the only one who spills a whole cup of liquid all over the desk?

  3. Very cool tag! Love the mist background and the stamped and colorized skulls.

  4. Great October project! Love its spookiness.

  5. Great Journal Page Jess, Spooky and Fun! xx