Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tutorial Tuesdays: Art Journal Page by Bonnie

Howzit Stamping Friends!
YAY, it's Tuesday, time to share our 3rd LeighSBDesigner tutorial with you all😀

LeighSBDesigner Bonnie has a fabulous Art Journal Page for you today!

Hi everyone.  It's Bonnie here today to share with you my process for this art journal page featuring the gorgeous Sunshine in Her Hair image by LeighSBDesigns. I absolutely adore this image.  I love colouring faces and hair and I also am smitten with anything celestial so this image checked all of my wish list boxes.

I began by colouring the image with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. When hair is wavy and a little complicated, I colour a section at a time using 4 - 5 different colours and progressing from lightest to darkest.  I coloured the sun design before finishing the bottom of her hair so that I wouldn't get confused between hair and rays...that really made it easier.  Once the image was coloured, I fussy cut her leaving a narrow white margin around the image.  This strengthens the skinny pieces so they don't tear off when handling and gluing.  She was then matted with black cardstock and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border.  I like how this frames her and helps her contrast with the background.

To create the art journal background, I began with a 6 x 8 inch piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  Ranger Texture Paste was scraped through Tim Holtz Rays Layering Stencil and allowed to dry thoroughly. Once dry,  the page was spritzed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Yellow Rose of Texas, Marigold yellow Orange, and California Poppy Gold Starburst Sprays. The card was tipped in several directions before laying it flat to dry so you can see pooling of more intense colour around the edges and next to the rays.

To help create more shadows and emphasize the dimension of the rays, Sienna Gold Inktense pencil was added below each one and then activated with a water brush. A lighter version of the same step was added above each ray as well.  White Sharpie Water Based Paint pen was added to the top of each raised ray and softened slightly with my finger.  This took a few coats, drying in between each, to get the intensity I wanted.

Once the Inktense pencil was dry (I didn't want to wreck my pen), black pen was used to outline the bottom edge of each ray to really help them pop and to emphasize the cragginess of the stenciling.  To add some sparkle, because this is the sun we're talking about here, Icicle Stickles were added to each ray, spreading it with my finger.  A simple doodled border was added to the outside edges to frame the page.  Dried Marigold Distress Ink was used to intensify the colour around the outside edges of the background.

The image was adhered in place with foam tape to add dimension and create natural shadow around her.

The sentiment was printed onto white cardstock and cut into individual words.  These were each matted with black cardstock and popped up on foam tape before being added above the image.

Finally, to complete the page and frame it, a black cardstock mat cut 1/4 inch bigger on all sides was added to the back of it.  I love the contrast this brings and also how it helps keep the eye on the page itself.

Thanks for stopping by today for our weekly inspirational post and tutorial. 

We would love to see what you create with this or any of Leigh's wonderful images from her Etsy Boutique

You are very welcome to share your art on the LeighSBDesigns Facebook group.  It's a great place to hang out!
 Sunshine in Her Hair is on FLASH SALE today only so dash on over and add her to your collections😉

Happy Stamping!


  1. WOW!!!! Absolutely stunning project Bonnie. It's just WOWZERS!!

    With smiles


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