The act of freely creating art is so tremendously theraputic for me. Experimenting with techniques and materials, makes my heart so happy. My art journal is my happy place-sometimes I create art and journal on top of it, sometimes I create art with a inspirational quote, sometimes I create art, just for the sake of creating art. Sometimes I work out some feelings that I am having and sometimes, I just like to play with colors, patterns and textures. I just love my art journal. I hope that you will give it a try-there are no rules, no guidelines, except to have fun! ART IS FUN!
A friend shared some fabulous new Balzer Designs stencils and the newest Adrienne Looman collection for Webster's pages-"Sweet Routine". My friend knows how much I LOVE anything Adrienne Looman and that I cannot get enough of the open ended-ness of stencils! I could not wait to get home, turn on Spodify, break out some paints and start creating!
Dig out your stencils, art journal and your big imagination and give this technique a try! If you like it, let me know and I'll share some more!
1. I started with a piece of watercolor paper, the mini peacock doily stencil from crafter's workshop, and some rubber cement. Cover all of the openings of the stencil with a thick coat of rubber cement, then carefully peel off stencil and clean with soap and water.
2. let the rubber cement dry completely-about 5 minutes.
3. Paint over entire image with water color, experimenting with your intensity of color. I used a cheap kiddo water color set -but you can use whatever you have on hand.
4. I painted the entire sheet of watercolor paper
5. Once your paint is dry, you'll need to remove the rubber cement-you can do it the old fashioned rolling it off with your finger technique or you can use Xyron's adhesive remover square-it works like a charm!
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6. Once all of the rubber cement has been removed, you can start to build more artwork onto the fabulous base you've created! This is where the beautiful papers from the Sweet Routine collection enter! I cut some strips to create a "frame" and then started to get down with some fussy cutting, punching and pen work. My 150 create a sticker was the perfect tool for applying all of my little bits and pieces to my base.
7. As a finishing touch, I added some sequins randomly with Xyron's liquid adhesive, found in the Teresa Collins adhesive kit.
I am so happy with the results and just know that I will be using this unusual resist technique over and over in many future projects! I hope I've inspired you to break out your art supplies and go out and make something cool today!