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Today, I created another background using water soluble crayons. I never knew that these crayons existed until I started searching for inspiration and instruction on art journaling.They are amazing because they work like crayons and you can blend their color into a page with water, baby wipes or gesso!
Using these crayons makes me feel like a kid again. I get to scribble! So I did just that, after I chose three colors to apply to the page.
There was a bird on the page, which I planned to highlight in some way. But first, I used a dry paint brush to blend gesso into the crayon scribbles. I did the yellow first and worked my way through each color, so as to not muddy the colors. It makes a nice muted, pastel effect.
I used a paper towel to wipe off the wet paint, so my bird would show through.
I thought I would experiment with foam stamps and gesso to add some interest to this page.
I applied gesso to each stamp with a makeup sponge. Dip some gesso on the sponge, then dab some off before dabbing on stamp, thus getting a crisper image.
I liked the white contrast on the page, so I left it to dry.
When I came back later, I decided to add some more color, using pigment ink pads with some of the same stamps. For the bird and raindrops, I colored over them with water soluble crayons and blended the color into the images with a baby wipe.
These pages are coming together. My next step would be to add journaling and maybe some doodles with a black paint pen. But I will save that for later. In the middle of the pink flower I circled the head of the bird, which was how I ended up making it a focal point, plus I added the bird stamp to keep with my theme.