Mix Media Art Journal, Pages 5 & 6

I continued to work on the art journal, this time using a lot of mixed media..

I used my own Gesso recipe:
1/4 cup Plaster of Paris
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white acyrlic (craft) paint
1/4 cup white glue

The book I’ve been working on is a kid’s cardboard book and here are the links to the previous videos I’ve made:
Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCHo2IT-dfQ
Pages 2 and 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g4m-yiECXc

After covering both pages with my homemade gesso (and putting a piece of cardboard between the pages I’m working on and the next page to ensure the gesso doesn’t seep onto them) then letting the pages dry..I took a light blue page of mulberry paper ( Link to a variety pack at Amazon https://tinyurl.com/y5gnnza2) and stamped a retired Stampin Up large butterfly stamp called Swallowtail..still available on ebay..here’s a link to the cheapest one I found. https://tinyurl.com/y3b84pmo    I used Gina K Amalgam ink in black that works with watercolors or alcohol inks to ink the stamp and then stamped it onto the light blue mulberry paper. Since it’s such a big stamp, I laid the paper onto the stamp to transfer the ink. I used Elmer’s School Glue gel to attach the mulberry paper to the journal.
I took a darker blue mulberry paper and used a water brush to wipe over it to be able to easily rip it apart. I did the same with the light blue paper, then using the same gel glue, glued the pieces on the right page (we’ll call it page 6)….
After the left side (page 5) dried, I used Tanmit brush markers (link: https://tinyurl.com/yd6xhdqg) and colored the butterfly as well as some small bees I’d stamped around the butterfly. Once I finished coloring page 5, I went to page 6 and glued down some flowers from a napkin..When the flowers dried, you could see the dark blue beneath, so I glue an identical flower over it. I didn’t have enough to cover all of the flowers, so went to a peacock napkin, cut out one large peacock and flowers from the same napkin, this time leaving the white backing on the napkin…I cut out the peacock and glued first the white backing to the book, then added the peacock over it. I did the same with small orange flowers from the same napkin.I found wet glue was too wet for the napkin so used glue sticks to glue down the peacock and flowers.
I went back to page 5 and glued down a blue napkin that had birds in the distance on it everywhere except where the butterfly was.. I stamped some bees around the butterfly then used a variety of Stickles colors link: https://tinyurl.com/y4y2tnjj  that match the butterfly and bees and completely covered the both images.
Over to page 6, I found the word Happiness on a piece of cardstock that I trimmed out and colored around the edges with a Touch Five marker to make the word stand out…I used a glue stick to adhere it to the page. Then I used a white gel pen to go around all of the flowers, leaves and peacock. I used Ranger black enamel to color over the word “Happiness” link: https://tinyurl.com/y4taq4m2 to make the word stand out.. I also added it to the birds on page 5 (the butterfly page.)
I cut a page out of the art journal so it would lay flat, but instead it’s falling apart, so I hot glued it together and now it won’t stay together properly….so don’t cut any pages out of your cardboard kid’s books…

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