Hi friends, today I have a beautiful art journal page to share with you that I’ve created using the Clique Kits August Mood Board. You can find more details about this month’s board over in the Facebook group: The Clique Facebook Group. Mood boards are so much fun to play with, I typically love to use elements of a mood board as starting points, and then let my process take it from there. For this month’s Mood Board, I was inspired by a painted background, so I set out to recreate my own version of that background. If you’d like to see other art journal pages from me, check out this link: Art Journal/Mixed Media Layouts. Follow along with my process below!
This month’s Mood Board is all about the end of summer, melting into fall season. The colors of this Mood Board are just absolutely gorgeous, and notice the painted background in the center – that is what inspired me to paint my background. I also liked the contrasting, bold words on top of that background. One other thing was the plates and cups at the bottom – I’ve incorporated circles into my layout with the bicycle! The ephemera from Fancy Pants in the Cape May kit had a bicycle in it, so this seemed like the perfect kit to go with this inspiration!
Painting this background was so cathartic and fun. I’ve used Tim Holtz Distress Paints and Sprays, mostly because they are easily blended, dry quickly, and create a beautiful finish. Before I began painting, I prepared my page with a good layer of gesso. To get such gorgeous texture in the gesso, I used a really rough paint brush that left the most magical and messy paint strokes. I also used bits of washi tape around the page, that adds a little more texture and pattern. You could also use patterned papers, if you liked that better, but I like washi tape because it has an opaque quality that keeps it light on the page. These are the colors I used for my background:
- Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Spray
- Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Spray
- Tim Holtz Wild Honey Distress Paint
- Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Paint
- Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Spray
Isn’t that a delicious background?! I loved how the colors melted together, and how the brush strokes took the paint, and just the overall progression across the page from blue to yellow to pink is magical. I hope this inspires you to try this out! I left this to dry for several hours, just to make sure the paint was all set, and then I came back to finish it up. I had already cut apart this adorable floral sheet from Carta Bella – this was in the Cape May Kit from Clique Kits. I felt like they would make the cutest frame around this bicycle!
Using my hot glue gun, I added all of the florals around the bicycle, and then adhered the bicycle. My concept here was that the bicycle is moving through the seasons, moving forward. Once I had all that glued down, then I stamped my working title. I created this page in the midst of life changes going on right now, one kid is heading off to college, I’m possibly going back to work, and it feels uncertain (not in a panic kind of way, just in a change is inevitable kind of way). And so I wanted to remind myself that seasons change, life changes, and those changes have new things to show us. So off we go! That is what I wrote in my journaling, just some simple affirmations about being ready for these changes. I also added a few tiny puffy stickers, because every layout needs puffy stickers, and that little strand of lights completes the vignette.
How about you? Are you going through some changes right now? I hope you will make time to create something in the midst of the changes, and I hope that the new seasons bring many beautiful things your way! See you again soon.