So, I find myself home alone on Wednesday evening - home alone (well, not quite! The dog is here!) and all geared up for a bit of sketchbooking.
And why am I so enthused?
Because I have found yet another You Tube source of inspiration! This time a lady called Donna Downey.
She has a series of 'Inspiration Wednesday' - so, it being Wednesday, I was inspired.
I started with this, a blank spread in my sketch book.
So I sprayed it with pale blue ink (using Brusho powder) and darker ink using Procion Dye. I would also have used a sand Brusho ink, but the nozzle was blocked (don't you just hate that!)
The Procion ink was very dark, so I blotted it with paper towel (and got a bit mucky to boot!)
Then I selected two acrylic paints, watered them down a tad and applied them with makeup sponges. I sort of followed the 'corner, corner, side' technique to make a nice blended background.
Then I got some blue heavy body acrylic and mixed that with the pinks, to make an almost purplish blue.
I'm liking this.
And then a bit more rummaging through the print block tins, and low, I came upon this gem! A piece of polystyrene cut from a pizza base (I think).
And this is what the page looked like after the two stamp blocks had been pressed into service.
Another stamp block! This one was a real fiddle to make.
And then I found these letter stamps. I think I bought these in Hobbycraft. They were pristine and new.
I used an ink stamp to load up the letters and print on the page.
And finally, I added some gold ink. (it had gone a bit congealed, but still worked).
Jewel like colours!
The finished page.
And here is the super sophisticated Procion Dye spray ink bottle. (obviously I washed it out thoroughly first!)
And then, because there was a good play on the radio, which hadn't finished, I gessoed some old Christmas cards. I am thinking small handmake book with these.
Definitely a very productive Wednesday.
Tomorrow I have to decide how much of the studio to pack and take South to Portsmouth for a long weekend. Difficult, I always want to take it all!