So, this week the Get Messy girls are answering a prompt.
Our prompt comes from Sabine and she challenged us to 'live our adventurous dreams on paper'.
I love the outdoors. Everything from camping to hiking to eating over a fire and sleeping under the stars, is an adventure to me. Being outdoors allows for exploration, curiosity, wonder, simplicity, natural beauty, inspiration...and I want all of it.
To make this page, I used Photoshop to create the letters out of photos I had gathered in my 'Adventure' board on Pinterest. Then, using gel medium, I adhered each letter to my page.
The text around the letters reads: My idea of adventure is to be outdoors exploring the mountaintops and the forest floors and everything in between. I'd eat, sleep and live in nature with only the necessities.
The second half of our challenge this week was to try a new technique. Since every week I try something new, this one didn't catch me offguard. I simply checked my list of things I wanted to try. High on my list was the packing tape transfer technique and this seemed like the perfect week to give it a try.
This technique is very simple with stunning results. I started by printing my image on a laser printer. Apparently toner ink the best for this technique (over inkjet). Then I layed the packing tape over my image. Since my image was large I had to use 3 strips of tape. It took two tries to lay the tape straight and even then I had a bit of a gap. Oh well.
Next, I soaked the paper with tape in water for about 5 minutes. The fun part is rubbing the soaked paper off the tape and seeing the image revealed. I must say I was wowed by the end result.
A more accurate packing tape transfer tutorial can be found on A Beautiful Mess.
After my tape was completely dry, I adhered it to my journal page with gel medium. This left my image covered in a glossy coat to seal the image and ensure that the ink will not bleed. As such, I was a bit afraid that I would not be able to write on top of the glossy coat, however, I was pleased to discover that I could. Instead of using ink, I opted for a fine permanent marker to do my lettering and then left it overnight to dry.
This truly was a simple and fun technique and I will definitely be using this one again!
And here is a look at my two pages together...
Just a note: I am using a regular paper notebook. To give my pages each week a bit more stability I am adhering 4 pages together. Sometimes I use gesso to prepare the page for wet medium and sometimes I just work right on the raw page. This week I left my pages raw, however, as you can see the gel medium caused the pages to ripple. I do not love that for these pages, but I am not going to stress over it either. I look forward to finishing this notebook and working in one that has the proper paper to handle the sorts of techniques that I am trying.
Overall, I am loving this journey into art journaling...
Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages and who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.