Beat the ugly stage of art journaling. The ugly stage of art, you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. Sometimes it’s hard to push through and get past the ugly. Here’s how with a little washi tape, gel printing, and embossing paste.
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Gel Print Backgrounds
My mixed media art journaling started off well with one of my favorite techniques, gel printing. Gel printing quickly adds a base layer of color to the background. I gel printed two pages with a 5 x 7 Gel Press. The art journal pages measure 5.75 x 8.25-inches, leaving a lovely white border.
The Ugly Stage
Yeah, then things got ugly. Truthfully, I think this is a personal thing that’s all in my head, but I struggle with brown. I’m all good with brown in the background, but as a focal point, Nah, not so much.
I wasn’t feeling the doodling I did with a brown Pitt Artist maker. So, I slept on it and came back in the morning with a new plan to beat the ugly stage of art journaling.
Beat the Ugly Stage of Art Journaling
Of course, if you want to know the deets, you gotta watch this short art journaling video. Including, clever coverups and trying something new with alcohol ink.
I didn’t mention this in the video, but I brayered white and lavender paint over the stickers and washi tape. The pristine stickers and washi tape looked out of place with the heavily distressed background.
So, a light layer of paint assisted the cohesiveness of the piece. It’s all about building layers.
More Washi Tape Inspiration
If you’re only using washi tape to seal your envelopes, then you’re missing out. Need more ideas? Check out these creative cards with unique petal washi tape.
Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you’ve found inspiration to beat the ugly stage of art journaling or any art for that matter. See you soon!
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