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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Step by Step (Almost) Journal Page

I took these photos via Instagram so the colors are a little off then what they should be.

I started this page by collageing it using a focal image (from a magazine), large chunk of background paper (Hambly), Washi tape and pink masking tape. I added journaling with a black Sakura Glaze pen. I also used an arrows stamp (along the top of the page) from Eclectic Omnibus.
I went in and added layers of paint using three colors:
a light color (yellow)
a medium color (magenta)
and a dark color (teal)
I added some white here and there.
More layers of the same colors. I also rubbed the paint dry with a rag as I worked. I also removed/wiped off paint as well.
I added some more color with my Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 pencils.
Using a bone folder, I went in and added old white rub on letraset letter transfers randomly.
I added some gold script tape along the top:
I took my Sakura black glaze pen and went back in over the previous journaling so it popped more. I also traced over the "authetic city" at the bottom (graffiti washi tape) and added an "n" to it):
I used a teal Sakura Souffle pen and Crafters Workshop template Gathered Flowers TCW176 along the right side of the page. Crafters Workshop makes the BEST stencils and I love using bits and pieces of them and coloring them in with pens:
After the pen work had dried, I went in with my .35 Koh-I-Noor Rapidosketch pen and traced over the stencil work:
I added journaling (writing on the pink tape) with my rapidosketch pen again:
I felt like the page still needed something else so I added the curly q's along the left side of the page with my rapidosketch and when it dried, I colored in the loops with a white uniball signo pen:
Finally, I colored in the area to the left of the curly q's with a teal Souffle pen:
Here's the finished page (the colors look more vibrant in real life):
I don't always work this way. I try to approach the page differently each time. I like playing with different layouts and ways to collage the page. I'll pull color from the page or add my own! It's all good.

Thanks for following along with me!


Anonymous said...

Kelly, I just love it, and you. xxx


Ophelia said...

Gorgeous artwork!! I really love your work. Thanks so very much for sharing your process.

Kelly Kilmer said...

Thanks, ladies, for the kind words!!

daisy69778 said...

I just appreciate this so much, step by step and lists of supplies AND where to get them! You are awesome!

Caatje said...

Fantastic. It's great to see how you layer a page. Thanks for sharing and...the result is gorgeous!

Seth said...

Thanks for the tour Kelly. Fascinating, fun and a beautiful page.

Debby said...

Thanks for sharing your techniques. It is always nice when someone is willing to share. Like how you achieved all of the beautiful colors!

emily cline said...

love love loved seeing your process! thank you thank you thank youuuu!

eli said...

I love the colors you're using in this new journal!

Cat said...

I love a good, long post from you especially when you are sharing about your favorite supplies (like tapes!!!) or an awesome stepped out process like the one for this journal page!

Kelly Kilmer said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm hoping that by sharing my process that folks can see it's all trial and error and that the more you ask yourself, "WHAT IF?" and TRY IT then the more it will all start to click. :)

MarleneMAZ said...

Loved seeing this step by step, thanks Kelly. I have a couple of those Woody pencils but haven't figured out the best way to use them yet.

Beth Bardino said...

Kelly, I love to see that you're working with paint again. While I love working with paper, sometimes
paint provides me with just the look I'm aiming for.

mette laumann said...

i love your paintings

sara said...

Oh, I hope that you'll do these more often! I LOVED "watching" your creative process and seeing how each step added a wee bit more but really added a lot of depth, etc.. it's just amazing to see! It's like picking your brain! I'm glad you're using paint again, I have to admit! ;)