Over at PaperArtsy they have given their challenge a makeover and the new format is great. Their first topic is Fragile Papers and there are some amazing examples to inspire us. Now I consider myself to be relatively new to mixed media and Art Journaling even though I've been dabbling for a while. I'm always on the lookout for new learning opportunities and grabbed at the chance to have a go. I've joined a couple of Facebook art groups and needed to decorate the cover of a new Art Journal I'm going to be working on over the year following weekly prompts so I did this -
I started by applying tissue paper (plain and printed) and mulberry paper (with ranger glue 'n' seal) to the cover which I had first painted with gesso. I added grunge past through a heart stencil and once all this was dry I spritzed with perfect pearls in pink and turquoise - you can see this in the top right corner on the main pic above where the light picks it up.
I added some script stamping to the background before adding a cluster of bits and pieces - is this called ephemera? The base layer for this is a page from a pocket dictionary (so more fragile paper) coloured with more DI, then there is some lace, burlap ribbon, die cut pieces, an old stamp (which isn't as florescent pink IRL as it looks here!) and some dew drops as well as the title in die cut letters on a piece of distressed corrugated card.