Things are starting to get busy for me. Christmas is less than two weeks away and I have shopping to do, wrapping to do, baking to do, and gift-making to do. I have decided to put aside my holiday art journal until at least the day after Christmas. I think there will still be time to fill it up by the first week in January when other art commitments will take its place.
I did finish two pages today. Both were quick and easy.
This started out as Christmas paper that I had folded and sewn into my hand-made journal. It is slightly redder than the photo makes out with a faint pink texture in the background and 3 tiny pink elephants. I outlined the little elephants and then laid a large elephant mask on the paper and outlined it. I used a different stencil in a Marakesh pattern over the outline and pounced frosted pink paint through the stencil. Once the paint dried I outlined the pattern using the same Signo Broad pen in blue-black. I added the words using the blue-black pen and tried to fill in the puffy letters with a light pink souffle pen which didn’t quite work. It reacted with the blue-black pen so it is not as clean as I would have liked. But I do like the page. It is rather non-traditional but the frosty pink adds some holiday zest.
For this one, I drew and collaged various Christmas trees onto a page of Bristol paper in the journal. I had previously dripped Adirondack ink in red and teal on the top of the page. I decorated some of the trees using Pitt Big Brush pens and Sakura souffle pens. Others, specifically those collaged from colorful papers, I left as is. It was a simple page to put together and I wish I had not used a page with the ink at the top. But it is colorful and full of Christmas tree cheer.
You may not see me on the blog again until after Christmas, but rest assured I will be creating daily. I hope to show you some of my hand-made gifts after the holiday itself. I hope you find time in your busy holiday schedule for creativity too. Good wishes to you all during this holiday season!
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