Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Final Touch of Ink.....Know When to STOP!

This is the end result of lots of days of playing with paint and ink.

If you were here several days ago, before we left for vacation, I started this watercolor journal page.

This is how it looked the other night, when I decided to STOP!

It's not easy to see in this format, so I'll show some of the details

If you look below, this was all white from a stencil and Snow Cap Paint Dabber.

I found these really fun little clear stamps from Inkadinkado in Florida that I rolled here and there using Dyan Reaveley's technique of not putting them on a stamp block. Works really well! (check out her blog for fabulous tutorials!!!)

I originally used Deep Purple Archival Ink over this spot....did NOT turn out well...WAY too bright and not a good color combo.

SO.....I painted over with white paint, that picked up some of the color, that was OK.

Then I added some water to Claudine's Altered Orange Studio Paint and gave it a wash.

OK, that looked better, then I added the stamping again with COFFEE Archival Ink..

YES!!!! Much better. If you don't like it, COVER IT UP!

Start again.

Here I added lots of doodles with pens...White, Distress and Black Gel.

More ink around the letters and such.

You can see where I used a Dylusions stamp on the edge and just added more of the same squares to enlarge the area of checkerboard.

I LOVE these little birds that I found... too cute.

Some stamping with French Ultramarine Archival over the white paint.

Also added some color to the hand with a Distress Marker.

So in conclusion....this is what we started with...Distress Stains.

This was the middle with a few layers added.

And this is the end result. Hard to believe I TONED down the color with Walnut Stain spray, but you can see it in the closeups.

Be well and enjoy!



Kaz said...

Stunning pages Linda, love all the detail.....,awesome!


Nancy said...

WOW!!!! This is absolutely wonderful, Linda!! Love it!!

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Lynne Forsythe said...

just GET OUT.....this is FREAKIN' AMAZING!!!

Kathie said...

This is incredible!! I love the way you did it. Is there a tutorial in the future?

Linda Cain said...

Kathy, that would be very interesting. I kind of told about separate sections along the way, but a tutorial for a complete page would be something to think about!


Bella said...

I love the way you have shown us the various stages and the detailed shots so we can get a better look. Less is just a little bit more...Well done!

Marianne/skorpionen said...

wow!!! This is just fabolous!!! Love how it turned out in the end!

Kate said...

Awesome journal layout! So detailed and colorful. Love that technique you used.

Susan said...

What a great journal page! I know what you mean about when to stop - seems like you could keep going. Love the final result.

Dylan said...

fabby page babe xx

Sue said...

Absolutely amazing! Thanks to Dyan for posting the link.

Red Kitty said...

Wow this is awesome, so detailed. Looked at it quite a few times and each time see something new. Love it.
Sandra B

Michelle Webb said...

Really, really cool! So much to take in, and dead interesting. All those layers, it's like a Russian doll of art. Michelle x

ellen vargo said...

Absolutely FABULOUS!!! Love it!

Shari Carroll said...

Wow Linda... absolutely stunning!!! I wanna play like that too!

Martina2801 said...

Linda, your journal page is creative and beautiful. Really so eye-catching and the colours are perfect. Great work!

Marijane said...

Linda, it has been fun following along with you in stages and seeing the creative mind in progress! Hope some of it has rubbed off on me. As usual, all of your lovely details are what make these journal pages stunning!

Lori said...

I agree with everyone else..WOW! Stunning work, love the white over everything. Those colors are just fab!

2amscrapper said...

magnificent! I'm still working on this whole painting/journaling concept. Thanks for the inspiration!

Candy C said...

Linda, your pages are AMAZING! I love the bright vivid colors you were able to achieve with the Distress Stains! That's so impressive!!! Almost as bold as what I am assuming Dyan's Dylusional sprays will be like. (I'm STILL waiting on mine from Ranger). :) Anyway...your piece is just fabulous! I love all of your writing and how you've doodled on it using the white opaque pen. It's all just so cool to see! <3 Candy

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh MY! These pages are stunning. I love how you've layered up the colors and your dodling is just divine!