On day 20 of the #ArtMarks30DayChallenge hosted by Rae Missigman, the prompt was "bold." I've been wanting to try doodling some leaves lately and decided that this prompt was a fun way to integrate that desire to incorporate leaves into the art journal page.
I started with mono printing using my mini gelli plate. I've only a limited experience with gelli plate printing and definitely need to practice more (I'm thinking that might be my next entire journal theme!) It's a fun, addicting thing for me to play with the gelli plate and make different backgrounds with all sorts of colors and textures. I get to take out some of my stencils as well as found objects to use on the gelli plate.
So I started with a very bold and colorful background using greens, teals, yellows, oranges, blues and reds. Then I drew out my leaf patterns and painted into the negative space with white gesso so that the background can be seen subtly. Once that was all dry, I outlined each leaf with a waterproof black pen, then went around each leaf again with a water soluble black pencil. That gives it a bit of "pop" off the page.
I'm really loving how it turned out because it's not something that is typically my "style." I like stepping outside of my comfort zone when creating in journals such as this. Gives me practice as well as confidence to do something I wasn't sure I could do when I started!
Enjoy your weekend! We're getting another 8-12" of snow tomorrow!