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Destiny is the Rising Sun Art Journal Page

By: Black Hole Art Studio
April 19, 2016

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Destiny is the Rising Sun Art Journal Page
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I love quotes, song lyrics, and words that make me think. I am a hard rock kind of girl, and I was listening to Bad Company’s song of the same title, and I thought about what this lyric means to me. I think it has to do with what I do with my life, the path I follow, perhaps as an artist, and that it begins with the rising sun, the start of each new day. Pretty simple, don’t you think? So let’s play!

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Hansa Yellow Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cerulean Blue
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Liquid Glass
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Gold Rush
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Champagne Ice
  • 5 by 8 Art Journal
  • Texture Rubber Stamp
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Collage Images
  • Assorted Brushes

Instructions:

Lay strip of masking tape down center of journal pages to keep paints from seeping through to the underlying pages. Coat pages with white Gesso and let dry.

Instruction #1 - Photo 168
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Cut half sun shape from paper to use as a stencil. Spread layer of white modeling paste through stencil and let dry.

Instruction #2 - Photo 2
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Lay down unevenly torn strips of joint tape.

Instruction #3 - Photo 3
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On a palette, mix Primary Magenta, Cadmium Orange Hue, Dairylide Yellow, and Titanium White until you like the color. Paint over both pages and let dry.

Instruction #4 - Photo 495
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Add details to the sun flares with thin lines of Liquid Glass and add dots randomly in the openings in the joint tape, as shown. This dries clear and dimensional and is very easy to use. Let dry.

Instruction #5 - Photo 514
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Cover the sun image with the positive part of the paper stencil made previously. Use a makeup sponge to mix white Tinting Base with Primary Magenta and apply to both pages, leaving some of the background color showing through.

Instruction #6 - Photo 629
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Keep the sun image covered while dabbing the mix of Cerulean Blue with the white Tinting Base, again leaving some of the background colors showing through.

Instruction #7 - Photo 773
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Use sponge to dab Primary Yellow over both pages.

Instruction #8 - Photo 867
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Use sponge to dab mix of Cadmium Orange Hue with the white Tinting Base over the page, as before.

Instruction #9 - Photo 958
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Brush a coat of Patina Green Antiquing Cream over the page background; let dry.

Instruction #10 - Photo 10
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Use a damp paper towel to remove some of the Patina Green Antiquing Cream to reveal the colors underneath.

Instruction #11 - Photo 11
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Brush a coat of Raw Umber Antiquing Cream of the page background, let dry.

Instruction #12 - Photo 12
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Again, use a damp paper towel to remove the Raw Umber Antiquing Cream to reveal the colors underneath and add detail to the textured layers and the sun.

Instruction #13 - Photo 13
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Use a black archival ink and a texture stamp to add interest to the background.   

Instruction #14 - Photo 14
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Adhere die cut phrases (or use your handwriting) to the book pages, as shown.   

Instruction #15 - Photo 15
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Brush a coat of Ultra-Matte Varnish of the pages. This will “fix” the layers beneath.

Instruction #16 - Photo 16
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Apply Gold Rush Metallic Lustre with your finger to the high spots on the joint tape and Liquid Glass dots made previously.

Instruction #17 - Photo 17
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Apply Champagne Ice Metallic Lustre with your finger to the sun’s details.

Instruction #18 - Photo 18
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Use Matte Medium to adhere butterfly collage images to the pages, let dry. I did a little black pen work on each butterfly to bring out some additional details.  

Instruction #19 - Photo 19
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Apply Liquid Glass Clear over each butterfly.

Instruction #20 - Photo 20
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After the Liquid Glass dries, it creates this beautiful glossy, raised effect.

Instruction #21 - Photo 21
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I hope you enjoyed seeing the process of the layers coming to life in my art journal, and how the products can be used to highlight, or even tone down colors, your choice.

Remember, your art journal is for you to have fun, to experiment with new and different products, and to see how well they work together. I am hopeful that I have inspired you to play with your mixed media products in your art journal and learn from the experience. Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Be sure to visit Black Hole Art Studio  for more projects and to learn more about Barbara.

Comments

A beautiful spread, Barbara, and wonderful step-by-step tutorial. Always so great to see how different artists achieve their layers, and the DecoArt paints are fab!

ArtyAuntie

April 19, 2016

Where can I purchase the joint tape (round) that you used. I have not seen this in stores. I live in SOUTHERN CA, Cerritos 90703. Your help will be appreciated!

Keiko Umeda

April 19, 2016

great presentation of the material, great background work

ava gavloskiu

April 19, 2016

Where can I purchase the joint tape (round) that you used. I have not seen this in stores. I live in SOUTHERN CA, Cerritos 90703. Your help will be appreciated!

Keiko Umeda

April 20, 2016

Keiko, you should be able to purchase the joint tape at any hardware or big box hardware store, such as Home Depot or Lowe's. It is usually in the paint section. Hope that helps.

Barbara Rankin

April 20, 2016

Keiko, you should be able to purchase the joint tape at any hardware or big box hardware store, such as Home Depot or Lowe's. It is usually in the paint section. Hope that helps.

Barbara Rankin

April 20, 2016

Keiko, you can get it at any hardware store. I got mine at Lowes or Home Depot. I found it in the paint section. Hope that helps.

Barbara Rankin

April 20, 2016

What a MARVELOUS Art Journal creation Barbara. I loved seeing the way your LOVELY background changed throughout the photos. Your sun is WONDERFUL. Beautiful creativity and super inspiration. Thanks bunches. Xj.

Joi@RR

April 21, 2016

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