Tiny Tree Ring Stamp as Background

Chill out Art Journal page

Hey y'all!  It's beginning to get hot in Texas.  Temperature are supposed to reach 100 degrees this week so I was looking for a way to cool off and popsicles came to mind. I remember the happy music the ice-cream truck made as it went down my street.  My brothers and I would race outside with our allowance in hand and wave down the truck. My mom used to make homemade popsicles with juice for us, too.  Popsicles are an awesome way to keep it cool.  Yesterday I was chilling out with this art journal page.

I like to have art journal pages prepped with gesso ahead of time so when an idea pops into mind, I can start right away.  Dotting on three different paints and blending them back and forth with my brush gave me that melted look I was going for.  

After my background dried, I inked up my Tiny Tree Ring Stamp and pressed in randomly in the background.  Just the subtle touch I wanted.  

I edged my pages with Dylusion Paint using the Dylusion journaling tool.  Then striped it with my paint pen.  Of course then I has to add black and white splatters to the background to pull it all together.  The black splatter of paint in my eye was just an added bonus!

While all of that dried, I got out my Strathmore watercolor paper pad and my Zig Clean Color Markers and created  popsicles.  I had to have an orange one for my childhood self.  After I made the yellow one, I wondered to my self, "Are there yellow popsicles?"  I decided there should be so I invented one!  

I cut out the popsicles and stuck them on the page with gel matte medium. I didn't brush any medium on the front like usual because I didn't want the colors to smear.  Then I used a pink Zig marker to add melty shadows.

After writing chill out, I outlined the popsicles with a black pen and added little details with a white pen and my art journal page was done. 

I really enjoyed working with my Tiny Tree Ring stamp as an element in the background to add some subtle texture.  I think next, I'll move it to the foreground and let it shine.

I'm adding the materials that I used for you except for my art journal.  That was just some random empty hardbound book Joe found in our print shop.  He knew I'd use it! 

Materials: All projects feature my products from Pink Bunkadoo or are affiliate links.

               Liquitex Gesso

Martha Stewart Pearl Acrylic Paint

I used Mother of Pearl and Pink Taffeta

pale pink liquitex paint

Retired Stamping Up ink Pretty in Pink

Zig Clean Color Brush Pens

Dylusions Journaling Block

Dylusions Black Marble Paint

Black Pitt Big Brush Pen