By now you know I love to incorporate a lot of fabric and stitching into my artwork. Cheesecloth is an easy way to get a fabric like texture on your pages without adding a lot of extra bulk to your journal.
Touchy Feely (Texture)
Art Challenge: Cheesecloth
Journal Prompt: Say Cheese
There are so many different ways you can alter cheesecloth and add it to your projects. I love to ink and dye it and turn it into ribbon, roll and stitch it into shapes and flowers, and, like today, adhere it to my art journal page, creating a flat, texturized substrate. Today's layout was a simple way to get a lot of color and busyness going on in just a few minutes.
1. I printed out my Scribbles Collage Paper onto a full size label sheet and trimmed to fit my art journal page. This is a fast way to get a background down.
2. Next I inked up my cheesecloth using spray inks. I used a heat tool to speed up the drying process.
3. I trimmed my cheesecloth and arranged it on my page before adhering it with a glossy gel medium. I flattened and smoothed it with a scraper before setting it aside to dry.
7. I used a wax crayon to write the word cheese and added watercolor over the top. The crayon created a beautiful resist.
8. I found this cute little stamp sticker in my stash and doodled around her with my white gel pen.
9. Lastly, I added detail marks all over my page, using my favorite tools, including a pencil, gel pen, china markers and a stabilo.
I loved how quickly I could build a busy page this week. There were so many things I wanted to do with this challenge, but I am on a mission to use up things in my stash this year and I am really dedicated to that mission. Could I love my page more if I was adding new and interesting tid bits every week. Absolutely. But I am also very keen on the idea of making room and purging and being resourceful and creative with what I have on hand. How about you? Do you have a stash you are trying to deplete?