Friday, June 19, 2015

Something Hidden for Paper Artsy

I have had a slew of ideas for this fortnight's theme, based on all the yummy projects from the Paper Artsy blog, but no time to fiddle with any of them, alas.  So this is just a simple journal page, where the journaling is veiled by textured mulberry paper that has been sprayed with colors....

I started with a piece of white cardstock which I painted with a blend of light tan acrylics, after first applying a layer of white gesso with an old credit card.

On my ever-growing list of "Things I Want to Learn" is writing script that looks decent.  And as I've not yet done this, I rely on digital fonts from various sources online.  This time I used a fun font called "Salt and Spices" from You Work For Them.

The journaling is a love note to my lately departed cat, Winifred, who I still miss hugely.
After composing my note on the computer, I printed it off on tissue paper, and adhered it to my base page with clear gesso. I didn't use matt medium as I was afraid the ink would run.... why I thought gesso would be better I have no clue, but it did work!

Next, I cut a piece of the beautiful mulberry paper, which is textured with thicker fibers arranged in lovely circles.....

I like to do this sort of messy spraying on a lipped baking sheet, on which I have a teflon liner for easy cleanup.  I used three Distress Sprays:  Mustard Seed, Faded Jeans and Festive Berries....knowing that the water would cause them to blend into greens, oranges and purples as well.

Once dry, these colors lighten up quite a bit, as you can see.  I applied this colored layer to the journaling with matt medium.

Here are some closeups....

Thank you so much for stopping by, and if you've time, please leave a comment!  Always fun to read!

I will be posting this at Paper Artsy and Brenda's Visual Journey.

xx Lynn


  1. Hello Lynn,
    This is too beautiful to be hidden in a journal, it should be on a Canvas, I love your process of the hidden font, and adding texture with your mulberry paper;it looks fantastic. Great palette as well.

  2. Fabulous effects of the sprays on the mulberry paper Lynn, and I love how the hidden journalling just peeps through! It really looks beautiful th way the colours have blended together!

  3. Lynn this is gorgeous, love the colours and the 'less than obvious text'. Didn't know you could get clear gesso! X

  4. How beautiful, Lynn - so lovely how you've hidden the love poem to your cat within all that beautiful texture and colour - it's just superb.
    Alison xx