When I started thinking about what to make for the "Making Magic" challenge from Anything But Cute, I immediately thought of a Book of Spells, and what I show here is an imagined page from an ancient sorceress' book. It really looks a lot better right side up (which would be rotated once counterclockwise) but alas, Blogger refuses to cooperate, despite multiple efforts. So maybe you can just turn your screen, lol!
This is photo heavy for my own records...feel free to breeze through!
In addition to the luscious mood board above, I am constantly inspired by Butterfly's incredible talent with blues and browns. So I pulled out some Silk acrylic glazes..... as I am also perpetually inspired by France Papillion, and her fabulous use of these products.
I ended up using only three... but always nice to know what one has! The three I used were Black Emerald (on the far left of the "lineup" picture, Autumn Leaf (the first brown on the left in the picture), and African Jade (the first blue on the right).
I started on gessoed pages in my brand new Dylusions journal, using the lighter blue, then the darker - each with lots of water, dripping, heat-drying, dabbing, and repeat. This is a double spread. I really love how the pigment tracks and dries.....
Then I applied Golden's Gold Mica paste through a Finnabair stencil.... I imagined this as the incantation coming to life once the spell is cast - just like Gandolf at the cave entrance with the runes.
Here you can see the beautiful pattern of gold flakes once the medium has dried.
Next I stenciled some script using Prima's (Art Basics line) Light Paste. This dries white, but I knew I was going to color it with the beautiful Autumn Leaf Silk paint.