Wednesday, June 20, 2018

AAJS6: Sharon's Pages in Janie's "Exotic" Journal

Hi Everyone
Today I am sharing my pages and process to complete the pages in Janie's "Exotic" journal!

I started with my normal process of adding Gesso to each page as the base to work from with sticking bits and pieces on and getting messy spraying ink LOL!
I used gel medium to add strips of gesso painted Asian newspaper and Asian washi paper randomly over each page.
 I wanted a bit more texture so I added some scrunched up white Asian napkins on each page as well and I also added a little bit more gesso to dull down the newspaper and patterned paper.

Once the gel medium and gesso was dry I used texture paste and a stencil to add the lacey pattern to one corner of each of the pages.
And once the texture paste was dry I used black and red ink sprays and a water spritzer to add colour to both pages.

The "Geisha" style gals are from a collage sheet by Gecko Galz and were a recent purchase I made and were perfect for the look I wanted on these pages - I liked the red and black colour theme. I added a thin layer of gesso to a page of the Asian newspaper and then put the page through my inkjet printer - I like the newspaper look still showing through the printed images. I tore the excess paper from around the images - they are too detailed to have fussy cut so I decided tearing them out would look the best.

Then I added the images to the pages with some muslin cloth and red cotton. I also used some tiny flower and leaf rubber stamps from Blank Page Muse in red and grey ink to add a little bit more interest to the background as well. I also tore out "Exotic" from a thesaurus and added it to the bottom of one of the pages - it's very small but gives a bit of a description of "exotic".

And the pages are finished! Hope Janie likes them!



  1. Such beautiful dynamic pages Sharon. I love your printing on the newspaper and all the layers im the background.

  2. BEAUTIFUL thanks, Sharon. I love all things oriental ⛩

  3. Wow Sharon,a stunning layout. I love the printing on the newspaper too.

  4. That is a wonderful spread. I am in awe of your talent and also your knowledge of how to get the best out of products and their use. A feast for the eye.

  5. A fantastic result as usual. The Asian influence is wonderfully done and totally relevant for this journal. Janie will be delighted

  6. Beautiful imagery Sharon, I really look forward to seeing this one IRL! ❤

  7. So beautiful :D Such stunning illustrations!


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