Enlighten Journal Page or, Some Days You’re Best if You Quit While You’re Ahead
Join me for a tale of woe, a tale of art journaling gone bad, and a powerful lesson learned!
Let me tell you of the disaster of this page. It started out well. Got the background done in lots of pretty colours. I used my Golden acrylics in quinacridone magenta, unltramarine violet, cadmium yellow, and light green. I also added some Pebeo vivid pink and Liquitex professional light blue and cadmium orange.
Thought about adding some doodles and extra stuff but wanted to keep it simple. I was tired and I didn’t want to take too much longer with the page. I decided to add a Donna Downey stencil and call it a night. I chose the enlighten stencil and used Golden’s molding paste through it.
(I can hear you screaming already. Glitter, no!) broke out the Golden regular gloss gel and laid down the glitter. All was going well, glitter was contained to the page and the catch paper underneath. I got a quick picture, because of course it’s pretty, and started cleaning up. I got all the glitter back in the jar and was reaching for the lid when, catastrophe struck. My hand smacked the jar and, well, yellow glitter stars everywhere.
Thankfully, only about a third of the jar spilled out and it was mostly in a large pile in front of me. Unfortunately, we all know glitter gets everywhere and I spent the next 30 minutes cleaning it up. (I know it’s not all gone. I know there still glitter out there. I’ll be finding glitter stars for the next 5 years after this. This is the price you pay for playing with glitter.)
So after I got it all cleaned up and got my journal back in front of me, I knew I needed to finish, finish fast, and walk away. I grabbed my Faber-Castell Pitt pen, edged the stencil in black to make it stand out, and grabbed the Golden acrylic glazing liquid. Those stars aren’t going anywhere.
Lesson learned, no more glitter!
Oh, who am I kidding. I’ll glitter again. It’ll happen. One day, when the woes of tonight are but a faded memory, I’ll think, it wasn’t that bad. It won’t happen again. I’ll be better this time. We all glitter again.