My first step was to do what I always do with my journal which is to thoroughly coat my page with gesso to add strength so that it will hold up to all the different mediums.
The next thing I did was take a bottle of regular cheap white school glue and add a design to my page. You can add words or anything you choose.
Now comes the patience part - you have to let the glue dry thoroughly. I would suggest at least overnite to a full 24 hours. As I said earlier mine sat for weeks.
Next the fun part comes -
I chose to use spray inks but you can use acrylic paints, watercolors, Distress inks, pretty much anything. I don't usually use spray inks so this was a big deal for me.
I actually am pretty happy with it so far but I think it could use a bit of bright pink so I think I will add some acrylic paint.
All I did was take a bottle of Bright Magenta acrylic paint and shake it over the page to make blots and then I stood the book up so that it would drip. Now of course it was time for more patience so that this too would dry. I decided that it would be a good time to take a short nap.
I think some metallic gold would be a good addition...let me go see what I can use to do that. OK, I have a bottle of Metallic Gold acrylic paint too. I don't want to splat this on though. I think I will put a bit on a palette and take my fingers and spread some on the page. I am generally into getting very messy when I work and my hands were still way too clean for being so close to the finish line.
In the photo it looks a bit more like bronze but I did use gold. It seemed to soak into the other mediums and I had to keep adding more a few times to get it to show up.
I'd say the background is finally finished and now you can add whatever you want to on top. I know that my Pitt pens will write on anything and I normally would add a quote or a scripture in my handwriting but I am thinking that with all the texture I achieved collaging something on would be my best finishing touch.
I decided to add this months scripture verse. Psalm 126:2
Now here is my finished page!
Now go get out your supplies and play!