Whoever invented black gesso was a genius! It’s fantastic stuff. It goes on so smoothly and covers so well, instantly turning any coloured card or paper into black card or paper. I love to use it in my journal because it means I get to write with a white pen, and the contrast between the ink and the paper is so striking. Metallics show up really well too.
If you’d like to create a spread like this in your journal, this is what you’ll need:
- your journal
- black gesso
- large acrylic or multi-purpose brush
- metallic paints such as Prima Metallic Accents
- small watercolour brush
- water for cleaning your brushes
- heat tool or hairdryer
- white gel pen
- white stamping ink pad
- embossing ink pad
- silver embossing powder
- black ink pad
- white scrap of paper
- black pen
- stick glue
- office date stamp
- acrylic stamping block
- Mama Makes Woodland Friends stamp set (for the sleepy fox and chick)
- Mama Makes Sending Hugs stamp set (for the sentiment)
- Mama Makes Weekly Wonderfulness stamp set (for the ‘Sunday’)
To start with, I coated two journal pages with black gesso. It only needed one coat. I deliberately left a scruffy white border around the outside. This particular gesso dries very quickly, but to make sure it was totally dry I gave it a blast with my heat tool. I didn’t want to gum up my gel pen with wet gesso! (Click on the images for a closer look.)
Next, I used my white gel pen to draw a dashed line all around the edge of the black area. I love the way this looks – such a contrast! Once the gel pen was dry, I used clear embossing ink to stamp my sentiment in the top right hand corner. I then heat embossed it with superfine silver embossing powder. After that, I used white ink to stamp the sleepy fox in the bottom left hand corner.
For the stars, I used my white gel pen again. First, I free-handed the larger stars, which gave them a child-like quality, then I added white dots to give the impression of distant galaxies. I really like the way the fox seems to be snuggled by the night’s sky. For balance, I also added stars and dots around the sentiment. To colour the fox and chick, I used Prima Metallic Accents which gave the image a little shade and shimmer. Finally, I stamped the date, in black ink, on a piece of scrap white paper and drew a messy frame around it. I stuck the paper down with simple stick glue.
And there you have it! I’m so looking forward to writing on this page on Sunday. What pen should I use? I could use the white gel pen again, but I’ve got lots of lovely metallic gel pens too. Decisions, decisions!
Thanks for reading! Catch you soon. xxx
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