When I saw the word ‘Passion’ for this week’s prompt, the phrase ‘My Passion is Pale’ popped into my head. No telling why. The workings of my brain are unfathomable, lol.
My wrist was aching, it was late, and I knew if I didn’t do the page NOW, I wouldn’t get it done for a while–so I went simple. Again. I think I should have called this my Simple journal. It’s been fun and refreshing and I’ve learned a lot from it.
So, I had an idea for my words, and wanted a simple style. All I needed to get started. For those interested, I’ve written up my process and a little about the products I used.
Step 1: I made a monoprint on a piece of clear vellum paper.
Clear vellum paper reminds you a little of wax paper. It has a grayish, translucent surface that is slick. Most media will stick to it, but drying times are often slower.
I had a piece that I’d used to pull a print from a gelli plate. A gelli plate looks and feels a bit like a square of jello, but that wobbly surface is great for smearing paint onto, making marks and patterns into the paint, and then pressing paper into it and pulling it away. You get cool designs and colors on your paper. I have a stash of these prints that I use as whimsy dictates.
My print had been made a while back so I don’t remember exactly how I did it, but I know I’d put a couple strips of self-adhesive paper drywall tape onto the gelli plate (the hole pattern), and brayered some yellow acrylic paint with a brayer that had a touch of some brownish-red paint on it.
Step 6: I then used a water brush to blend my colors. Even the Inka Gold will move and blend a little with water, though I wouldn’t call it truly water-soluble. The Neocolor II pastels are though, and I did quite a bit of blending at this point.
Step 7: I used a black Sharpie (of the original kind) to write my words, border pattern and, because the colors made me think of a cave wall, I added rock like shapes. Both the Neocolor II and Inka Gold are waxy and will clog most pens and markers. I chose the Sharpie because it will write over both, and because it is cheap. It doesn’t clog as easily, but can eventually. I usually have one that I mark and use specifically for this kind of work.