4-5 November 2013 journal spread

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Final version of my journal spread
Acrylic paint, India ink, & gold leafing on hot-press WC paper
4-5 November 2013

I enjoyed doing this two-day spread enough that I wanted to document how I went about it, because there was more involved than usual for me.

First I began using a palette knife to spread first Daniel Smith’s Quinacridone Gold (tube) and then Golden Anthraquinone Blue (tube). I used the tip of the palette knife to scratch back into the paint and also periodically used bubble wrap to remove a little of the paint. I also used a small amount of Daniel Smith Lapis Lazuli (tube).

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I then squeezed some dollops of Golden Permanent Violet Dark (fluid) and moved that around with a comb. (I intended to do this with Ultramarine Blue as well except that it had mysteriously dried up in my bottle.)

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After that I used a sea sponge to lay a wash of Golden Naples Yellow Hue (fluid) over the entire spread. A wash of Transparent Red Iron Oxide followed, and then some Phthalo Blue (Red Shade) was added along the borders.

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Finally I used a flat bristle brush to add some Interference Blue (Fine) and some Interference Gold (Fine).

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The wording and circles were done with India ink and a large bamboo dip pen.

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The next day I had a brilliant idea (while in the shower, of course–where else?). First I took 91% isopropyl alcohol and, with a wad of paper towel, scrubbed away at various areas on the pages to reveal the glowing colors underneath the darker layers.

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When I was satisfied with that–it is almost a stained glass effect in person but the luminosity doesn’t come through so well in photographs–I used an adhesive pen to trace over the word and then applied bits of leafing.

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Once all the excess was burnished off and returned to my container, I sealed it with Mona Lisa sealant.

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It still wasn’t quite enough, however, so I used a ruler to add a border with a gold leafing pen.

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Finally I added gold along the edges of the spread as well.  I must be feeling the holiday season approaching :-).

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About Elizabeth Ann's Studio

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