Monday, January 26, 2015

Kickstart Your Art: Day 1

Today is the first day of a Smeared and Smudged Forum challenge, Kickstart Your Art!  This is an art journal challenge where we are given a prompt every morning and then have 24 hours to produce a journal page.

Today's challenge was to "Create Layers."

Here is my entry:

This is something I've been thinking about a lot lately:  Do I want to be healed?  What am I without all my neuroses, fear, and anger?  What does a life without those things look like?  Do I have the courage to embrace that life?

The details:
  1.  I started with a ground layer of Gelatos scribbled on the page and then lightly blended with a brush dipped in water.
  2. Then I collaged pieces of tissue paper and other papers around the outside of the page, leaving the center clear to show the Gelato coloring.
  3. The image was stamped from the Smeared Ink rubber set "Lost Dreams" with permanent ink and colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
  4. I hand-lettered the words in the center and around the outside with permanent Sharpie markers, adding highlights with a white gel pen.  (If you look closely in the close-up, you can see the pencil marks I made laying out the center lettering.  I left them there because I like to see the process and the "hand" of the artist.)
  5. Last, I added the fussy-cut figure and gave the whole page a brush with a thin layer of home-made Mod Podge. (Elmer's glue mixed with a little water.)

Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear any comments you have!


  1. Love to see the bigger pictures here :)
    I love your hand lettering, you are very brave! It looks wonderful and I like to ghost of the letters underneath. Your writing is very thoughtful, you made a very intriguing page of art! Can't wait to see more:)

  2. Love this piece Sarah, and it's VERY thought-provoking. Personally, I don't think you need to be "healed" at all as that implies that there's something wrong with you. Fear and anger have their place in most lives, and dealing with them teaches us to be better people. Get me, I sound like I actually know what I'm talking about :P

  3. Hi Sarah, A great page and indeed a thoughtful piece. Love your lettering to.

    Hugs Erin xx

  4. Love your hand lettering! Awesome page! Thanks for playing along with our Kickstart Your Art Challenge!:)

  5. Wow, awesome page! love the colors and layers and the wonderful image! Thanks for sharing!
    I'm your newest follower!

  6. Love all the colours and layers...fab image!