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 Hi everyone! Melissa here with an art journal page for you.  I love the detail and intense colors of Paper House products, so I made a stunning pink dahlia image the center of the project from one of their patterned papers.

Supplies Used:

I used a page of a  9 x 12 watercolor book to support all the media I wanted to use. I prepped the page with white gesso, followed by texture paste applied through some paper die cuts.  I used pink shimmery watercolor, and water soluble oil pastels. I didn't have  sprays in the colors I wanted to use, so I mixed what I had with water, and brushed a lot on the diamond texture. I tipped the page in different directions, let the color run all over, misted it with water to soften and blend it, and used a heat gun to dry it. I used the same process for the green. I glued the beautiful flower image onto a piece of paper and put it on the page. To add more texture I added glass glitter, micro beads, seed beads, and threads that I pulled from a piece of gauze. I lightly brushed the pink pastel crayon over the diamond texture along the outer edges of the page, and misted it. I added green watercolor randomly in between the diamonds.  If any of the  colors ran together I blotted them off with a paper towel. I flicked on green and pink paint in random places.

To add more visual interest I put on butterfly and rose stickers, rub-ons, flowers, bling, stamps, a cut up black and white vintage photo, and die cuts.

The page looked too busy, so I brushed white gesso over some areas.I lightly brushed white gesso over the surface of the diamonds to accent the texture.

I don't really like a mat white look, so I brushed pearl mica powder over all the areas I'd used gesso.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

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