hello sweethearts! REV IT UP time! This week it is all about FORGIVE / FORGIVING. and that is seriously a tough topic for me. I can forgive others easily, but this time I wanted to jot down my thoughts about forgiving myself. the journaling is in Dutch, but here is the translation:
“forgiving yourself is not as easy as I would think! especially not when I lay in bed, trying to fall asleep, and my brain starts thinking “let’s think about all the stupid things we have did in our live”, or even worse “the dumbest things I have ever said, or people we have really hurt”. I really really do try to keep a mirror in front of me, reflect on me. but I am only human. but really forgiving myself?!
for now, here’s to another week, another creative play for you!
Prompt: FORGIVE / FORGIVING
Exercise: use gelato’s! (you know those things you bought because they look too freaking cute, but never really used them because HOW ON EARTH do one uses these right?!) Lemme help you out 😀
I came up with this page
How did I make this page?
I got my favorite art journal out, I have used a beautiful stamp from Art by Marlene (STAMPBM45), (and later I added another one: STAMPBM40), many lovely gelato colors! (white, lemon, mango, tangerine, red cherry, bubble gum, lavender, metallic mint, spearmint, boysenbverry), my favorite black journaling pen Staedler 3.0, a small piece of cardstock to add some embellishments.
I know gelato’s can be very intimidating. I know, but I also love to try. test. and see what happens. I really advice you to see this as a test. it does NOT have to be perfect. you are so allowed to play with your art supplies forever and always! So get out a beautiful stamp. If you stamp with ink, you are used to (mostly) strong lines and a clean stamp. But please let go of your perfectionism and need to have a ‘beautiful’ stamp. Because we are going to stamp with our GELATO’S! haha! YES WE ARE. I’m gonna show you different ways to use your gelato’s in your art journal!
first we are going to put our gelato’s on our stamp. I have chosen this beautiful stamp from Art by Marlene, because of the gorgeous lines. I already know it will not be perfect. The lines will smear / smudge and bleed through the colors. I AM FINE WITH THAT. he he he, in case you don’t know me that well yet: I am happy being a non-perfectionist!
I simply rub on my gelato directly on the stamp. I try to make colorful circles. Starting out with the lightest color, getting a bit darker every time, circling around the previous color.
than it looks something like this. The colors I have used, are mentioned on the top of this blog post. Than spray a bit of water on it. a LITTLE. not too much. If you make it too wet, than you will have a big blob smudge on your paper. you do want to stamp to be a little bit recognizable right? so spray lightly and if there is too much water, than simply try to damp it a bit with a paper towel.
and remember: TRIAL AND ERRO. this is playing. you can also firstly play on a blanc sheet of paper, before you work directly in your art journal. I do prefer working directly in my art journal. because I can always gesso over it and start over!
I have carefully stamped it 3 times. And as you can see, the one stamp is better than the other. and that is FINE. try to embrace the imperfection of working like this. You will feel so much more free than if you need to be perfect 🙂
let it dry for a bit. I decided to write my title with a pencil and will fill it up with a gelato. Ofcourse I can not rub my gelato in these letters because they are too small for that.
but I have another fun way to use your gelato! Get out a paint tray (or a plastic thingie 🙂
Rub your gelato on there, you see I have collected some with bits and pieces of gelato on there.
than add a bit of water, mix it with your brush, and ta da: watercolor! hehe. genius huh?!
Now you can use a fine brush to pick up the ‘watercolor gelato’ and paint your title!
The paint is really thin, so I go over it another time, leaving bigger pieces of drops of gelato-watercolor on my word.
I also decided it was a bit too clean and needed another stamp. I picked the heart stamp from this sheet from Art by Marlene.
You can use your gelato’s in 2 ways for a stamp. Or you smudge your gelato directly on your stamp + spray water on it + stamp with it. OR you wet your gelato a little bit and than smudge it on the stamp.
for me the effect really was different. The first two stamps were: gelato directly on the stamp + add water + stamp. The second 3 were: put a little water on the gelato directly and than stamp. I love the last 3 better.
Cut them out, and add a little gelato on the edge of the cardstock to define them a little bit more so they will pop off your page!
when your title is completely dry you can outline it with your pencil (or black pen) whatever you like better. I have used my pencil this time.
I still thought it missed something. So here’s the 3rd way you can use your gelato on your art journal! you can also dip your brush into water and pick up the color from the gelato with your brush!
And I simply outlined only the outher ‘leafs’ of the stamp.
I have written my journaling with pencil first to make sure it would fit on my page.
Go over your journaling with pen (it is in Dutch, translation is on the top of this blog post). You can simply erase your pencil lines when your black pen is dry. AND you can erase smudges of your gelato’s with your eraser too! Easy peasy!
a few detailed pictures:
so this was already my sixth REV IT UP DARE. I hope you liked it and I mostly hope you are going to play along! If you want me to see your beautiful creations (and I cannot wait to see them!), you can tag me on Instagram with @revlie but you can also use the hashtags #revitup #revitupdare #revitup2020 #revitupdare2020 #revlie #thecreativeplayground. I will & come looking for you to give some love!
Thanks again so so much for PLAYing along. I hope you had a great time and I’ll see you next week!