On The Wings of a Dove, Art Journaling

On The Wings of a Dove, Art Journaling

Posted by DecoArt on Nov 5th 2015

Hi everyone!  Norma here with you today to share a very special art journal page called On the Wings of a Dove. This page is dedicated to my daddy.

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This art journal page started very different from how it ended.  The reason being that I was using this page as art therapy.  Have you ever noticed how happy creating makes you?  No matter how you may be feeling, if you let go and let the process take over something really magical happens.  Now to be honest with you, I haven't been in the mood to do much of anything.  You see, I lost my father in October and truth be told, I've been a hot mess.  So even though I was not in the mood, I sat down and began to work.  I like to say that I paint with the colors of my soul and my soul was feeling pretty dark so I reached for my black DecoArt Media gesso.  I completely covered both pages wondering how colors might look layered on this dark base.  Next I began to doodle using a white paint pen (totally love these, they're a must have).  I wanted to give the colors a place to rest and show true plus I had an overwhelming urge to doodle.  I find doodling very relaxing.  Have you noticed that too?  Give it a try next time you're feeling a bit stressed.

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At this point I was just blowing off steam with things that have meaning to me.  So I grabbed the Array of Arrows stencil and added them all over using the white DecoArt Media Shimmer Mister.

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By this time, the art journaling was doing it's magic.  My mood was lifting by simply playing in my art journal and I was ready to add color.  I added my usual "happy" colors: Quinacridone Magenta, Cadmium Orange Hue, Hansa Yellow Medium and Cobalt Teal Hue.  Ah yes, these are the true colors of my soul, bright beautiful and vibrant.  Have you ever thought about what your colors are?  They're the ones you reach for most often and make you smile when you look at them.

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Okay so now I was flowing and wanted to add texture.  I grabbed the Doily stencil and applied white gesso using a baby wipe. Since the gesso is pretty thick, it added dimension to my page.  I had a lot paint left on the top of my stencil so I just closed the book to transfer the excess paint to the opposite page.  Well...I didn't like the way it looked so I ended up rubbing the paint off of the left side.

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I layered the same colors from beneath the stencil on top.  I LOVE the way this turned out.  The doily took on the look of a mandala don't you think?  Yup, perfect for this bohemian girl!

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I've been having a vision for a painting of a girl releasing a dove so that's where I headed.  I gave her gorgeous flowing air (you know, the way I wish mine looked).  I used shades of Cobalt Teal, Cobalt Turquoise, Phthalo Turquoise along with Prussian Blue and Titanium White.  For my flesh tone, I mixed Cadmium Orange Hue with Titian Buff.

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For depth, I used Payne's Grey, Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber everywhere I wanted to create shadows.  Using shading around her silhouette pushes the background away and adds instant depth to the composition.  I used a round brush to detail the hair letting the colors naturally blend as I moved my brush through her hair.  I added my ascending dove and stamped another bird on her shoulder just for fun. 

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At this point I paused and really thought about what I wanted to say and share.  I searched Pinterest for quotes and settled on this:  I'm sending a dove to heaven with a parcel on its wings.  Be careful when you open it, it's full of beautiful things.  Inside are a million kisses wrapped up in a million hugs to say how much I miss you and to send you all my love.

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For one last touch, I added a beaming cross to the ascending dove.  I used Titanium White with Magenta Interference for glow then shadowed the edges with Quinacridone Magenta. Oh and I distressed all of the edges with distressing ink.

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I really love the way this page turned out.  The vibrancy of the DecoArt Media fluid acrylics is unreal.  I urge to give them a try if you haven't already! Okay, one last tip before I let you go: once I'm done with an art journal page, I dust it with baby powder.  The baby powder will keep you pages from sticking together when your book is closed.  That way you won't ruin your beautiful work.


Thank you for joining me today and don't forget to check out my teamies projects for more inspiration!