Stay Curious

Is that the last Monday of August? 
First, second, the last, whatever, we are always here for you 

Since the summer holiday is almost over and for part of you or your kids 
there is a new School Year just around the corner, this week we have a 


As always you could be a random winner of $50 voucher 
and spend it at the awesome Simon Says Stamp Store! 

My adventure with different schools is over (well, you never know...) 
but my son is still in the secondary school and I always tell him 
that it's so important to try to learn something new everyday, to search, 
to discover, to stay curious. I think it's essential for our self-development. 
And that is precisely my art journal pages for today. 
To cherish curiosity, to think, to analyse, to discover new things. 

Here are the steps I made to create this pages' background:

I covered my blank pages with a thin layer of white gesso 
cause I really love the way the inks blend on the gessoed surface. 
This time I didn't add any texture which was difficult to resist, lol! 
As I worked directly on the original pages, it was difficult to operate with them and moisture with inks, so I took a piece of acetate and melted the Distress Oxides on it and then just touched my pages with the acetate. 
I did it several times with different colors making several layers of them. 
I wanted the background to be colorful so I used a lot of different colors. 

When I was satisfied with the background, I took two heavycardstock pieces and die-cut random letters from the Alphanumeric Marquee thinlits die. 
Since my background was colorful I made the second layer in black.
I used Black Soot Oxide which is amazing with a kind of chalkboard look.  
And this is exactly what I wanted to get, a chalkboard with letters/numbers.
That was so easy to make! I only rounded the corners in the end. 

I started to compose the pages using Paper Dolls and Botanicals.
I loved the wooden Ruler pieces that I added to the pages. 
There are arrow line stamped with You + Me SSS stamp set and some 
Wildflowers and Garden Greens and some Moonshine sequins. 

Just take a look at some close-ups (there are many!) 

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