Grungy Vintage Art Journal Spread with Preeti D.

Hi friends! Preeti Datta (aka Dutt Preety) here. Goodmorning, I hope you are having a great week so far.

For today’s post, I’ve created a Grungy Vintage Art Journal Spread, that I’ve called She is Brave.

I’ve used Lindy’s gorgeous new Starburst Squirts & Metallic Shakers on this spread along with some of my all time favourite Lindy’s supplies. For me, art journalling is a great way to try out new art supplies & see how they react & mix. So this was lots of fun to do. I really enjoyed using the new squirts and shakers which come in beautiful new colors & they give a great shimmery shine to any project.

Basic Process

Step 1: I work in a 6 by 8 inch sized wire bound sketchbook. To begin, I adhere 2 pages together to make them thicker and then apply heavy white gesso to prepare them for mixed media work. To start building the background, I stick down torn pieces of collage & decoupage papers using a strong glue.

Step 2: To create more interest and add texture to the background, adhere washi tapes & fabric tapes using matte gel, then apply clear gesso on top so that the tapes can be partially colored later on.

Step 3: Stamp the background using a grungy/mechnical design stamp & sticky ink & then sprinkle on Lindy’s beautiful Bavarian Blue Embossing Powder & heat emboss it. This embossing powder gives a rich, dark blue color which I love!

Step 4: To create more interest in the background, randomly stamp a few more times around the composition using a different stamp & sticky ink. This time we will heat emboss the stamped images with 2 more gorgeous Lindy’s Embossing Powders – Guten Tag Teal & Tilt-a-Wheel Teal

Step 5: Now we prepare our own colored pastes by mixing 3 blobs of modeling paste with Lindy’s beautiful Starburst Squirts Hockey Puck Black (that’s the paste on the left), Lindy’s Magical – Whale Watch Blue (in the center) and Lindy’s Magical – Gag Me With A Spoon Gray (on the right).

Step 6: Now apply the three colored pastes through a stencil onto the journal pages using a palette knife, this is one of my favorite ways to create backgrounds as it’s so satisfying to lift up the stencil & see the beautiful pattern created.

Step 7: Next, we will prepare the elements for layering. Heat emboss die cuts with Lindy’s beautiful embossing powders Bavarian Blue, Guten Tag Teal, Tilt-a-Wheel Teal & Midnight Pewter. To create an ombre colored effect I sprinkle on different shades of blue embossing powders on the bee and the dragonfly die-cut & then emboss them.

I love the shine embossing creates on these die cuts! It really makes them stand out against a busy background.

Step 8: Now we add color to the pages using Lindy’s gorgeous Starburst Squirts – Poutine Gold & Maple Syrup Bronze. I use a palette knife to apply color to get a grungy look and then to create an organic flow, I spray water in some parts & dry the pages with a heat tool.

Step 9: Using a palette knife add the blue Starburst Squirts – Loonie Toonie Teal & Banff Blue which are oh so stunning!

Step 10: Color a few pieces of gauze or cheesecloth using Lindy’s beautiful Starburst Squirt – Poutine Gold.

Step 11: Next, distress the edges of the pages with distress inks & a blending tool.

Step 12: Now, to add shine to the stenciled patterns, lightly rub the raised surface with Versamark watermark ink and then sprinkle on Lindy’s beautiful Magical Shakers – Glittering Gold & Grab a Guy Gold & brush off the excess with a soft dry brush. I also rub little metallic wax on some of the stenciled areas.

Step 13: Next, create a colored paste by mixing Magical Shakers – Glittering Gold & Grab a Guy Gold with modeling paste & apply it through a text design stencil onto the pages, and then while the paste is still wet, sprinkle on Lindy’s Bavarian Blue Embossing Powder & heat emboss it.

Step 14: Now add background stamping using a text stamp & distress oxide ink.

Step 15: The last step is to gather all the elements for layering including the heat embossed die cuts, colored gauze, threads, drywall tape, Tim Holtz paper dolls & stickers. Layer them to create a visually pleasing composition and then adhere them using soft matte gel. To finish the pages, create white splatter using watered down white gesso.

Here are some photos of the finished Art Journal Spread…

Lindy’s Products

Other Products

  • Aall & Create Stamps #116 & #120, 13 Arts Stencils- Aria Song & Mechanical, Distress Inkpads- Black Soot & Antique Linen, Distress Oxide Inkpad- Fossilized Amber, Prima Finnabair’s Heavy White Gesso, Clear Gesso, Soft Matte Gel, Modelling Paste, Waxes- Vintage Silk & Vintage Gold, Scrapman Dies, Hero Arts Rubber Stamp and Versamark Watermark Inkpad.

Thanks a lot for your precious time.
Stay Blessed!

Preeti Dutt

I'm Preeti from India. I love paper crafting and mixed media. I enjoy making clean & simple as well as grungy vintage projects. Playing with colours is my happy place.

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