Monday 1 February 2021

FREE SPIRIT! by Linda Pearson

Today's journal page was inspired by a recent workshop Paige presented.  I have mixed it up a bit using Colour artist inks however, I chose to use some elements from the upcoming Bohemian Bliss collection designed by Sue Smyth. This journal page can of course be adapted to include photo images for a scrapbook layout.

This collection will be released in mid-February and you can order your kit now using this link - 

 Bee Arty Kit Club

The Free Spirit journal page is a culmination of alcohol inks, stencils, stamps and dies some of which belong to the upcoming Bohemian Bliss collection designed by Sue Smyth.  The title is also a nod to the 'spirit' relating to the use of Isocol rubbing alcohol (available from Chemist shops).

Bee Arty products used in the project:
Basic kit requirements:
  • Yupo paper 
  • palette knife 
  • archival black ink
  • light green, deep green, white and black acrylic paint 
  • exacto craft knife
  • Isocol rubbing alcohol
  • die cut machine
  • silicone sponges (make up)
  • foil card (rose gold, blue, white)

A selection of Bee Arty products used in this project, refer to the weblinks above.

Pour some Isocol rubbing alcohol into the wells of the small palette (Darice 6 well paint palette)
, add a few drops of each of the Colour artist inks (citrus, marine, grass, slipper) in each of the wells.  
Sprinkle some Isocol over the Yupo paper then using the dropper from each of the colours, drop the Colour artist inks over the Yupo paper.  


      Use the puffer tool to spread the alcohol inks around the page.  Add more ink and Isocol as required.

Leave the Yupo page aside to dry organically (no heat tool).

Apply a good amount of Gesso on to the cardstock, add a couple of drops of Colour artist inks in Grass to the Gesso then randomly spread the gesso and ink over the page.  The finished layer will be very light in colour. dry off completely.


Use the silicone sponge to add some deep green and white paint onto the sponge then apply the paint (don't over mix the paint to get a variegated effect) through the Leafy A5 stencil on to the White Cardstock 350gsm.  Add some of the light green through the stencil to create textured effect.  Dry off.

Apply the stencil over the entire White Cardstock 350gsm using white paint through the Leafy A5 stencil.  Dry off ... see image below.

Apply the Bokeh clear stamp set with archival black ink around the page.

Apply clumps of Colour paste (Singin in the rain), with a palette knife, through the stencil (Bohemian Bliss collection) across the page.  Dry off.
Repeat the process using the Tangerine Dream Colour paste across the page close to the blue flowers.

Once the Yupo paper and inks are completely dry, cut the paper into several strips of different sizes.

Cut small strips of Rose Gold of foil card, paste the foil card to the back of the inked paper.  Glue all the strips to the back paper, Art Glitter Designer Adhesive.  Add the script stamp across the page with archival ink.

Using the flower die cut from the Bohemian Bliss collection to cut out lots of flower shapes in the 3 colours (blue, rose gold, white).  Glue bunches of flowers across the page.

Cut the Free Spirit words from the Bohemian Bliss collection word sheet.  Back the words onto an off cut of inked page and rose gold foil.  
Add spatters across the page in black acrylic paint.
Using the Life of colour pens in black to outline around the inked strips and flowers.  Distress the White Cardstock 350gsm edges with archival black ink with blending tool.

Project created by Linda Pearson

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