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Jen Matott here to share with you some pages from a journal that I just completed. It's a moleskin from The Sketchbook Project.  If you aren't familiar with The Sketchbook Project, it's a traveling art exhibit that has close to 30,000 artist's sketchbooks (all the same size) with varying themes. Artists can choose their own from a list or have the ArtHouse randomly choose one for them. 

Today, I'm going to share with you a couple of pages of my sketchbook that I used the Design Memory Create products on.  First up is the cover of my book. I used Gelatos exclusively here and want to show you the technique that I used.


It's actually really simple, but kind of messy!  Get some paper towels, a rag or an easy to clean surface ready!  I'm a BIG fan of drips and splatters. I can't seem to start a page without mucking it up first.  That plain white (or Kraft) in this case just intimidates me and to tackle my fear of perfection, I make a mess first.  Once it's "messed up", I feel like I can do anything on it!  Okay, now grab a black, metallic blue, and white Gelato stick. 


I start by applying a light layer of white randomly.  Don't worry about covering it all, actually it's best to leave a lot showing. Only apply to the upper 1/2 of the page.  Like this:

Now, apply some random metallic marks.  Add more at the top of the page. If you want the look to be more metallic blue drips, then add more blue than white or black, but keep it towards the top.


Next, add a line of black at the top of the page and use a brush to help blend some of the original marks lightly. A bit like whitewashing. I'm not careful and I leave the top of the paper alone!  Just smearing and watering it down a bit.  You can let that dry.

Take a spray bottle (I use one I got from the travel section of Target) and lightly mist the top part of the page.  Hold the page vertical while misting and allow the drips to flow!  Keep misting until you get the drips you want.  You can also tap it on the table to encourage more dripping.  Just keep a towel or rag under it or work on a non-staining surface.  When you are satisfied, allow to dry or use a heat gun to speed up the drying. 


Here is another example where I used this technique:

Embrace_Matott ***  I recommend you use a thick paper substrate like watercolor paper or thick cardstock that can withstand being wet. 

You can use any combination of colors and add a metallic to the mix to create shimmery effects.  Design Memory Craft Gelatos are my new favorite material! 

Thanks for playing along! I'll be back another day to share another technique with you soon!




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