In this final video of My Soul Book video series, I am reflecting on true friendship, trying out a masking technique and layering like mad.
Life, with its ups and downs, teaches you who is on your side, really. When everything is well, you often find yourself with numerous friends, but when the going gets tough, most of them will disappear, if it suits them. The ones who stay behind, helping you, supporting you, advising you all the way, the one who will not judge you but who will be honest enough to tell you if you’re out of line, these are true friends, and usually, they stand by you not for a month or a year, but for the vast majority of your life.
I am truly blessed with such people in my life and, even though we don’t see each other very often, it does not matter as when we do meet, it is as if we had never parted. They have been there for me time and time again, and I do hope that over the years – and all the upcoming ones – I have been as true a friend to them as they have been to me.
With this page, I wanted to celebrate them.
- Golden Heavy Body acrylic paints in Light Magenta, Light Green (Blue Shade), Teal and Light Ultramarine Blue
- a piece of scrap paper
- masking tape
- Archival Ink pads in Magenta Hue and Watering Can
- Black Sharpie pen
- hairdryer to dry the paint off camera
- Dina Wakley paint brush
- Ranger round blender
I started cutting out a heart shape out of my son’s spelling practice from last week (see, anything can be used to make art!) and stuck it on my page to secure it for the next step. I used DIY masking tape rolled onto itself to create a double-sided tape; the masking tape is not too strong so it won’t tear my page when I remove my mask.
I placed blobs of paint in various colours on my heart mask, and used a rough brush spreading the colours onto my page, making sure that they blend as little as possible. I used outwards strokes from the mask to the page to ensure that no paint would be sipping underneath the mask. I added extra blobs to add more colour where I wanted.
When I was happy with my page, I removed the heart mask and dried my page thoroughly off camera.
I added layers of patterns using stencils and my ink pads over my page, making sure not to put any ink in the masked area.
Once I was happy with the result, With my black Sharpie, I outlined my heart to make it stand out, wrote my quote filling in the whole heart, and made marks on my background to create some contrast and make the background balance with my focal point.