My Soul Book Part 4

In Part 4 of this video series, I am creating my third page for the Soul Book free class.

The word strips I am using for this page are “i am loved”, i can make a difference to others” and, from Melody’s class curriculum, “i want to remember to remember people i love and cherish and make sure that they know that i do love and cherish them”.

mysoulbook p4

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This page is about my son and the influence he has had on my life. He has changed me into the person I am today, made me stronger and more focused, and made me feel that I matter and I can make a difference to someone’s life.

Supplies Used

  • leftover of decorative tissue paper
  • an A5 white sheet of paper (it was one of my son’s school newsletter from last year)
  • white gesso
  • Mod Podge
  • Decopatch glitter glue
  • my quote strips
  • a photo of my son and myself printed on white copier paper with inkjet colour printer
  • leftover denim from the square I used to cut out the denim heart for my cover
  • a punched heart from my son’s old painting (see Part 3)
  • Reeves fluorescent pink acrylic paint
  • star stamp from Paperchase
  • Archival Ink pad in Watering Can
  • Distress Ink pad in Pickled Raspberries
  • HB pencil
  • black crayon
  • A Wink of Stella glitter brush pen in Clear

My Process

I started by collaging a piece of tissue paper on my page, and used a piece of white paper copier cut to size to cover the other part of the page.

I then used white gesso to cover the white piece of paper and went over the edges to cover a bit of the tissue paper. It helps blend the two together.

I started prepping page 4 with white gesso (2 layers) so that the second coat is drying while I am creating this page.

I started auditioning my elements on my page and cutting my word strips. Once I was happy with placement, I glued them all with Mod Podge.

When all my elements were glued and dry, I used pink fluorescent acrylic paint and a #2 round brush to frame my words strips, apart from the one glued on the photo, create some hearts on my page and fill in the white gap between the denim heart frame and the cutout heart. The paint is not very opaque so it gives a very subtle effect, and by using lumps of paint to do my hearts, it gives them multidimension and a nice texture.

I then used my Distress Ink stamp pad and tinted the top and bottom edges of my page, smudging the ink a little bit to give a nice and subtle grunge effect.

I outlined all my pink hearts with a mechanical pencil to make them more prominent. By using an HB, they are still subtle enough not to be overpowering the page. As this pink paint dries a bit plasticy, I had to go around the hearts a few times on some of them as the graphite would not work very well.

I then stamped my shiny little stars around my page. Some of them are not very clear, but I don’t mind. It creates an easily-achieved texture. I like “easy”. I chose to use grey ink to stamp as I didn’t want the stamped stars to be too prominent, just a subtle touch.

Next step was to add some glitter (I just GOT to have glitter!). I loaded the denim heart frame with Decopatch glitter glue, gave it a quick dry to see if it needed any more, but I was happy with it.

I felt that the word strip on the photo was a little bit lost, so I roughly outlined it with a sharpened black Crayola crayon.

I added my finishing touches with my glitter brush; on top of the black crayon and on the pink hearts.

And now some close-ups: