My Soul Book Part 9

Welcome to My Soul Book Part 9 video.

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Watch it on Youtube or Vimeo

The wordstrips used for this page:

“she wrapped her own long arms around her shiny inner self and whispered, ‘it’s alright, i believe in you'” (quote found on Facebook, sorry I don’t whom from)

This page was crying out for a photo of myself. I don’t have many, especially recent ones, so I ended up doing a selfie on my phone (how do you do that?!!) and printed my photo on this Polaroid Zip mini printer I treated myself to a few months ago.
I absolutely love it (the printer!)!! It comes with a pack of 10 photo sheets that are also stickers so you can peel them off and stick them properly and securely without any effort. You need to download the Polaroid app on your phone or tablet, where you can edit your photos using filters, collage photos, add inbuilt elements to your photo and even draw using a paintbrush tool.
The photo paper size is 3×2 inches, which makes it ideal for collage /art journaling /scrapbooking projects. Yes, it is my new toy 😉

Now for this video:

Supplies Used on this Page

  • photo of myself on sticker photo paper
  • white sheet of copier paper cut to page size
  • strip of fabric
  • Artiste acrylic paints in Pumpkin and Lush Pink
  • white gesso (I’m using Liquitex)
  • my wise words strips
  • Posca paint pen PC-3M in Black
  • one of the stamped embellishments created in Part 2 (a butterfly)
  • Decopatch glitter glue
  • Neocolor II crayon in Violet
  • Tombow markers in 725, 723, 673, 623 and 553
  • old plastic card
  • Mod Podge
  • Speedball brayer

My Process

I tore a piece of patterned fabric into a long strip and kept it aside for the next step. Using Mod Podge, I then glued a piece of white paper on my page to cover the cardboard. I glued the fabric strip on top on the inside edge and loaded it with Mod Podge to make sure it was adhered firmly. I smoothed all with n old plastic card to remove air bubbles.

Next I applied dots of orange and pink acrylic paint all over my page and spread it using a brayer, adding paint to add better coverage. Using my fingers, I then applied white gesso to lighten the colours. Spreading it, softened the colours, while dabbing it created nice spots of white to create some contrast. I then rubbed some pink paint on the top edge of the paint for a neater border. It makes it more defined, I think.

I coloured in my butterfly using my Tombow markers (water-soluble) and activated the pigments with a waterbrush for the colours to soften into each other and blur colour demarcations. I chose similar colours to create a gradient effect.
While it dried, I drew a doodled scallop border for my fabric strip, using a black paint pen, I then cut out the excess fabric on each end.

I then cut out my word strips and auditioned all elements together. When I was happy with the placement, I glued my word strips, sealing them on top, stuck my photo sticker, wrote the end of the quote on the white Polaroid style border, and glued my butterfly on top.
I covered the butterfly element with glitter glue to make it prettier

With my black paint pen, I doodled some flowers in the background to break it up and add some contrast to the page, as all the other elements were quite soft and blended with the background.

Finally, I used my violet crayon to roughly outline the word strips so that they stand out a bit more.

Et voila…