We All Go a Little Mad by Amanda Southern


Hi Everyone
I have been playing in my art journal for my post this week.

With the weather being considerably cooler this past weekend I managed to spend several hours just playing in my craft room, something I haven't managed for weeks due to the unbearable heat that rendered the room a furness!! 

Here's What I Did:

This is a page in my black Dylusions journal, onto which I had previously glued on some torn sheet music and scraped heavy white gesso onto and then left it to be returned to another day, this weekend was that another day. 

I first applied a light brayer of white gesso and then some magenta acrylic paint which I smeared on using my fingers. Around that I blended in several colours of Distress crayons, these really move and blend lovely over the gesso. Using the Mandala stencil from That's Crafty! I wiped away some of the Distress crayon using a baby wipe.

This is the effect from wiping away the Distress crayon. Still using the Mandala stencil I added some more stencilling using black Archival ink and a blending tool. This gives a more pronounced effect of the stencil. 

I then stencilled the face stencil from Stencil Girl, again using black Archival  and a blending tool (there are several layers of ink). I then added more stencilling using a filmstrip stencil from my stash, this time I have used Picket Fence Distress ink and a blending tool this was to add some white contrast to the page. Onto a separate piece of thin card I stamped the Alfred Hitchcock image in black Archival and cut him out and added him to my page with matte medium. 

This page is my homage to the film Phycho as I added the quote from the film spoken by Norman Bates about this mother "She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you"? I know I can relate to that quote, lol. This was typed out on my old typewriter and added with matte medium.

Here's What I Used:

Art Journal - Fabulous range of Art Journals Available HERE
That's Crafty! Mediums - White Gesso
Distress Crayons - Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Picket Fence
Alfred Hitchcock Stamp by Carmen's Veranda
FilmStrip Stencil
Torn Music Paper

The best thing about playing in an art journal is there are just no rules, you don't even have to show it to anybody, it's just your art! 
Have a fabulous arty week and I will see you all next Tuesday
Amanda X

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  1. The torn sheet music adds wonderful detail to the backdrop and I love Hitchcock and the face combined. Tracy ❤️❤️

  2. A fabulously detailed page Amanda. The layers of paint and stencilling look amazing and the whole result is so striking and colourful.
    Fliss xx

  3. Amazing background, for Mr creepy himself , and love how the mandala appears here and there , also making the face so interesting . Wonderful Amanda
    Hugs, Dorthe xx

  4. Amazing rainbow colours, and the layering with the gesso gives a great effect. Very cool!
    Alison x

  5. This is fabulous Amanda, great use of the stencil xx

  6. Loving the drama of your page CC...although now I’m scared to turn out the lights!!
    Donna xx

  7. Fabulous use of those crayons it's such an effective technique. I'd have never of thought Alfred could look so pretty against a backdrop of pink :)) Awesome journal spread.
    Hugs Tracey xx


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