I was recently asked to host one of the "Daily Paper Prompts" over at Daisy Yellow. I was super excited about coming up with ideas for this! My prompt was "borders" Before I sat down to create I started with a notebook and making a list of things to try. Anytime I had an idea I would just jot it down. The ideas varied from techniques on making a border to things you could actually use for the borders themselves. I also shared 4 different projects that I created to go along with the prompt.
When I started with these projects I thought it would be fun to photograph each step along the way so I could share them with you. In doing this my hope is to give you more inspiration for your art journals or art projects. Over the next week or so I will create a different post for each project that I did. This way the posts don't get too long for you!
To start my page I was using the dylusions spray inks on another page with stencils. I then took the stencils and wiped the leftover ink on the paper in the photo. This is a great way to get some color on a paper and to use up your leftover paint or sprays! Most of the time I keep a sheets of paper on the table to put my leftovers on. The paper can vary from copy paper, deli paper, scrapbook paper, dictionary paper, or whatever you have on hand. The point is to have a place to test your paints or stamps on and use it later for something else.
After letting the ink dry I pulled out my water colors and splattered a few colors on top of the inks. Since the dylusions are water soluable the splatters helped blend them with the water colors. At this point I didn't want to add any other paint. I knew it would blend the other colors together and I was happy with what I had.
For this page I decided to start with the "border" first! Try switching it up on your pages and see if it makes a difference! I used a star stencil that I had on hand with just a black pen. I was wanting more of a sketching kind of line. Also adding an odd amount of stars and having one of them bleed off the page helps add intrest and move your eye around the page.
In this next step I just went over the stars with a sharpie and added a few dots or scribbles. For me this adds a bit of personality. So the border of the stars are finished. I decided to add a bit of journaling into the background. For this page I didn't want it to be the main focus. I used my regular black pen and jotted down my thoughts, as I skipped around the page . I wanted it to have more of a random feel to it.
After doing the border for the stars I picked a few words into the centers of them. You could however add the border to words or images after you have them on your page for a different effect! I used the black ball point pen first and then went back over it with my sharpie. For the border of the page I just used the ball point pen. I wanted something around the page, but didn't want to take away from the stars so keeping it a shade lighter helped with this! I hope this gives you a new way to
I hope this gives you a new way to look at borders and how to use stencils to create the borders. Keep a running list of ideas for borders and incorporating your use of stencils! Imagine the possibilities with all those great stencils out there or even your own handmade ones! The sky is the limit! When you are stumped for inspiration or don't know what to do then pull out your list and work on one! I would love to see what you create or hear your ideas so post a link in the comments!