The background of my project looks rather different from the lesson. It is a lot more controlled, which wasn't intentional. I still struggle with letting go of my old habits and surrendering to the process, but I know I'll get there one day.
I used gesso as the first layer to texture the surface with stencils. The colour was added with fluid acrylics and metallic oil pastels. I cut the heart out from a piece of batik fabric and hand stitched it to the paper to make a pocket. (You can see more of my collection of batiks in this post.) I used acrylic glazing medium for the drips and sprinkled glitter over it. The glazing medium dries clear, so it's a good way of doing this instead of using paint. It's also just the right consistency, not too runny, not too thick. I'm quite happy with my page, though I realize I failed to implement the background technique. I found the letter writing exercise very meaningful and relevant to me.
Let me show you some photos:
|My advice to my younger self|
|Heart pocket cut from a piece of batik|
|Glitter added over drips of glazing medium|
|I love the way the light catches the glitter|