I started off my journal spread by applying gesso to both pages with a paintbrush.
In order to avoid getting the gesso all over,
I typically place waxed paper under both pages that I am applying the gesso (or paint for that matter) to
so I don't get too much on the other pages
(life is messy!)
For this spread,
I used my Caran D'Ache Neocolor II Watersoluble crayons
I colored the circles of varying size
The background is also crayon with water.
I felt that the spread was a little too bright for my liking,
so I splatted on some paint (Golden Titan Buff) and
rubbed it around with a brayer.
I had the perfect collection of stamps ...
so I stamped a variety of circles and stars
but found some of the stamps didn't turn out too well
(maybe my paint wasn't dry enough)
I added just a wee bit of texture on the side
(actually I also added a sticker but it wouldn't stay on
so maybe the painted surface was not ink/sticker friendly?)
and of course,
I added my favorite.... text!
when living with three kids (ages 19, 16, and 13)..
there is bound to be drama!
I like to make my text bold and highlighted.
I also added some spray ink with a stencil
and a few shapes by dabbing ink over a stencil.
There you have a simple art journal spread.