I played with layers on this background and I love the way it turned out. I started by covering the page with Gesso. Then I sprayed it with water and dripped alcohol inks on the page. I helped them "move" on the page with a mop brush. Once it dried, I stamped the page with vintage writing in sepia and a crescent moon in black archival ink. Then more experimenting with stencils. I sprayed water through the stencil and dusted Perfect Pearls over it and "pounced" on this with my brush. I don't know if the photo picked it up very well but I really liked the look of it. I also sprayed some Walnut ink through a number stencil. I had some lace and I glued this on. It is just to the right of the girls head. You might be able to see it if you enlarge the photo. I stamped the bottom of the page with a flowers and fern stamp and colored them in with markers. Then I drew the girl on a separate piece of paper, colored her in using watercolor pencils, cut her out and glued her in place. I had some bubble wrap, used for packing and I covered it with Gesso and pressed this on the page. I traced around the moon with a white gel pen and the girl with a black pen to help them stand out a little bit. Then I found the quote and thought that it fit how I was feeling and wrote it on a label that I had and presto, my page was done.
Since I had such good results with the Gesso and alcohol inks, I wanted to try it again. However, when I looked back at some of my art, I noticed that I really tend to use greens in my work...a LOT. So I wanted to get as far away from green as possible and went with orange, butterscotch and watermelon. WOW, very bright. Then I tried some stenciling which did not work so I covered the whole page with a pealecent spray. Now I had no idea what to do with the page. I looked up at some of my supplies and saw the washi tape and used it to put a frame around the page. Still no inspiration. Then I doodled around the frame. Still no idea what to do with this brightly colored page. Then I took a break, got something to eat and did some browsing on Pinterest and found this page http://www.bobandterristeffes.com/2011_01_01_archive.html
I printed out the picture of the bird from my files. I cut it out and used it to draw the girl. I colored the girl with watercolor pencils, cut her out and glued her to the bird. ...Huh, I just can't get away from green. I went through my stash of scrapbook embellishments and added them to the page. While going through my scrap, I saw the quote and thought, "perfect". I made a tag with the quote and used "Tea Dye" distress ink to age it a bit. Wow, another page done. This was so much fun and so relaxing. What a great weekend this has been.