Today we are going to try Markal Paintstiks, which are oil based pigments, brought in the shape of a stick, with a creamy texture. They have texture simility with gelatoos or distress crayons, except for the difference that this are water soluble and Markal aren't. So I thought that if I applied them over a primer surface they would just react in a similar way, merging together perfectly, but without water.
There is not better option to try than with my black paged art journal. I started with a layer of white gesso, that I left to dry for a while.
Next, I just scrawled green markal aroun the bottom of the piece. To degrade the colour I used a sponge. I added white markal to create different greens colour scheme and I degraded them carefully. For the sky I followed the same steps with blue markal and degraded the transition between the different colours too.
Then I tried a technique I usually do with gelattos, it consists on placing the stencil and removing the colour with a wet towel, this way the pattern stays with the white gesso layer we gave it at the beginning. For this technique I used flowers and curved lines stencils. It worked perfectly, so second round passed!
As Markal paint is oil based, they take a while to dry over waterproof layers like gesso, so I fastened the process with a heat gun. I also applied a medium gel layer to protect the surface and keep adding stuff.
Finally, I gave life to the backgound with some clouds and the die-cut cardboard bee. They have been coloured with chinese-ink markers, that can be mixed together when applied over the gel layer. The little girl is a die-cut from a stamp, coloured with watercolours. The white letters that create the quote have been die-cut from a white card.
The result is just a simple art journal page, to try some mixed media techniques with the Markal Paintstiks. The more I use them, the more they surprise me!
See you next time!