February 2021 - Two sides of Henrietta - by Riikka Kovasin

Hi there! It’s Riikka here today with my take on the month’s “celebration of contrast” theme. I rarely make art journal spreads, but this topic cried out for one! As you may see, the same elements are repeated on both pages, the only difference is the colors.

I first thought to make a spread using the color of the month and its contrast. But I seldom, or maybe even closer to never, use contrasting color scheme in like that. But what I instead use is both white and black background on a project. It’s sometimes even hard to choose between white and black gesso and which one I like more, so I went with that idea.

I started the spread by painting the left side of the spread with black gesso and the right with white gesso. Then I used three different stencils to add a little something to the solid surface. I used two shades of grey through two different stencils to add a hint of flat pattern first. Then on top I added a dimensional layer. I used the same stencil on both pages but differed the medium. For the black page I used black Impasto paint as it was the fastest way to have a matte pitch black raised pattern. For the white I went with just use Modeling Paste.

On top of the background, I then made the two compositions with similar elements. There’s a leaf – black on black, white on white, some black and white washi tape, word stickers, half pearls and a touch of thread. There’s also a portrait of a lady, cut in two. The lady is from an old painting by Anthony van Dyck from 1638 called “Henrietta Maria”. I mounted the print of the painting on top of cardstock and then cut the face loose. I also cut the piece in half and then added the sides on separate pages. I really love how both of the pages look!

This month’s color was dark red. As I wanted to highlight the contrast, mostly using just black and white and not even the grey scale in between, I added just hints of red in the page. The color is present in the half pearls, some splashes, which are more visible on the white side and then some thread. I made the splashes using a mix of two Liquid acrylic colors, Crimson and Carmine.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you an artful day!

Xoxo Riikka 

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