“Bohemian Rhapsody”

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted in regards to an actual art journal page.

You know I’ve gotta feel this one is special if I’m doing it now!

Yesterday I found myself digging around online for ideas for a bedding set. I recalled a long time ago I came across these gorgeous, colorful—and extremely pricey— bedding sets that would sometimes be sold at Macy’s. I couldn’t remember the name of the company that provided them so I spent a great deal of time googling “colorful bedding”. This lead me on a wonderful journey of gorgeous bright colors particularly under the style of bohemian.

Eventually I found the name of the company whose bedding I adored: Natori. And I even found a photo of one of their sets that I’d fallen in love with (which is currently not available any longer—sadness.) Just look at those colors!

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Gorgeous Natori bedding set.

By the time I found the Natori bedding set I’d remembered, my creative mind was totally saturated with bright, beautiful color combinations. I was just itching to smear down the colors of this set and then it all took on a life of its own from there.

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Once the colors were down I had to add some pizazz with gold stamping. I was almost tempted to leave the layout as it was, but that is typically difficult for me to do. I really wanted it to have a focal point so I decided to draw a mandala over the background.

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I’m so glad I took this risk. I love how the page turned out. This is the first really colorful mandala I’ve ever done, as well. All my other mandalas are straight black and white. There’s a couple I did over the top of a messy watercolor background, but I didn’t actually color any of the components of the mandala itself.

This was pretty straightforward, however. I used Artist’s Loft Acrylic Paints in Crimson, Deep Magenta, Yellow Ochre and Turquoise. ColorBox Gold Metallic Pigment Inkpad was used for the stamping, and then I used my Sakura Micron and Uni-Ball Signo pens for the black and white detailing. The final touch was to scribble down a brief sentiment, which I did using a dip pen and Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink.

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Hope these colors make you as happy as they make me feel. Now I just have to get my hands on a bedding set like the one that inspired this design.

In case if you didn’t get enough, here are some more juicy details with eye-blinding, happy-making colors!

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Hope you enjoyed the layout. Please leave a comment, like or share the page, and be sure to follow me on Instagram where I post other miscellaneous projects and sneak-peaks of future layouts! Thank you!

 


List of materials:

Ranger Dylusions Dyan Reaveley’s Creative Journal
Artist’s Loft Acrylic Paints
ColorBox Gold Metallic Pigment Inkpad
Sakura Micron Pens
Uni-Ball Signo Pen
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink
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