The messy Naomi-Jon on a nearly clean desk went all out with grunge in this Free Online Mixed Media class, by using one of her mixed media bundles to paint the covers of ALL 3 art journals used so far in her 2023 classes.
In this class, she drew inspiration from our exclusive Papercrafting Collection Grunge Street, especially paper 4 and having the perfect backing already with having the covers with paint splats, flicks, smudges, missed stamps and other OMG maybe we made a mistake moment from each class before.
We used oil pastels, acrylic paints from Mont Marte and Golden alongside a new rice paper and two stencils with a white paint pen, gel matte medium and a Prisma wax yellow pencil. The two stencils were used differently to make different effects; for example, the Big Splatt! stencil was used with a blending brush starting in the middle and going to the edges of the stencils to give a spray paint style in gradient. Whereas, the Alphas stencil used a sponge to give texture and mix the white and black paint together on the page to make a natural gradient of greys (meaning that no one notices when you run out of your mixed paint).
The brightness of the layers was created through an exploration of layers through abstract patterns with watery black paint sinking through the painted layers to the base adding a sense of dimension heightened by the buildings' vertical direction. Finishing it with a flick of black disturbed by droplets of water sprinted across the top to give cityscapes vibes.