As I work my way through the destinations on the Amazing Race Art Journaling Project, I find myself going back to my favorite techniques to create these spreads. Because I am usually working in an altered book as part of a round robin, so few of my creations end up in my own book. This challenge has allowed me to work in my own book for a welcome change!
For India, there were so many ideas running through my head. More than anything, when I think of India, rich, vibrant colors come to mind. I don't quite remember how I settled on using the peacock as my subject for my India page. The peacock is the national bird of India. I knew I had a feather stencil and wanted to experiment and play with it to see what kind of effect I could create.
The feathers you see here in the background were made using Distress Inks which I applied through the stencil using a blending tool. The color changed dramatically once I applied the stenciled feathers onto the pink background (Dylusion Spray). I added glitter pen accents to give them more pop and definition.
Now for the fun part! I used one of my favorite pop-up techniques to create the body of the peacock. As you open the book from a closed position, the head of the peacock rises up. When the book is opened all the way, the peacock is displayed in its full glory. I added glitter glue to the feathers of the body and topped him off with some real feathers.