Off the Rails DT “Foodie” Art Journal Page


Hi Everyone, I am so pleased to be able to share my first Off the Rails design team project “all about food” with you this morning. I seldom take photos of food and have just started to dabble into art journalling so I thought -why not an art journal page about food? My inspiration came from the quote “Laughter is Food for the Soul”

Here’s what I did. Using some natural foodstuffs I produced dyes & paint. The hessian was dyed with beetroot and I mixed turmeric and paprika to produce dye. I have also dyed some gauze with tea and mixed coffee with texture paste.

My art journal is an up cycled children’s book, so I created the background first by painting the page with gesso and covering it with torn pieces of old recipe book paper. I then applied the turmeric wash while the gesso was still bit wet.


Then some paprika wash to cover all the background. As the gesso dried the colours did fade quite a bit unfortunately.


When the gesso had dried I misted with a coffee mist through a stencil and added a fussy cut picture of a woman laughing over some more recipe paper and some tissue printed with kitchen dishes. Then some tea stained gauze, stamping and the quote. I finished off with some hessian and more stamping and a few “splotches” of coffee texture paste through a stencil.



I hope this has given you a few ideas – there’s still time to join in this months challenge.


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