a simple black pen.
it can transform any page, photo, stamp, layout, mixed media piece,etc.
it is one of the overlooked tools in your arsenal yet ever so valuable.
Let me show you how it has transformed some of my pages in my Doha Art Journal Mini Album.
This is a before and after shot to show how outlining a simple shape gives it some pop.
See patterns within patterns. This stencil by Julie is called Wedding Ring. When you look at the pattern you will most like see circles. However with a few quick lines of a pen, you can see flowers.
Outline a few misted stencil shapes using the stencil & a pen. You can outline as many as you want.
If there are breaks in the stencils, you can add in those pen lines too. For example this henna hand had little breaks and the finger tips didn't come down all the way. This is how stencils work to get the pattern, otherwise you would just have an empty hand.
Add in some doodles. The image to the right was a stamped image. The ones down the middle of the page are doodles. I could even fill in those tiny circles in the stamped image. The washi tape was outline with a wide tip pen.
Doodle around pictures to make them pop. I already outlined a few images on the page with a black pen plus there was a few stamped images in black. When i placed the photo on the page, it got lost. My solution, add black doodles around the edge and make it the center of attention again.
all this through the magic of a simple black pen.