I started out today watching Carolyn Dube's video and was inspired to have a little fun play. First I printed a face image from Tangie Baxter's 6 month loyalty bonus from the Art Journal Emporium subscription on to a book page. I painted the girl with Portfolio Pastels and water brushes. I touched up some of the lines with my brush pen and wrote over the word courage with the pen. My background is spray inks, these were too bright so I covered with a light coat of gesso. I glued the painted girl onto my journal page and did the arc shapes overlapping the book page by using acrylic paint on a cake tray and pressing it onto the page like a stamp. I finished the page with drywall tape liner used as a stencil with distressed ink.
This page blends with the previous page in that the background is the same pink acrylic paint. The full page image of a watch caught my attention while I was looking of images for the previous page. I did a torn edge on the page and glued it onto my page. Next I stenciled with the same stencil that I used for the sanding on the previous page using white acrylic paint. The ladies were stamped on pattern tissue, torn out and glued on the page. The right words finally came to me as I was finishing and I use computer generated text glued down and added a couple of pieces of pink washi tape continuing across to the facing page.
For this page I started with images from a magazine and used a Mary Beth Shaw Stencil Girl technique of placing the magazine paper over a stencil and sanding to create a pattern. The page is painted with pink and spring green acrylic and then stenciled with white acrylic. The magazine images was glued on the page and then the photo was also glued down and computer generated text was added. I finished up by adding a couple of pieces of washi tape to the juice photo.
Playing with my bird ideas again in my journal. This time I used a floral egg stamp for the bodies, then drew in the details. This birds were painted with Graphitint and the background is again the Lyra Aquerelle crayons and blended with the water brush. This was all done on book page and glued into the journal.
I played last night and drew a funky little bird on book text. I coloured the bird with Graphitint pencils and blended with my water brush. I redrew the sketch lines with a black marker pen I coloured the iris with the same marker pen and the rest of the eye with a white Pen-touch. I coloured in the background with Lyra Aquacolor crayons and again blended with the water brush. Next I selected a journal page to use and sprayed Dylusions Inks through a couple of stencils I tore the bird paper to fit and glued it onto the journal background. I used several ink colours and sponged through a piece of sequin wast, making sure to get some on the bird paper as well.
Today's journal spread fits week 14 Seeds in Journal52 and itinerary 10 in the Art Journal Caravan on The Art Journal Emporium I started by spreading gesso on the 2 page spread, then painted blues and greens acrylic paint on the wet gesso. I used stencils and a sponge to remove some of the paint. When that was dry, I brushed gesso in the areas where I wanted to stamp the elephant and tree. I coloured these images with Crayola markers, added painted drywall tape for the ground and did my journaling with a brush pen and several markers. The butterflies and "believe in your dreams" is another rubber stamp.
These are all of my birds for our ATC group bird swap on Sunday, Jan. 17.
They are about 10 and a half inches tall. Mine are fabric over felt and cardboard, with bead stitched eyes and legs. I used fabric samples rescued from possible trash and remnants and rubber stamped various stamps on parts of the birds. I also coffee stained most of the beaks and wings. I crocheted small hearts with cotton thread and stitched them on the back. Some of the fabric is printed with a stencil on the Gellie plate. Most of the ones I got back in trade are paper over cardboard.
It was a great make and trade day and I got a lovely collection of birds back from the other members of the group.
I have added this post to the Lets Play link party on A Colorful Journey.
The photo below is of all the lovely birds I received back in trade from the members of the group. They are all beautiful.
The challenge for week 3 over on Journal 52 was a prompt to do a David Bowie lyrics and the alternate prompt is your favourite lyrics. I chose to do Space Oddity by David Bowie and Chris Hadfield. For my background I spread gesso on the pages, then used a bondo spreader to scrape black, blue, turquoise and iridescence acrylic paint over the page and then stenciled a city skyline on the bottom. The photos and lyrics were done digitally and glued on.
I signed up for the free workshop "Woman Unleashed" run by Amber DivaDawn Bonnici and have already watched the introductory video. So while I'm waiting for Dec, 20 for the workshop to start I have purchased a Fabriano EccoQua blanck journal which is 8.25 in. by 11.7 in. and worked on decorating the cover. I started with a Gellie print background which you can see in this post. Next I traced around a silhouette mask I found in a magazine and painted with black and white acrylic paint which I loosely mixed on my palette. I used a cardboard tube to stamp a few more black circles on the page. The title is an outline font which is painted with acrylic paint and some of the journaling is computer generated. Fly is rubber stamped and coloured with Twistables Fun Effects crayons. Several other stamps were used and the circle border was coloured with Aquacolor crayons and blended with a water brush. I bordered the paper with black acrylic, made torn edges and used decoupage medium to glue the finished design to my journal cover. I have tied three pieces of Boutique hand spun silk sari yarn to the spine to help reinforce the binding.
On Tuesday after doing the Courage Journal Page in the previous post, I decided to play a little with my Gellie Plate. Probably inspired by Carolyn Dube's Tuesday Link Party Play. I used several stencils and craft acrylic paint to achieve the prints in the gallery below. Now they are just waiting for the right project to be used in.
Some of these prints are ghost images and some are clean up papers, some are even on the back side of another print.