This is my journal spread for AJC itinerary 3 and Journal52 week 4 Full Moon. I used vintage music paper with a fox and goose illustration on it, but missed the lace. I have also included the quote from itinerary 3. I painted the background with gesso and acrylics, used stencils to wipe off some of the paint. My moon is painted with acrylic paint and has a bit of iridescent medium around the edge. The girl image is Carson from a digital kit by Rebecca McMeen.
I used challenge 1 and 2 from the Art Journal Emporium for my journal spread. It also fits in with the itinerary 1 of the Art Journal Caravan. All of the elements except the washi tape and stenciling is from the Jan. grab bag and bonus items from Jan. in the Art Journal Emporium I have included my intention (word) of the year "heal" and 6 words to explore becoming uncaged. My word "Heal" was stamped on the page and on a teabag fabric which was glued over the page. fly and unleashed was painted with pearlescent watercolour. The journal spread also fits the Journal 52 Week 1 challenge for Word of the year "Heal"
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.
Near the end of December Tangie Baxter posted a video instructions and collage sheets in the Art Journal Emporium and I just couldn't wait to get started. I made my book pages with 140lb. watercolour paper to finish at 4 in. by 6 in. and stitched with butchers twine. I used parts of the collage sheets for some of the pages and Quitfire Design stamps to embellish the pages. Some of the other pages have watercolour backgrounds and collage images or stamped images. I am so proud to announce that my project was selected to be featured on Tangie Baxter's blog
I worked on ATCs for the Jan swap and my idea happens to work for Carolyn Dube's January challenge to use something that would be thrown away. I used a bunch of stuff that might normally be thrown away. I started with owls from the candy cane package and used other parts of the packaging for backgrounds. I also used ribbon, "snowball beads", and pieces of the hat from Christmas crackers. The hat is the silver bits run through an embossing folder. The white paint was applied with a blob of hot glue I used as a stamp from a fabric sample book I took apart. The white dots were added with a Sharpie paint pen and I I added some washi tape to some of the cards.
I watched the first session later last night since it was my monthly ATC swap yesterday so I did my journaling about the session this morning. I am sharing my impressions form the first session, but if the interior excavation gets too deep I may skip posting. For now here is my first journal spread. The retreat is continuing until Jan. 2 2016 and the sessions will be available till the end of Jan. so there is still time to join.
There was quite a bit of arguing in my mind about what my intention should be. I finally kept quiet and listened so now I'll focus on "Heal".
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.
Yesterday was another day of a new journal page. This time I was reading "101 Mixed Media Techniques" published by Walter Foster and came to the page about printing on reclaimed paper. The process looked exciting so I just had to try it out right away. I found an image on my computer of a girl knitting, not sure of the original source, but I changed the photo to black and white and printed it on a piece of brown paper. I was thrilled with the results, I feel that is gives an interesting depth to the photo so I put together this journal page by spaying coffee and fired brick walnut ink through a lace runner on the journal page and used several hand writing rubber stamps along with a Tim Holtz pen nib stamp and a Quietfire "cherish" word stamp. The image was torn and glued on along with computer generated words printed on Gellie print scraps.
I have added this to Carolyn Dube's Link Party
Today I have an oops, not an art oops but a blog oops, I did this journal page on Nov. 13 but never published it to my blog. So here it is today. This is a two page spread plus one more page in my journal telling a little bit about my start at crocheting. I used Rebecca McMeen's Dragon Lace kit and a paint splatter for another kit from Tangie Baxter. The journaling is done in Tangie Baxter Canary. The single page is a collage of some of the pages from the very old Learn How book that I used.