Wednesday, February 10, 2016

An Abstract Journal Page

Sometimes we just need to create without a purpose or a title.

Sometimes, it's just nice to be able to play without an end in mind.

That's pretty much what I did here ....
just play and experiment...
do something, and change my mind about doing THAT again it....
then hate it.

Have you been there?!?!

I created this page a while back, but decided to save it. And now I think it's time to share it with you.

So I started with a single kraft-colored page in Finnabair's Mixed Media Spiral Bound Journal.  

First I randomly covered the page with a layer of Heavy White Gesso using an old silicone texture tool.

(Just wait until you see Finnabair's new collection of these brushes.)

Then I added a 3 colors of Golden Heavy Body Acrylic paints, Quinacridone Magenta, Ultramarine Violet and Titan Buff.  I moved them around with a brush. They are a very high-pigmented paint that has a really vibrant color when applied over a white background. 

I used a couple of tools to draw and make marks in the thick paints before they dried.

When dry, I added White Crackle Paste with the Checker Stencil

I wrote some words with calligraphy pens using gold and black ink. Then I used the Flourish Stencil and Turquoise paint to add more stenciling. 

Next I sprayed a bit of Gold Mica Powder+Water and let it drip.  

The next layer is stamps. Here I used the Messy Clear Stamp with Sepia Archival Ink, and the Fishnet Clear Stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink. 

Then I added drops of White Bombay Ink in places, and sprayed with a bit of water. In hindsight, I wish I'd not sprayed the water. It spread and thinned the ink. I liked it better and learn.

In looking at it from a distance, I thought it had the beginnings of a clock my next step was to add more black lines to finish that illusion.

The stamping and drops of white ink were cool, but I took a fine black waterproof pen and highlighted lots of them. 

Not all the squares of Crackle, just some. 

And the Fishnet stamp looked even better when it was outlined.

The Gold spray made it really hard to get a picture without a glare, but this is pretty good.

Actually, like my husband said, "it's really a lot brighter in person."

I edged it with some Black Archival Ink and a sponge applicator and some Copper Inka Gold

It makes it even darker, so maybe that is a lesson learned, too.

I share the good, the bad, and the ugly.....well, maybe the ugly goes into the trash, but I shared what I might do differently here to bare my soul.

Your Friend in ART,


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Chunky Dimensional ATCs

I got some time in the Studio yesterday, and made 
2 Chunky Dimensional ATCs from

These are so much fun, and easy to put together with a bit of glue.

I painted the edges of both with Heavy Black Gesso to create a frame.

This one starts with Collage Sheet- Altered Ledger #89 
with a lady from Vintage Belles on a .75" Chunky ATC.

The black German Dresden trims are Border Baroque Strips and Fleur Strips

I used a Large Gold Dresden Crown with some Pink Glitter, and pieces of 
the Antique Rhinestone Chain for her necklace and bracelet. 

The little gold pieces are 3mm Brass Squares.

Watercolors and pen marks are added here and there with a few rubons to finish
it off.

This is the thinnest one at .5" deep. It's hard to see here, but the sides are decorated too.

I used ATC background Collage Sheet Altered Cottage #88 , and added some of the new 
Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique Paints.

Then I cut out the girl from Christmas Sweeties II Collage, and
   glued the German Dresden Fancy Gold Angel Wings behind her.  
I added some rubons and black rhinestones.

The Ornate Fleur Cut Outs are adorned with Finnabair Glitter
 from the Crimson and Luminous Collections.

Pens and watercolors are added to the background and the girl.

This is the back with Finnabair stamps and some Distress Inks.

Hope you enjoy and are inspired to: 

Create Art!