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,



Helen said...

i think it's great! I have lots of days like this though!

Kathy Bradley said...

I like it - sometimes I do the same thing - and I keep a stack of some of them - just as a reference with notes.

Dawn Gold said...

Love it, Tganks for sharing your process

Artforte said...

Lovely...It happens alot, we want to make something and we get something else...and we learn alot by doing mistakes

Artforte said...

Lovely...It happens alot, we want to make something and we get something else...and we learn alot by doing mistakes

Karenliz Henderson said...

Beautiful page. I love when it works out that way

Joi at RR said...

It's SUPER. Full of textures and color and luscious design. I really enjoy the business of it - makes in intriguing. How fun. Loved this post. Just went thru the same scenario Linda but thanks to mentors like you - who taught me early on to just keep trying - after putting mine aside for two weeks - I resurrected it!! Thank you so much for sharing... it's such an encouragement! j.

Debby said...

I really like this! Sometimes it is good to just keep on trying things until the piece tells you it is done. Thanks for sharing. Is there a source for that journal in the US?

teri reed said...

I love it and laugh, all my AJ pieces go like this and that's why I love it so much. Great Linda!!!

Linda M. Cain said...

I did a Google search for "Finnabair journal" and found several spots. Good luck!

Debs Smith said...

I love it Linda, and especially like it when artists show there mistakes, personally I think it makes us all seem more human lol!

Kim Collister said...

I love the all the exciting paths that journal takes us on, you never know what you might discover! Love your journal page!!!!

Jackie P Neal said...

Beautiful work Linda!! Such yummy layers and textures- I just ant to run my hands over it!! Thanks for sharing your steps!