“What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human.” – Brene Brown
This is just a simple art journal page: I had some leftover paint on the ledger and then I used my Amsterdam Stencil with new spray paint – Mtn water-based gold spray paint. I wanted to try it out and was pleasantly surprised by how the metallic spray paint actually created some real texture.
I finished up the page with a Fude pen for the journaling.
“Come Visit” – and then some journaling reminiscing about how little I knew a while ago how much I love to say those words. I miss my friends in Germany and further away. Two little words – so much weight.
The “come visit” were a leftover from an old letter that I had used as collage material and the two words were in different sentences on top of each other and it was like a sign (wwahhhahaa – insert glorious music and sunshine here ;) ).
The background was stamped with my Mini Motifs and Fan-fare rubber stamps. Then I added a piece of deli paper on which I had “cleaned” a stencil that had spray-paint on it from an earlier page, creating a nice textured print of the Versailles stencil. I adhered it over the background with liquid matte medium and then sketched the lady on top.
I actually liked her better in pencil but was afraid it might not be visible enough so I added some color with acrylic paints. I am not too happy with that, as I did not think about how the acrylic paint would be taken by the glossy side of the deli paper. Oh well, it is what it is and a good reminder to think ahead sometimes. Or… just go with it… I can revisit this another time ;)
The Last Straw – There is a difference between giving up and knowing when you had enough.
This goes for many areas of life of course and sometimes you just have to declare you had enough. In this case I declared ENOUGH regarding a painting I had on the easel for a while. I just didn’t like it and it was sitting on the easel and once in a while I would do something to it and it would get worse. Funny enough, one day I looked at it and thought “you gotta go, I had enough.”
So I cut the house part out of the painting (unfinished but for me not worth the effort anymore) and thought, hey, that could be a part of an art journal spread. I mounted the canvas piece onto the background where I had used some acrylic paint and overlaid my Versailles stencil with black spray paint.
Now the page can remind me what not to do …and cutting apart the canvas actually speaks more to me than it did when it was a butchered painting.
All to say, there are a lot of things we artists usually do not show but I thought you would like to see ;)
This could be called “Trying hard to love this page” …but alas I hid the journaling behind the hand carved Love stamp because boy I felt absolutely blah the day I made this page, and I felt absolutely blah during the process too! You know sometimes just nothing works and you wanna crawl under the blanket with a good book and just let the day be done LOL. But I am not regretting the time making it because I love the Love stamp ;)
Now, how did I get here? I tested the stamp using it for the background with black archival ink and colored in some areas with colored pencils. I spread some acrylic paint – golden heavy body – which wasn’t the best choice in the first place to help push the stamping a bit into the background …oh well. Then I sketched the lady and totally overdid her face… which is cool – I am not a good face painter, nor am I particularly interested in painting faces, but I felt like “hey I am uninspired, now is a good time to try something new that you have never done”. Ha. At some point I liked her but then I kept going and she got some real face color issues LOL. I do however like the hair and I do like how the background looks like a pattern in her torso.
So there. I spilled my heart out about my day but because it wasn’t that important for y’all to know ;) I covered it up and that smeared the writing. At the time I could just laugh about it and say “wow …this is going really well but hey, fits her face” So, I just stamped my favorite element of the page right over the screwed up covered painting and called it a day.
“Meet me at the corner of Catastrophe & Confusion.”
For this page I used a collage from a while ago – a 6×6″ piece which I had painted and stamped on with acrylic paint and Signo markers.
I stamped the background of my ledger with my Powerhouse, Warehouse, Queen Anne, Midcentury Modern and Brownstone rubber stamps, covering the images to mask off while layering. I adhered the collage with double-sided tape and I used the same green as in the collage to carry it a bit into the background and tie everything together.
I sketched into my ledger with a Derwent pencil, added some watercolor, and colored in the hair and face with Caran D’ache Museum Aquarelle pencils. I used a super fine point Posca marker for the journaling.
The background is my Beacon stencil used with acrylic paint and a cosmetic sponge.
“I’m too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener!”
I thought it would be fun to pull out some of my hand carved stamps again and put them together. There are about 5 hand made stamps in the background which I stamped with a black ink pad. Then I used some magenta and yellow paint and created a glaze with matte medium, spreading it over the background.
I stamped one of my Fan-fare stamps as well as the lady from my Actually I Can set inside the window and added some journaling with a fountain pen.
“Leave your imprint on the world… but think hard about the kind of imprint!”
We can make so many… the environment, our loved ones, society, etc.
For my background I used Daniel Smith tube watercolors – they were dried up on a palette and I wanted to use them up before they went bad. Then I made some marks – triangles, dots etc. – with Posca markers. I was really just playing around and it felt good.
For a focal point I stamped my Row Houses foam stamp with acrylic paint.
The printed portion of the quote is from tissue paper that was part of the packaging of some shoes I bought and I liked it… but then thought a bit deeper about the implication of the quote and wanted to add that too.
Lady liberty is stamped with green acrylic paint onto printer paper and cut out. The “I have to remind you” is from an old letter copy that I cut out. The tag is old – no clue – it was in the magic drawer LOL. I adhered these all with my fav glue stick.
But before I collaged in the tag, I traced it with a Derwent water soluble sketching pencil on the top and dissolved some of the pencil with a brush inside the traced tag. Then I added journaling with a thin black Posca pen.