"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Journaling by 5s - Session 4

This session is all about adding images and words to create a focal point. I did this session the day after doing the previous three sessions. I spread out a few piles of various pictures and words I'd cut from magazines and got to work.

This session was the most time-consuming one. Really you should just grab and glue but I found myself overthinking a few times. Racing against the clock eliminates much of that though. I had one more page to do when the timer went off, so I just finished it afterwards (don't think that's too much of a cheat...).

Here are my twenty pages. They are coming along nicely.


Pg 1


Pg 2


Pg 3


Pg 4


Pg 5


Pg 6


Pg 7


Pg 8


Pg 9


Pg 10


Pg 11


Pg 12


Pg 13


Pg 14


Pg 15


Pg 16


Pg 17


Pg 18


Pg 19


Pg 20



Do you have a favorite yet? It's amazing how each layer changes the pages. The last page was my least favorite in the first two stages, but the last two sessions have changed it around to where I quite like it.

One more session to go - pen and pencil work for details.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Journaling by 5s - Session 3

The prompts for Session 3 are to use stamps and stencils. 

To make it simpler, I limited myself to white acrylic paint and a make-up sponge for the stencils and black Archival ink for all the stamps. I gathered several favorite "texture" stamps such as script, circles, crackle and numbers and stencils in repeating patterns such as hearts, stars, harlequin, chevron, triangles and circles.

I did all the stenciling first, hoping the paint would have time to dry a bit before stamping. Then I stamped on all the pages. That worked very well and I even had extra time in this step! Using black and white created a nice contrast to all the colors and I'm even starting to like some of the pages!


Pg 1


Pg 2


Pg 3


Pg 4


Pg 5


Pg 6


Pg 7


Pg 8


Pg 9


Pg 10


Pg 11


Pg 12


Pg 13


Pg 14

(This is the page that I didn't have a photo of for Step 2. You can see I had added some magazine scraps and heart tissue paper.)


Pg 15


Pg 16


Pg 17


Pg 18


Pg 19


Pg 20



Adding focal images and words in the next session will be fun. I'm looking forward to how these pages will develop.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Journaling by 5s - Session 2

I'm back with Session 2. I actually did the first three sessions all in one day, but I am spreading out the blog posts to avoid too many photos.

Session 2's prompts were to add collage and recycled materials to create texture. I used quite a variety of materials that I'd saved for awhile and I will note what I used below each photo.  (It is helpful to have a box or basket of saved scraps and interesting pieces to use in this exercise.)


Pg 1

patterned paper, napkin, Tim Holts tissue paper, vintage ledger paper

Pg 2

napkins, "under" paper, tissue paper, dictionary paper

Pg 3

ledger paper, scrapbook paper, napkins

Pg 4 

dictionary paper, magazine scrap, punched patterned paper, napkin

Pg 5

tissue paper, napkin, magazine scrap, patterned paper

Pg 6

napkin, magazine scrap, inside security envelope

Pg 7

napkin, music paper, scrap of instructions from sewing pattern

Pg 8

Tim Holtz tissue paper, magazine scrap, other tissue paper

Pg 9

magazine scrap, music paper, tissue paper, punched circles from magazine

Pg 10

magazine scrap, music paper, napkin, hand-painted tissue paper

Pg 11

napkins, magazine scraps, gelli-printed deli paper

Pg 12

tissue papers, magazine scrap

Pg 13

napkin, tissue paper, punched circles from magazine

Pg 14

OOPS - somehow didn't take photo of this page in this session!

Pg 15

napkin, punched tissue paper, hand-painted tissue paper

Pg 16

magazine scraps, piece of fibrous paper

Pg 17

magazine scraps, piece of fibrous paper

Pg 18

under paper, inside of security envelope, magazine scrap

Pg 19

tissue papers, gelli-printed deli paper

Pg 20

napkin, magazine scrap

The pages are still not looking like much but they are improving! I was happy to finish this step in exactly the fifteen minutes, though at one point I was a bit worried! Basically, I just grabbed a scrap and slapped it down with gel medium. After the timer went off, I went back and made sure everything was glued down properly.

Up next, Session 3...