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

Friday, January 31, 2014

A few more journaling pages and I'm off to Mexico!

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you might remember that in July I went to Mexico for some dental implants. Since they have now healed and grown into the bones, it is time for my return visit to get the permanent teeth! While I am there I will also have some crowns done. So, we leave tomorrow for a week in Mexico - am sure my husband will enjoy it but it won't be as relaxing for me!

It will be quiet here on the blog all week so I'm leaving you with some art journaling pages - all works in progress and more layers to go!

This one is gesso applied through a floral stencil which acts as a resist for the Distress Paints I added after it was dry. 

This one has several colors of Dylusions ink sprays on the background. When those were dry, I covered the entire page with black gesso. Before the gesso dried completely, I covered it with a circle stencil and removed the gesso in the holes.  This makes me think of the solar system, but I really don't have a clue where to go with the page from here!

Gesso was applied to this page rather thickly with a palette knife. When it was dry, I used blue and yellow ink sprays and let them run and drip. I like how these colors mixed and the texture is fantastic.

This page is extra products from another project I was working on and I tried out some things here. Modeling paste was used through the honeycomb stencil. I then sprayed it with Dylusions Melted Chocolate spray ink. I have to say that with a name like that I want to love it, but I'm not sure I'm a fan of this color. It reacts funny. You can see that when I blended it with a baby wipe it turned pinkish. Then I tried heating it with a heat tool and it turned blackish green! It actually looks a lot better now that it is completely dry, but I don't like that you never know how it will react! There are also flecks of gold and black paint. The trick to those are diluting the paint, using a small paintbrush and covering the surrounding area! 

This page is a hodge podge of lots of things and I'm not even sure I can remember all I've done to it! It started out as decoupaged paper scraps and then there are several layers of scraped paint and spray mists. I used a clock stencil with modeling paste which became dyed with a subsequent ink spray. There are also painted circles (with a toilet paper tube) and white paint lines (from corrugated cardboard) and white paint stamped on with bubble wrap.

This last one is what I call a "mop up page." When I have paint or mediums left over I don't want to waste them so I brush them onto another journal page. It eliminates the "blank page" syndrome when I start to work on that page and saves my drains from excess paint! I love these colors together.

As I said, none of these is finished yet. I rarely finish a page in one sitting. It's an ongoing process!

Ciao...I'll see you in a week!


Sue said...

Well, Susan - I like the way this turned out. Know you weren't a fan of the chocolate mist, but the end result is FABULOUS.

Enjoy your trip - and try to take it all in stride.


Rhonda Merry said...

Crazy how the "in process" pages look so fabulous. I can't wait to see the finished pages. Prayers for a smooth and speedy recovery.