I've been painting often recently, exploring and experimenting and playing in a children's book of nursery rhymes. I've taken a break from my black journal - the one I created right after I finished my first journal, the one in which I painted this. The dark pages in it are hard to work with as they take a great deal of time to prepare in order to ensure that the black does not seep through; I will probably work my way through it eventually, but for now I am so enjoying working with an altered book!
Below are three of my newest spreads, all of which are as yet unfinished. I've included the materials used in each beneath the photos. I rarely do this, as I usually use a huge number of things to put together one spread, all on impulse, and I often forget exactly what has gone into creating each piece of art! I have listed them as if they were ingredients: the most greatly used products first.
Materials: acrylics, gesso, crayon, watercolor and lead pencil, ballpoint pen.
Materials: collage (phonebook pages, tissue paper, Chinese newspaper, book clipping), acrylics, ephemera (baggage claim ticket, price sticker, months tags), watercolor and lead pencil, gel pen, marker, ballpoint pen, staples, safety pin.
I have noticed that quite a lot of blues and greens have been seeping into my pages, as well as tiny details and a great deal of writing. I suspect that the colors are a wish for cooler, less sticky weather! It's been incredibly hot, daily upwards of ninety degrees.
Materials: collage (vintage pattern envelope, scrap paper, old doodles, map, sticker), acrylics, gesso, ephemera (tags, magazine images, tickets), rubber stamps, hot glue, salt, staples, oil pastel, graphite pencil.
Some wonderful techniques I've used, both old and newly learned:
- Use a hot glue gun to create three-dimensional circles and, once dry, glue these into your journal. (See photo 3)
- Empty paper towel rolls are excellent stamps! (Photo 1)
- Mix salt or sand into acrylic paint to give it texture and dimension. (Photo 3)
- Use a candle to (carefully!) burn holes into your pages - and please remember that Modge Podge and other adhesives are flammable! (Photos 2 & 3)
- Repetitive shapes can be both fun and interesting. (Photos 2 & 3)
- When all of the stickers in a sheet have been used, there remains a sort of outline, also sticky. This is a great texture-boosting tool - stick it anywhere and paint over it, or place it over a background to let the color peek through. (Photo 3)