I sketched these images copying some Halloween items. I used watercolors to finish off the drawings. I was disappointed that the pen I used bled. I had to be careful when near the outlines and use less water on my brush. I love my witch and the Frankenstein.
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I love the look of drippy paint. I really want a something like an Oink Ink mop marker, but in a mini size to work in a journal, not for taggin’ the side of a train. So I tried a technique I read about in Journal Revolution by Linda Woods and Karen Dinino. I need to let this process happen a bit more naturally. I want to control it too much. By the way I love my big black Sharpie.
Ironically, this page where I was thinking about color came out very un-colorful. I tried out a color from my set of inexpensive watercolor paints. This was the first time I had used this color. I smooshed plastic wrap into the wet paint and let it dry. Later I pulled up the plastic wrap. I knew I wanted to use some paint chips from my collection. I really wanted to use this large 4 shade card, but loved the look of a card I had that had a hole in it. That gave me the idea of punching some holes into the card. I used a small leaf punch from the dollar section of Michael’s. I decoupaged the paint card and the leaf cut-outs onto the page with Mod Podge. I used my finger to smudge black ink around the leaves and leaf holes. I Bic Wite-Out pen to write word and a fine point black pen to outline page elements. I would not use Mod Podge if I were doing this now. I now know Mod Podge (glossy at least) stays tacky forever. The white line on the third rectangle down is from my page sticking to the opposite page and ripping a bit off when I separated them. Arggh!
I love this page. I decided to try rubber cement resist. I put blobs of rubber cement on the page and let it dry. I painted the page with watercolors and let that dry. I dropped Liquitex acrylic ink onto the page. Then blew it around with a straw. I love the look, but wanted to pass out after a while.
One of my favorite pages. I wrote the names of people and animals that have been in my life the last few years with a white Uni-Ball Signo pen. Then I washed watercolor over the page. I doodled the heart with wings and page border. I painted thinned red Folk Art metallic paint over the heart and polka dotted it over the page. I used thinned white paint for the wings and right page edge.
I doodled with crayons then washed over the page with black watercolor paints. This was a fun play page. I love watercolor resist. Wonder and magic do exist in the world, if you look through the right lenses. I finished off the page with some bright white doodles using a Bic Wite-Out Correction Pen.
This page was a baby step for me. I have a hang-up about using books as craft material in my projects. I love the look when others have done it. I had made some cards using illustrations from a wrecked copy of the Cat in the Hat. Now I needed to keep using books in my artwork. This particular book was completely falling apart and did not have any sentimental value to me. But still, I had to take a deep breath to rip this page out to use it. I had made the page background previously with watercolor paints. I used watercolor pencils to color the picture. I had a happy accident on this page. As I colored the picture on top of a piece of scrap paper I noticed that the print on the back of the page had been transferred to the scrap paper. So then I colored on top of the journal page to get this subtle effect on purpose. I have a goal of using dictionary pages in some work this year. I never use my dictionary, but still I am not comfortable with ripping it up yet. I wrote about my hang-up a bit. I was more positive than I feel (trying to talk myself into being comfortable with this concept). I have taken the first steps though. Now I need to keep walking.