Sunday, October 23, 2016

Lisa J - Working in Pam's Monotone Journal

Pam's Monotone journal is a lovely hand made A4 journal, beautifully covered.  

Her brief was to create a page using only a monochromatic scheme - only one colour, but you can use all of its shades and tints too, plus black and white.

Hmmm.  What colour to do? Purple and pink were already gone, along with teal and blue-green.

I decided to go with blue, since it has lots of variations (and it's one of my favourite colours).  I had lots of blue paint sample cards, so thought I could incorporate them in some way, plus I gelli printed a stack of different blue papers.

I picked a page that had an extra flap on it, just to push myself a bit further, and decided on a little town on the edge of the water.  

The background was simply rolled on with a brayer to create a messy effect, then I built up layers of collaged bits to represent the countryside.  The water was created by adding scrunched up bits of paper tissue with gel medium.  I like the effect, though using matt instead of gloss would have been better.  Oh well.

The houses were then added, with windows and doors drawn in with white Uniball Signo (my favourite white pen!).  The lighthouse completed the page.

I also wanted the same scene to flow to the page underneath, when the flap was opened.  This was a bit of a challenge, getting everything to match up, and flow well!

Underneath I added a castle, again using paint sample cards.  Then, added a couple of quotes that I liked.

Hope you like my interpretation Pam!  I also did another page for you since there was a single page that was blank - but I'll keep that one as a surprise for when you get your journal back... ;)

Cheers, Lisa

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Deb's entry in Robyn's Travel the World journal

Hi everyone. I have had this Journal for over a month now and only just hammered out this page as inspiration struck. I decided to do a page on Pakistan as that was where I was born. I researched all the stuff I remembered about living in Karachi, but I just couldn't pull it all down together on a page. I printed road maps and currancy and landmarks before the journal arrived and then I saw that it was already in other peoples entry's and I drew a blank...what now? what else did I remember as a kid? Painted trucks, Weddings, the stunning fabrics, jewels and the lavish henna designs on a brides hands and feet. Trucks and Brides????? Hmmm tricky....
I started breaking the blank page with Colour Shot sprays from Lindys stamp gang and then stencilling a Persian (ish) design with paints in brown and coral as a contrast. I stamped a face image from Stampendeous in archival ink and drew in the hair and head covering around it.
I then stuck on some Truck inspired Pakistani art with script as borders that I printed out from Pinterest with Gel medium and covered it all. (sorry about the bad quality pics as my phone camera is on the blink)
 I then used acrylics to paint her face in and liked the idea of the bride looking downwards. I used a mix of acrylic paints, posca paint pens, Silks acrylic glaze and  big brush pens to finish off her face. I heat embossed a silver pattern on her head dress. Accents were liquid pearls, old earings, heat and stick powder with distress glitter for the title.
I finished off the piece with some stamping in a henna type, feather pattern with dylusions archival ink in Calypso Teal. It has a beautiful metallic sheen to it that just doesn't show in the Pics, but I hope you like it Robyn.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Monochrome by Joan

I started this Journal page at the inaugural real life meeting of  the ArtMesaJ group. (Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Art Journalers) last month. I decided to once again get out of my colour range comfort zone and go with Pink for this journal.  I painted background with dylusions and other paint  ranges of various tones of pink.  Then I used stencils and texture paste to make some flowers in corners. Added some pink  tissue paper on top right of right page which had some inbuilt sparkles.  I did not like the colour that the left page had ended up, so I covered it in white with pink tissue paper. I then used some sprays to drip some different pinks on it.  Then some more stenciling over both pages with some lighter coloured pinks.  Added half a doily coloured with gelatos to edge of left page, added some random text paper pieces , with had been coloured with distress ink. Used some cardstock borders on edges of pages, which had been give to me at the meet, by Lena. Then added some plastic  flowers stickers to background. Also added  a piece of pink, white and black outlined paper to bottom left of right hand  page.  Stuck some button stickers on right hand border and large one on left page. Then I covered all the buttons with glossy accents to give them a 3D appearance. Painted and doodled on some chipboard cogs and stuck some on both pages. Put a 3D plastic butterfly on the right page as the focus point. Wove ribbon through a piece of cane type fabric I had, which frays as soon as you cut it,  but when it is glued to page it works great. Made the ribbon long enough to hang below the page and attached a button to each end of the ribbon.  Stuck this on the left page.Created a paper doll, using some of the same paper to make her dress, and stuck some little bling on her hair, neck, gloves and shoes. Added glittered chipboard alpha to make the phrase, 
"Everything is better in Pink", a saying I had used on a digital postcard a few months ago.  Then lastly stuck my doll on the left page as its focus.  I really enjoyed doing this piece, it has great texture in real life and much more vibrant than the pictures show.   Getting it started at the meet was a great jumpstart to my creativeness.  Hope you like it Pam.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Pinterest for Deb.

I have never really used Pinterest, not at all sure how it works, not at all sure I want to know as I waste enough time already on Facebook  :)

Having said that I do search there sometimes for appropriate quotes for journal pages and ATCs.  So I thought that could well be my subject.

Deb is sending round an unbound journal in the making and has supplied some beautiful paper to use.  So my first task was to bury the white page.  Out came the Dylusions spray, some modelling paste, stencils and gesso.

So that was the beginning.  Then I needed to decide what kind if quotes I would use.  I thought about Buddha, Confucious, Rumi, politicians and celebrities, but finally decided to honour the wise woman Maya Angelou.  Her gentle but strong words are inspiring.

With the words I chose printed and affixed, with faux ATCs and framed Journal Pages, I was done.
Hope it fits your criteria Deborah.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Aphorisms - Wendy's Journal

Just completed Wendy's journal page, hope you like it Wendy. will mail on Monday.