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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


When I wrote last one of the photos was of a blue and green background I had done. After multiple layers I realized that I might be able to do something with it someday, but today wasn't the day. I've been online and looking at magazines and I've joined a group and seen what other people are doing and I realized that I like light backgrounds, not dark ones. So I started over this morning.

One of the people I've been following keeps saying that you do not waste paint. So in addition to the book that I originally wanted to have this background for, I had two sheets already prepped with gesso that I use the extra paint on. So the book is darker, although light enough that I'm happy with it, and the two sheets which will become a small journal are lighter. From here on in what happens to the two projects will be quite different, so they won't end up looking anything alike.

Yesterday I went on a gessoing rampage. I prepped multiple pages in two journals. The small one you see in the photo and one with pages the same size as the two loose sheets of paper.

I also recognized that I need to cover the entire table. For one thing I do not have a protective surface large enough to work on the bigger journal with both pages showing, and I am going to want to do that at least some of the time.

And another thing I've learned is that it would be a good idea to have a lot of additional pages ready. I've now figured out why art journalers have multiple books. They are different sizes, they are made out of different papers, but most of all, they give you the opportunity to work on something else while the project you are focused on is drying.

Take care all.


  1. Beautiful colors, Stella. My daughter is artistic and backgrounds are her favorite. I'm not at all talented in that department, haha, but I can't wait to see what you do next!

  2. Looks like you are making lots of progress.