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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Art Journaling, mostly

Since the big Gelli Print day I've been art journaling.

 I did another face, and boy is this one better. I still need to work on painting eyes, but between watching YouTube videos and following the PDF file that came with one class I bought, I think I did a pretty good job. I did not paint the butterflies. They were from sheets of butterflies I found online and printed out and cut up.

By the way, a lot of people have problems with prints from their dot matrix (non-laser) printer smudging. I can attest that the Epson ink does not smudge once it is dry even when you are using very wet media to paste it down.

I'm pretty sure I showed this page before but I wasn't sure so I photographed it again. But just as with the butterflies above there was some pasting going on here. All of the sentences were printed on my printer, cut out and glued down.

This page started out with being completely covered with paper I had painted on regular copy paper or deli paper or book pages or very old music pages from the Internet. And all of the brides and grooms were from similar ephemera, from sites that have free downloads.

I had a lot of trouble with this page because the papers were all different and some of them wrinkled badly, and others went down pretty well. But I like the finished page.
By the time I got to this page I'd learned a lot about gluing things down. The two big green areas are from a napkin that had the birds printed on it. And it went down with no wrinkles at all. There was just a tiny bit of tearing, but I think I've finally figured out how to do this and get it right.

This one is from the small journal. The two color schemes are similar, but there are also differences. I did work on them almost simultaneously, and that tends to result in similar color schemes for me.

And finally this is what my table looks like after I've finished a project and haven't started another. I need to clean up and I will. That filthy glass is not the glass I drink from. I'm careful to keep my own glass far away from the table, although I did almost set my coffee cup in wet paint yesterday. The filthy glass is my water for painting. I need to come up with something else, but haven't figured it out yet.

Take care all.


  1. You are doing beautiful work Stella. The girl is amazon. Keep it up!!

  2. Beautiful journals! Looks like you are having fun.