Painted pages for journals

By on 3-14-2012 in Backgrounds for mixed media, Mixed Media, Vintage

I found a box of printable sticky labels at a Value Village the other day and the first thing I thought of doing was to paint on one of these pages. I just randomly painted, stamped, wrote and painted some more until the page was filled without worrying about composition. This page can now be torn or cut into sections when I need a bit of something on a journal page, the backing pulled off and stuck straight onto the page. I am now working on another using left over paint etc to cover it. When it’s full I will have another page. I loved just getting down and arty without having to worry about whether something looks balanced or the colours merge properly simply because it doesn’t matter. I can also use the image for digital pieces over and over without destroying the original piece.

painted sheet for journals

First challenge at the Just Art site

By on 3-14-2012 in Backgrounds for mixed media, Mixed Media, Vintage

The first challenge posted by Robyn of Red Dog Designs was to use at least one of the 4 edge overlays she gave us. I had already created a background from a crackle paint piece for my fat book page earlier in the year. I used two of the edge overlays … Pretty Edgy One Edges 2 and 3 and changed the colour of my background to match the photo that comes next.

Challenge 1 at the Just Art site

This is the next step of the piece I created. I’ve always loved this photo I took at the museum of the cave drawing. The earthy colours along with the background rock is magnificent and I knew I’d use it and want to play with it. I selected the image using a feathered edge of 118 to give a soft opening to show the crackle background and moved it onto the background.

Challenge 1 at the Just Art site

Spring, a little 4×4 for the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo group

By on 3-14-2012 in Backgrounds for mixed media, Mixed Media, Vintage

Spring … how I wish it were actually here … no more snow ! Please !! …. the background is corrugated cardboard that has a layer of gesso, a layer of water colour crayon and then another layer of gesso brayered on …. I love how the last gesso layer picked up the lines of the corrugation. The bird and butterfly were cut from a piece of watercolour paper that I had used as a palette for something else … waste not, want not …. the picket fence was made from tags cut with a die.

Spring 4x4 fat book page

Reaching for the Moon, a journal page

By on 3-14-2012 in Backgrounds for mixed media, Mixed Media, Vintage

This little journal page was created for the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo group. Whimsical Me was the subject and only guideline for this 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch page.

Whimsical Me journal page, Reaching for the Moon

The background is an ombre tissue paper. Tissue paper is a great way to get a brightly coloured background quickly. I covered it with gel to keep it from bleeding. A simple coating of clear glitter glue went on top of that with some pearlized water paints stenciled into the corners. The green cheese moon is a piece of water colour card. My little girl with the wistful look was traced from a vintage fairytale book using my Wacom Bamboo tablet in PSE 11. I then printed onto a dictionary page and coloured with water colour crayons. Once she was dry I redrew the black lines and outlined her in grey gel pen. The words were printed on a piece of textured resume paper and torn before being pasted onto the piece. Everything was covered with another layer of gel to preserve it.