Karen stopped by to art journal and I not only haven't put away the table, I've moved things onto it. Which isn't a good sign. Scrapbook layouts that need to either be finished, scanned or put away.
And my desk isn't that much better.... pile of journals and sketch books. Another journal in progress which I really need to stitch... and it's a good thing this shot doesn't show the "stuff" on the floor.
But I can close my eyes and image that my space is all neat and organized ... like this....
Our Michaels has added a whole bunch of stuff - literally overnight. Including Viva Decor's Inka Gold. Which is great, because the handful of tiny bottles I bought several years ago had all dried out.
And I just dove right in, sticking my finger into the green yellow and trying it out in my collage junk journal. I used it on the right-hand page, ontop of the black and white photograph and down the side of the page. I put it on lightly, and I like how it looks like the photo is tinted almost.
So much so I think I need to pick up a few more colors.
A few more backgrounds I've been working on in my Swatches junk journal. I'm really, really enjoying this process. It's quite liberating to just grab, rip, cut, arrange and glue. Although I've had to force myself to keep my hands off the current magazines in our living room.
This page spread started with marks on the left-hand size and bold patterned paper on the right, which you can see on this post. I recently rediscovered my boxes of Tim Holtz tissue paper, and have liberally been using them in this journal. There's also bits of sewing patterns and magazine cut outs. I'd say these pages are about half done - I still need to add focal images and journaling, but I like how they are coming along.
And another spread. This one has been built up by layers. And lots of texture, thanks to the line drawings and text.
I started with the black and white drawings on the edges, cut out of an old Washingtonian magazine. On top of that I added a teapot, flowers and clocks. Next was more Tim Holtz tissue paper - a large chunk on the left page; random torn chunks on the right.
I feel like the left-hand side needs more to balance it out. I've got a kinda revolutionary war/tea party thing kinda going. However, the right page is about ready to add some journaling.
And one final page. More layers, but these are overlapping. The text here is from sewing pattens. And the right hand side? I'm still debating. I really like the doodle on the paper and want to keep that. While I really want to keep this primarily a collage journal I'm considering gessoing around the doodle, or mabe adding an image transfer. Something transparent.
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