I’ve been wanting to set up an Artimess blog using my own domain name for a while now. On Friday night I finally achieved that goal (check it out) … with a lot of help from my brother Marcus 🙂 I’ve been working ever since to customise the coding to accommodate my designs and managed to successfully transfer all the content last night. I can see this will be an ongoing project, and guess I’ll be burning the midnight oil for a few nights!! I’ll leave this blog up as it is, but for all new posts you’ll need to follow me over to the new Artimess location here!
I know it’s a bit early for Christmas …. but I’ve been making paper chains!
Not full size ones, just one mini paper chain made from a page of my Wreck this Journal book! I coloured the strips with Sharpies, then drew flowers on them using Sakura Souffle pens. Lastly I glued them together and attached them to the journal using mini brads.
I started this doodle ages ago during a long telephone conversation with my brother. Then it got put aside and I forgot about it for a while. So when I stumbled across it the other day I thought it was about time I finished it!!
I used a very fine Copic Multiliner pen.
The word I chose for this next page is the Artist in me acknowledging her presence!
I used some cheap Calligraphy pens from Asda for the calligraphy (which as you can see – write beautifully), and a mixture of other markers for the rest of the writing.
The journal is getting soooo thick now …. I have a job to hold it and I still have loads of pages to do!!! So much fun 🙂
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Jigsaw pieces, thick and thin lines, gesso and gel medium …
I had great fun drawing the thick and thin lines with my water colour pencils. I’m still considering giving it a wash to soften and blend it … but I can’t make up my mind … so I’m leaving it for now!
The jigsaw pieces weren’t meant to stick to the page!! I was trying to make a raised jigsaw outline, but I used a bit too much gesso and when I came to remove the pieces… they were stuck solid!! So I turned them into a collage instead and added some thick gel medium to create some great textured ridges in the pieces!
After I scanned the image of these pages into the computer, I created an A4 print of the coloured lines pages and printed it out.
I used this to cut up and make a sort of collage/mosaic fill for my traced hand. I coloured the background using a black water colour pencil.
I’m having so much fun with this journal and learning so many new techniques; but most importantly i am learning to be more experimental in my creativity.
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I took my camera out for a long overdue photo shoot the other day …. not the pretty picture kind mind you … more an up close and odd angles shoot!! This is a macro shot of one of the handles on my (rather rusty) wheelbarrow.
Then I started playing blended images …. a brick blended with a piece of angle iron ….
… a rusty tin blended with a sycamore seed …
… and late at night I managed to capture my first spiders web!
It took a bit of doing – I had to get my daughter to stand outside waving at the motion sensor on the security light … but I think it was worth it! I hope to get some better web pictures once we get some frosts later on!
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Losing, tearing and four letter words …. yes … I’ve been wrecking again! But I must confess …. I haven’t actually lost the “Lose this Page” yet …
… I just tore it out of the book and got it ready for losing, which of course involved writing messages on it and splattering paint all over it’s other side! I may add some writing on the painted side before I lose it [maybe the secret message to hide] but only the person who finds it will know for sure!!
When I first tore the strips on this page…
… they curled up and looked really pretty, but by the time I got round to scanning the page they’d got well and truly squished … much more wrecked looking!!
I thought I’d make my four letter words colourful …
… I used my nice new sharpies which look really great here … but they bled through several pages on either side … definitely journal wrecking! I’ll have to find ways to incorporate the back to front words into those pages … maybe rename the pages and call them the write backwards pages!! …. Keep watching 🙂
Yes! …. I finally got around to the burning page in my journal.
It was quite scary how fast the page burned … I had to use the coffee I’d made for the next page to douse the flames!
As I don’t drink coffee, I thought I’d add my own twist to this page … I made the coffee and spilt it over the page (and the rest of the book – it really is a multi sensory book now!!) then shook some coffee graunles onto the page and gave them a good stir with my fingers. Result … one very smelly, sticky page!!
While I was in the kitchen I thought I might as well do the tongue painting page!!
I used food colouring straight from the bottle …. quite a colourful result!! The journal is getting quite hard to close now …
… in more ways than one!! It’s so freeing and inspirational … and I’ve still got loads of blank pages!!
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