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Monday, December 29, 2014

Mixed Media Mayhem - Koffee Klatch

This journal entry represents the jagged edge that I get from my daily dose of coffee... that tattered, hyper feeling I get from one too many cups.

What do you get from a pile of Restoration Hardware catalogues?  Hundreds of images of texture.  What is my favorite technique for using magazine images?  Gel medium transfers.  Images of rugs, drapes, upholstery laid face down on the wet medium and peeled off before completely dry give a gronky background spread over two pages. 

 I liked the rough, textured results so I added another transferred layer of faces from People Magazine.  On my way to somewhere.  

A theme developing.   

Dangerously near my daughter’s home in Studio City, Ca, sits an inviting Paper Source store.  I walk past it every time I walk the dog or go to Starbucks.  I can’t resist their paper.  One of my recent purchases included Tea Cups Wrapping Paper…

beautiful enough to frame.  I cut out several repeats of the cups, adhered them to my textured spread, and added my own marks to them to own them.

The idea of tea seemed too placid to go with the expressions on the faces on my page, but coffee definitely had the possible impact.  I Googled for images related to coffee including the chemical makeup, the botanical, and various health reports.  To place all these pics on the pages while preserving the background, I printed them on transparency, then cut and glued them with medium.  

Finding the right snippet of words finishes off the spread,

  A peak at my work space with the invaluable Ranger Craft Mat.


  1. Brilliant page Linda! It looks sensational!

  2. Truly brilliant and revved up for sure!! I love that gronky look you achieve! Great spread Linda!

  3. What a fun art journal entry. I loved that you used old catalogs from one of my favorite places.

  4. Truly inspiring, have a tons of cataloques laying around, waiting to be used, now I have a technique how to, thx.