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teacher, traveler, photographer, political junky, smash and bash artist, grandmimi, mom, canine companion

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mixed Media Mayhem - Tribal Patterns

I enjoyed watching JournalArtista, http://www.journalartista.com/, Paula Phillips, work through her journal pages.  I was particularly inspired by her video,  Art Journaling Fast Forward 3 Bright Collage at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laO36tC_24Q#t=144.
I followed her example by spreading a blue acrylic with the credit card palette knife and stamping number 9 over a gessoed background. For papers to collage I looked through my Gelli stash and found some beautiful multi layered deli papers.  Then I went in a new direction.  Stamping on the Gelli papers gave me translucent images of tribal masks to cut and glue with gel medium, stenciling with Stazon insured vine images would adhere to the background. My clip art collection of West African images provided the round graphic which I printed on transparency.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mixed Media Mayhem - Beware the White Rabbit

When I was teaching in Xian, China, (#1 High School), I came across the bagged candy, White Rabbits, in the local supermarket.  Creamy, chewy, sweet, these taffy-like candies became my go-to treat.  When I came home, I was able to satisfy my craving finding them in import stores... until the Great Melamine Scandal.  No more to be found...then last week shopping in World Marketplace, I was happily reunited with these tiny joys.

To make this page, I inked the background with several colors of Ranger Inks using a cosmetic sponge and added texture with TCW stencils and some old rubber stamps of concentric circles.  I drew the rabbit trying to make him scary, not cute, and used fiber paste to give him fluff.  The text is stamped on deli paper.  When I glued the text down I forgot that the gel medium would reactivate the ink...