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Friday, October 10, 2014

Mixed Media Mayhem - She Walks in Beauty

I was so excited to see the sparkly iridescent effects from Pebeo acrylics...had to order them right away on Amazon Prime for instant gratification.  Used them to print a background then the decision- what next?  I had been cutting out profiles and making foam stamps from images in People Magazine.  I embellished the stamps with marks to give texture and delineation and used a stencil and Gelli plate to add the features and scrolls.  When I was finished I saw night and beauty and recalled the poem I had recited in 10th grade poetry reading-- by Lord Byron

"SHE walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

   I don't really love this journal spread, but I wanted to share these paints.  They are delightful on the Gelli plate.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Mixed Media Mayhem - Don't Worry, Be Happy

A journal entry to remind myself of an important message.  I started with gesso and gelatos and added images with stencil from Crafters' Workshop.  I used Faber Castell markers to add and enhance color.

Mixed Media Mayhem - Burn Bright

Gelli printing artists know that one could pull prints all day trying masks and stencils to get unique images.  For this journal page I was inspired by a post by Julie Fei Fan Balzer (http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/) post.  I tore several random masks from deli paper leaving a stencil in the negative shape.  I used these to print orange and yellows on the page spread then I over printed with blue using a small circle stencil.  The shapes produced suggested necks, shoulders, and hair.  I copied two of my faces from my sketch book then lightly painted the faces in, drew and colored the eyes.  The orange and the bright eyes implied the text - Burn Bright

In the close-up pics you can see the background layering process.

Mixed Media Mayhem - Deep in the Forest

I submitted this journal page to Art Journal Journey for the October theme, Deep in the Forest. Printing of the Gelli plate with stencils from Crafters Workshop Aspen Trees and deli paper I ended up with several "rejects" to paste in my journal.