Art Challenge: Modeling Paste
Journal Prompt: Rising to the Occasion
The beauty of art journaling is in the opportunity to work out my ideas and feelings concretely while protecting my vulnerability. I can vent and celebrate but do not have to explicitly express these intimacies. My journal entry tells my story, but only to myself. I have the genuine key to the secret diary, but I can invite others to look for their own meaning.
I was really inspired by this challenge - texture - modeling paste. I have been in a whirlwind of art making. Bins of paper everywhere. I am determined to use what's at hand and make this part of my problem solving. I had some beautiful deli paper left over from a printing session. I was excited about the color, the crinkle, and the translucency.
I also have drawers and bins of alphabet stamps, stencils, masks, grungeboard, and lazer cuts. I used a sheet where after punching out the letters, I could use the leftover as a stencil.
I glued the letters and numbers randomly to the background, then used the stencil first to spray dylusions and then, to apply a layer of modeling/molding paste.
To add variety while sticking to the theme, I used some of my large lettering stencils choosing the "A" for "above." I was able to use the stencil two ways, first as a stencil, then as an image.
To extend the graphic and the message, I used punched letters to spell "above," traced them with graphite pencil.
To set off the square stencil I added tiny copper brads to attach it to the background.
To make the message more explicit I stamped "Seek Clarity" on a piece of Braille paper.
Now I have the composition to tell my story.