Wednesday, April 27, 2011

This Is Art!

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This is the first set of pages I have finished for this new circle journal group called Artistic Evolution. The journal itself has 3 sets of stepped pages that are one inch larger then the previous page. The idea behind the journal is to first evolve our art from the previous artist in some way. The second thing we have to do is to create art that goes "over the edge" like the workshop that we all attended with Ingrid Dijkers at the Florida retreat recently. (You can visit Ingrid's site by clicking on her name above and you can see the journal I completed from the retreat by clicking here. This set of pages is for Inge Bekeart from Belgium. Her first page had the quote by Picasso. "Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."I was originally going to pose the question...."If you could remain a child forever what would you do?" My answer was to create a candy factory like from the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I had the song playing through my head from the scene in the chocolate room and I was going to try and recreate some of the movie set. Unfortunately everything I did was not coming out like I saw it in my head and I was also not sure that Inge had seen the movie. So I trashed it all and started over using the 3 sets of artist stamps that I had recently purchased from Wendy Vecchi's site. 

If you want to see the movie scene that Gene Wilder sings the song "Pure Imagination" click here to view the video on YouTube. 

Below are the details of the pages.

1. The backgrounds are done on heavy watercolors paper using faux glimmer mists that I mixed using the following colors. For the lime green I used Peeled Paint Distress Ink and Blimey Limey mica powder from Lindy's Stamp Gang. For the aqua I used Broken China Distress Ink and Blue Raspberry Perfect Pearls mica powder. For the purple I used Dusty Concord Distress ink and Grape Fizz Perfect Pearls mica powder. (Note: Since the Dusty Concord is so dark I only used one dropper of ink instead of 2 like the recipe normally calls for.) 
2. Over the aqua part of the background I stamped with a dark teal acrylic paint using a crackled paint stamp that I have. (No idea who makes it.) 
3. On the purple and lime green areas I took some lavender and pale lime green acrylic paint and dabbed it on some sequin waste then used it as a stamp over both areas. I also dabbed some paint through the holes in a few areas too. 
4. The aqua flowers I traced from a stencil mask called Floral Elegance by Prima Marketing and then cut out with a swivel blade. I then sprayed some of the faux glimmer mist on the parts I wanted to show up darker against the already dark background colors. I also highlighted some of the splatters with a glaze gel pen. To make the swirls show up better I traced around them all with a black colored pencil and then feathered it out to make it look like a shadow.
5. The hand I found at The Graphics Fairy and I made it available on this mornings free downloads along with some pens, pen nibs, ink bottles and ink well. I colored it with some more colored pencils so it wasn't so stark looking. 
6. I stamped and heat embossed the "art" border stamp along the top and bottom where the swirls didn't cover the edge of the page. (The stamp is by Wendy Vecchi and can be found at Stampers Anonymous.)
"This is Art" and the saying on the other page are also from Wendy Vecchi.
7. To make the "Over the edge" technique on the right hand page I took the journal, which is already bound, and placed it in my die cut machine over one of Tim Holtz on the edge dies called Iron Gate. Once I rolled the journal through far enough to cut the page I pulled out the cutting pads and the die and pulled the journal back out the way I put it in. I stamped and heat embossed the iron gate shape with a stamp that looks like splatters in a lavender color.  I then set very tiny aqua eyelets in the top of each fleur-de-lis and wired beads onto the edge. 
8. The stuff behind the saying on the right hand page is a piece of lime green sequin waste that I cut up and glued down. 


Amy said...



you sure have my attention now.

bobbie said...


Juliet A said...

I love this! something about it really resonates with me.