Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pages revisited


Remember these pages? They’re in my Donna Downey canvas journal. I did the background some time ago using Pan Pastels. It sat for a while as I’ve been collecting embellishments and frankly, doing a lot of other things. I’m much better at making backgrounds than finishing spreads. The tea bag envelopes are part of my collection from our Minnesota trip. I love the colors and matte texture of the Stash envelopes almost as we’ll as the tea!




Back from ‘Up North’


I’m back from two weeks in Minnesota and Iowa. Almost every summer when I was a kid, we would go ‘Up North’ from our farm in Iowa to a lake in Minnesota (or Canada) for a week of fishing and fun with my mom’s sister’s family and sometimes our grandparents and other family. We looked forward to it all year long. I haven’t been back for a fishing trip for several years, so it was great to get to spend 10 days on Wasson Lake, throwing bait around, eating and laughing. I took a Moleskine watercolor book that I had done some backgrounds in before I left. I usually don’t do much artwork on vacation. I have great intentions for making art that rarely materialize. This year was no exception. I seemed to slide almost immediately into a state of ennui brought on by oxygen-saturated September breezes and no vacation for four years.
I did manage to cut out a picture of some Northern pikes from the Minnesota fishing guide and do a little doodling on one spread. I took a lot of pictures, though, and amassed a large collection of STASH tea bag envelopes for future pages. I especially like this background. I sprayed Dylusions dyes over wet pages and the pooled dyes give the impression of the map of a coastline. Did a little gesso stenciling, too.



Not enough to do


I should probably be packing, or cleaning, or finishing some work, but instead I’m finishing a spread with a background I particularly like. It started with a paint wash over masking tape, then a darker paint wash around the edges, spray through stencils and some ‘drippage’, gesso through another stencil…I think that’s it. I rarely write these things down as I go, which is a pity considering my wretched memory. That sat for a while until I printed out the hand image and then it reminded me of juggling all the things I’m juggling right now and the rest came rolling right along. I need more practice with the India ink drippage. It’s a fantastic day here so I may do a bit more journaling out on the porch. It’s feeling distinctly like summer is over…