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Here we are again


Going to put up some work that’s been ongoing and newer stuff, just to see whether I keep at it. I may mix in other things. Life changes.
022B523A-A920-4B6C-A278-34FE9E60BD72Have been working on these for ages. This is what they looked like last June. The center and right ones are probably done. The left one? Not so much.

Lesson 1 for Text and Image class


I'm finally getting around to posting the two pieces i finished for Jane Davies' text and image online class. I thought I'd get more done but too many things going on and I'm not thrilled with the text I've collected. I probably need to collect a better class of junk mail. 🙂 Anyway, here are the two pieces I've done:


I had a good time working on blending the image into the background. It was very restful, which is strange because I usually fuss over that sort of thing.

I did a little more with this background because I thought the image was strong enough that it would still dominate.

I'll definitely play around more with this lesson when I get a chance.


Daydream Believer


Remember that song? I mean the old one, by the Monkees. 😉 This spread in my Moleskine journal started as several waste strips from a Tim Hotz alpha die from different papers: a map, an old dictionary page, and Coredinations paper. Glued those down with Collage Pauge and painted over with matte acrylics mixed with gesso. I did some really light stamping with black Archival and a text stamp and wondered what to do next. 😉 I noticed some Ranger glossy cardstock I hadn't used yet and decided to do something I haven't done in ages: use a photo stamp. First, though, I wanted to try some techniques that were the reason I bought that cardstock in the first place. I got out some alcohol inks and the alcohol (70%, the non-drinking kind) and played around. I used two regular colors of Adirondack and the silver metallic. I had too much silver to start and had to work a bit to move it out of the center. I used the rubbing alcohol to create lighter areas, splats and splotches. I kept working it until I was happy with the look, even using white Dylusions spray and wiping it off at one point to mute the brightness some. Then I got out the brayer and the black Archival. I think this might be a stamp by Elements but I have no idea. It's one of the last photo stamps I bought, years ago, at Ruby Dog's Art House in Vancouver. I remember when photo stamps were the rage and going through piles of glossy cardstock trying to get a perfect stamped image. Gah. This is good enough. What looks like white is silver; that's glare.

I put some washi tape down first as a sort of frame and stuck the photo down with foam tape. Then I added the quote–found on Pinterest–using letters from that Tim Holtz alphabet die. I finished off by rubbing some black Archival around the photo and on and around the edges of the pages. It really makes pages more dimensional so don't skip it!