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Daydream Believer

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Remember that song? I mean the old one, by the Monkees. πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ˜‰ 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!

 

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And another

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Journal page with a Daniel Torrente stamp and Dyan Reaveley Say It How It Is stamp. All the same as the previous page but some washi tape and watercolor crayons over, and a bit of journaling. Can't get a great photo but the colors are close.

 

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Gelli plate monoprinting has been all over the web lately. I don’t have one (yet) but I still have some gelatin so I mixed up a batch Friday night and spent much of the last two days making prints. I even used some of the prints I made last time as backgrounds. This journal spread has one of them on the right, with a silhouette a la Dina Wakely. It got a bit overwhelmed as I collaged the rest of the spread–being distracted by football–which led to the caption.
I now have a ton of mostly finished collages and backgrounds and as a bonus, I got some cool painted embellishments from the masks I used to make the prints. My gelatin ‘plate’ started to crack or I’d probably still be at it. I learn a lot every time I do this and it’s hard to mess up. You need a lot of drying space and that’s about the only ‘down side’. I suspect there’s a Gelli Plate in my future. πŸ˜‰

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Anything can be stamp

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I was doing some experimenting with Colorwash and Dylusions sprays together in my new art journal. I wet the pages first and then used yellow Dylusions and red and orange Colorwash, then heat set. Loved the look-so then what? I cut up some romaine lettuce for my lunch salad and was reminded what a great stamp the core makes. I used a little cobalt teal acrylic paint I had left on the palette–and I mean a little–and sponged it onto the core. I like how there’s contrast but it doesn’t dominate the spread. I got seriously carried away with the masking and washi tapes, though, and the whole spread became a kind of experiment.
I’m going to link this with the Art Journal Cafe challenge Anything Can Be a Stamp–what great timing!

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Toning it down

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Just so you don’t think everything I do is neon bright, here’s a spread I did on the day the Tour de France started. Just got the Paris washi tape from Cavallini & Co. I thought it needed a bit of contrast so I used some plain washi tape and Cavallini alphabet tape in French blue, of course. πŸ˜‰ more Cavallini stickers and a bit of shading to finish. And no, there aren’t enough spokes in the road bike wheel, I know, but I couldn’t bring myself to add more. I’m not the bike mechanic in the family!

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