"Life isn't about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself" and "dream". Those were two phrases that popped into my head after I made the silhouette lady and put a pair of butterfly wings on her back. This journal page was a pleasure to make and was also a learning experience for me with a couple of techniques.
It started with me cutting my own stencil from a scrap piece of cardboard. I inked her edges on a piece of scrap paper should I want a reverse stencil of the image. (I'd just cut the inside edges of her silhouette on the scrap paper).
The blue Gelli Plate print that I distressed inked her onto was designed with using lots of strips of yellow and orange painted tissue paper in a grid-like pattern. Some of the strips had orange flowers in their design. I used ModPodge to secure the strips down to the paper. Did you notice that orangish corrugated strip on the right side of the page? Can you guess what it is? If you were to say this wonderfully textured strip came out of an empty Christmas ribbon candy box, then you'd be correct. It was a leftover scrap I used when I was making my Gelli Plate prints. It makes really great lines when used in paint and pressed onto paper during the Gelli Plate printing process. So do the individual wrappers on candy, like a Reese's peanut butter cup (regular size or mini). Just press the side of the wrapper that didn't face in towards the candy in paint and press onto your print. It results in a fan like pattern of lines.
At first I thought I was applying rub on lettering with this sheet but after rubbing for a few minutes and nothing was happening, I realized that it was simply a print on clear parchment-like paper. So, I cut it out of the sheet it was in and ModPodged it on. The edges blend into the squared-off look of the tissue paper strips.
As mentioned before, the butterfly wings were placed on her back. It just seemed to be what needed to be designed with the papers I was working with. I liked it a lot and this is what made me think of the transformation theme of this sheet. In the pic above I see a bunch of different designs in the background. That is the wonder of Gelli Plate printing.
Here is a close up of one of the tissue paper's designed with orange flowers. They were stenciled on using tiny little flower cutouts. This image is so sharp it caught the inner circle of the flower. Such great detail.
To see the word "dream" traditionally, I have turned the page sideways. I love how the flow of this word stretches upwards on the page when holding it in the journal book upright. In a matching colored marker I signed and dated my page. Before I punched holes in it for the ring binder type journal I plan to make, I took all these photos for this blog. One day, you'll see this again when I post the completed journal. For now, there's my journal page for 1-14-16.
Thanks for reading my blog.
Jennifer Quilty, owner Tamm's Marketplace
Here's my latest canvas art creation made exclusively for "Evelyn's 50th Birthday" and should be filed in the category of Mixed Media. Why? Because it was created with all kinds of mediums such as acrylic paints, alcohol inks, oil and water based pens, markers, modeling pastes, gels and creams, pearl mica flake, rubber stamps, embossing powders, stencils, doilies, scrapbook papers, paper towel scraps and glitter. You can see them all in detail in the following close-up photos.
Besides loving butterflies and the color of red, I knew Evelyn liked to dance. So I used music sheets from Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, specifically the section "Simple Gifts". To me, butterflies are simple gifts. I heard she also liked rubies (her birthstone) so I put some ruby jewels on the two large cut-out butterfly bodies. The more details I collected about the person this art piece was for, the more I could tailor it to her.
Each of the green leaves are hand painted to add more dimension to their already raised look. To get this green aged patina result, I used white modeling paste with a stencil, waited for it to dry completely and then brush painted each with green alcohol ink and Perfect Pearls.
The silver embossing powder on the red modeling gel in the upper right corner of the flowers above was bubbly after a heat gun was applied. This effect leaves the stencil area puffy and can be pushed in with your finger if wanted for a crushed look. I left them puffy.
Can you see that I used a section of a scrap piece of paper towel in the pic above? It makes a great textured look on any canvas.
Doilies also add great texture to your mixed media artwork. I used them for flowers after I painted them up a bit with alcohol inks, markers and Sharpie oil pens. Next to them, if you can see it, is a photograph of a pink chrysanthemum (upper right corner). That was a scrap from a card I had received years ago and have been saving it for something just like this. It fit in so well, I had to use it.
This is the kind of art you can look at and continue to see new things in it as you study it.
The back of the canvas is important to finish and what better way to do it than to add the information about the music chosen for it? Plus a hanger making it ready to hang.
I hope you enjoyed this mixed media blog. I am already working on my next project and will be sure to post some pics of it soon. Now that I know Evelyn has received her birthday gift, I can share it with you.