The beginning of a Fabric Cone.
and some floral needlepoint.
than seeing your artwork published in a book?
Tonight I received my copy of L.K. Ludwig’s newly released book “Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media”.
As I began to turn page after page, soaking in the beautiful candy, I was taken back when I looked at a page, recognized it and then looked underneath the photo to see this:
artist: Marci Glenn
Oh sweet affirmation! Really, is there anything better than to be acknowledged as the person you knew you always were? Thank you L.K. for including my art in the same book with so many talented, fabulous, well-known artists!
In the March/April issue of Somerset Studio is a wonderful article “Blogstock Divas – Manifest Journaling” by Elizabeth Bunsen. The concept of manifest journaling drew me in and I have been pondering it for weeks now. I finally sat down at the art table and decided to try my hand at creating this background paper. I pulled out a sheet of 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press watercolor paper and followed the ideas from the article.
Above is layer one and two. For layer one I used liquid waterproof ink and a bamboo calligraphy pen to write loopy lettered words. I let that dry overnight. I then applied masking tape and drywall tape to create a grid like pattern on the paper. I painted yellow tinted gesso over the paper and tape and let that dry then peeled off the tapes. Notice the texture from the drywall tape. Very cool. Once this dried I replaced the tapes in a different pattern and then began to paint areas with Golden tube acrylics.
I then pulled out a selection of stamps, stencils and other oddities to stamp with using the Golden acrylics and StazOn ink. I also sprayed liquid watercolors to give the page a bit of a graffiti look. Once these layers had dried, I retaped areas and then pulled out the liquid ink and bamboo pen and wrote more loopy lettered words on top. I will be adding a bit of gold Luminiere paint to add some sparkle. I will art the backside of the paper in the same way and then cut/tear the sheets into smaller sheets to create a handmade journal. Click here to go to Background Pages – Part Two.
Last October I started my journey in artful recycling by creating a journal out of paper scrap that was in my recycle bin. The idea started when I saw Ingrid Dijkers recycled journal on her blog and challenged myself to do something similar. I pulled the journal out a few days ago and finished priming all the pages with gesso. Next was to paint the backgrounds. Here is what I have done so far.
These two pages are the back of a Kleenex box and a raisin box. I used some masking tape to mask different layers of paint. I love this look, it reminds me of graffiti.
This is the front side of a brown manilla envelope.
Here is the backside of that brown manila envelope.
Below is the front side of the half clock face. You can still see some of the numbers through the pain layers.
Here is the back of that clock face page.
These pages are now ready for collage, journaling and embellishments.
Keep it simple!
Oh boy, guess what I read last night? One of my very favorite journal artists, Kelly Kilmer is now offering a monthly on-line mixed media journal class called “A Prompt A Day”. Take a look at the class description on her blog.
As most of us have cut back our discretionary budget for art, taking an on-line class is a great idea and offers the opportunity to stay connected with the art community, learn some new techniques and make some new friends. Won’t you join me?