A blank journal that has been sitting on my desk for some months. Something about cracking it open and just starting. Once I get going, I know it will be fine. The beginning is the hard part.
Dyan's Creative Journal from Ranger is big (might be a little intimidating for some) but the paper is wonderful and smooth. Over the course of an afternoon last week, I coated at least 6 double pages with Dina's Media White Gesso. I put on a nice thin coat with the plastic palette knife. Kinda soothing really. Good music playing, window open to let in a breeze...just me and the journal. Dina's gesso dries fast, but even so, I could continue to work on other things (that's how it is around here) while I waited for it to dry. Once a double page was dry, I could just move on to the next, and then repeat again and again. I think it's a lot easier to have the pages ready to go when an idea comes to mind.
Okay, I promise to stop talking about the darn gesso now and move on.
They have been sitting there for almost 3 weeks.
Lots of white and texture showing.
Love the paper with the handwriting. I'm always drawn to things that come from the past...evidence that someone lived before me I guess.
Just for me today.
Note: because the photos are taken horizontally you will need
to click on the pictures to see detail of the progression.
Tissue Wrap, old paper.
At this point I left it to dry.
I loved it at this point. Could have closed the book and been done. But I decided I should push forward.
So, I picked the Found Relative, a group of brothers and sisters. I added matte finish contact paper over the top of the photo.
I added my new relatives to the page.
I also added a bit of scalloped paper underneath so they don't look like they are floating on the page.
This shows the same pictures with the addition of the Spritzer tool/Walnut Stain Distress Marker.
Because the photo of the children is protected with the plastic contact paper, any over spray is easily wiped away with your finger tip.
I love the freedom to try new ideas on the pages of this book. Funny, now I can't stop thinking about what to do next. I do know I'm going to try Wendy's Crackle Embossing paste to see what it will do on flexible paper. And I need to practice my writing. Testing and experimenting, that's what it's all about, right?
now carry on,