Here are some pages of the altered book I made earlier in the year. It was a funny little book in German, all about a family of cats from what a could make out. I tore out some pages, glued some together, and gessoed everything, leaving the cute line drawings. Then I added some collage elements, patterned papers, acrylic paints and stamps for backgrounds, and cardboard tags. It was a lot of fun to make - something very soothing about applying all that gesso! And have really enjoyed having somewhere to record my thoughts of the books I've read.
|The white stipes on this page was a fat chalk pain pen. VERY hard to write over. However I've since learnt from Jane Davenport's class on Supplies Me! that I could have used clear gesso over this element and that would allow me to write over. I'll try and remember that for next time!|
Here are some of the completed pages. I've used a variety of pens, but generally a plain old ball point pen, or a fine sharpie at a pinch seems to cope best with the painted backgrounds.
The textures I choose included some masking tape, old manuscript, the torn edge of a paper bag, tissue paper, and the reverse side of a torn piece of old envelope.
With gesso and one of the painted pages. Now off to add the finishing touches. I'll add more later when I have have more thoughts. So far am finding this process, being enrolled in a class, is motivating me to stop just looking at art, and actually do some!
Labels: art journal