Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Week 2--Making Textured Papers and Journaling

I  am  rediscovering  art  materials  that  I  have,  but  haven't  used  in  a  while,  and  also  others  that  I've  never  used,  and  I  am  very  blissful  right  now!     Let  me start  out  by  showing  a  few  of  my  textured  papers   starting  with  this  one.   I  started  out--putting  an  acrylic  wash  on  very  heavy  cardstock   paper  (Golden  fluid  acrylic-- Aquamarine Blue--Great  color!)  It's  hard  to  see  the  texture,  but  if  you double  click  on  these,  you  can  see  it  better.

 
On  this  one  I  started  out  with   Golden's  Fiber  Paste--it's  almost  like  the  soft  molding  paste,  but  when  it's  dry,  it's  very  fibery  like  paper.  And  it's  very  flexible,  which  is  what  I  wanted  so  that  I  could  cut  it  up   for  collage.

I  used  a  plastic  stencil  for  the  vines  and  flowers.  This  is  just  so  easy  to  do--and  fun.   You  just  lay  down  your  stencil,  and  apply  an  even  layer  of  the  paste  over  it  with  a  palette  knife,  and  then  when  you  lift  it  up,  you  have  your  imprint.   And  the  bottom  right-hand  corner  was just  random  paste  that  I  spread  on  and  then  scribbled  in to...BUT...do  you  see  what  I  see??

Well,  I'll  tell  you  what  I  see--a  Bird--so  I  had  to  pull  it  out  (thanks  Mystele!)


And  the  rest  of  the  paper---well,  you  know  the  rest--just  have  fun  and  add  color,  pencil,  markers--whatever  you  want  until  you're  happy--


I'm  happy!!   I  also  decided  to  put  a  layer  of  Matte  Medium  over it  just  to  add  durability  when  I  use  it.  I  know  that  I'll  be  cutting  out  the  images  for  collage,  and  since  I've  never  done  this  before  with  Fiber  Paste--I  want  to  keep  it  strong.   But  I  have  to  say  that  the  paper  I  use  really  takes  a  licking,  but  keeps  on  ticking.   It  doesn't  matter  how  much water  I  apply,  it  remains  strong.  I  get  it  at  Staples  (office  supply  store)  and  it's  110 lb  weight.  But  you  could  use  watercolor  paper--or  anything  as  long  as  it's  durable.

And  look  at  these  papers--


Wonderful-Wonderful  texture!!   I'll  show  you  how  I  did  these  in  my  next  post.

Okay,  now  on  to  week 2  of  the  Strathmore  journal  workshop  with  Pam  Carriker.  What  she  had  us  do  is  define  and  shade  our  image  with  charcoal  and  over  that  add  oil  pastels--smudging  all  the  way.   Plus  a  little  journaling  and  covering  it  with  a  gesso  wash,  and  then  adding  a  little  more  of  the  oil  pastels.  I  think  the  toughest  thing  for  me  was  the  journaling  part.  I  never  journal  my  thoughts,  but  once  I  started,  I  couldn't  shut up  (kind  of  like  the  way  I  blog  : )

I've  never combined  the  2  together  (charcoal  and  oil  pastels),  but  wow,  do  I  love  the  results--I've  already  learned  something  new  from  journaling  that  I  probably  never  would   have  tried


LOVE  this  effect!

I'm  anxious  to  see  what  week  3  brings!

P.S.   The  Christmas  cookies  are  now  gone,  and    I  am  now  going  through  withdrawal!

54 comments:

*jean* said...

me too!! i love that you and i have the same stencil! i have done this technique using molding paste+golden fluid acrylic...then you get a colored relief from the stencil...but i think your results are fabulous and i am enjoying the class as well...your pages are beautiful!

*jean*

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

Beautiful !! Love that fiber paste, need to give that a try someday. And your journal pages turned out just fabulous. Just keep on talking (and explaining to us how you do things LOL), I don't mind ;-)

Lotus said...

Excellent post Diane!
I love what you did with the papers (for collage). Can't go out and buy fiber paste right now, but will keep it in mind.
Your journal pages are amazing! I love the depth you achieved using the charcoal shading! The colors are awesome too!
I love to use handwritten text as a background for my pages. Not so much journaling as just writing whatever my hand puts down...
I want to go try and make some textured papers now... : )

Tara said...

Love that picture with the birds! Am totally inspired, again. :) (My biscuits have almost gone but I'm gonna move straight onto banana bread so as to avoid withdrawal.)

Zondra Art said...

Beautiful work and pictures!
You're a great artist!
Kisses dear Diane.

Giggles said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the technique! Love the colors and how they pop!Really great post!

Dorthe said...

Fantastic Diane,
gorgeus colors,-and the coal and oil pastels, makes in your hands wonders and looks so beautifull, dear.
Hugs from here ,to you.
Dorthe

Heather said...

Step away from the cookies!!!!
These papers are sooooo cool. I love them! And I love your journal page. I am just beginning to take some journaling classes(as far a writing)right now. I am definatly not a writer. But now I just love to write in my journal. It is almost like a meditation.

kluless said...

These are so beautiful I don't know how you can bare to cut them up. Wow!

Lynn said...

It's fun to watch you bring so much out of a piece, yes I saw that bird hidden and come to life!
Keep having fun and thanks for sharing process and products.

Ophelia said...

Gosh!!! I love what you have done! I have to get back to the online workshop...jeez time flies! I'm so glad you shared what you have done!

Terri Kahrs said...

I think I'm going to have to buy some fiber paste, Diane! Thanks for turning me on to it. Love the fact that it's flexible and paperlike. AND, I adore your pages! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Great stuff Diane! You're so lucky to be taking that class! Your work is beautiful! I've pre-ordered her book and I think it ships next month?
I have 3 or more online classes I'd love to take right now but I can barely function and maintaining my blog these days has even fallen by the wayside. I feel so pathetic!
Thanks for inspiring me as always!!
Happy New Year!
Darla

Betzie said...

Love all of these pics Diane...great ideas! I haven't tried that fiber paste...how neat! The colors you did in the pinks and blues were sooo pretty and soft..my favorite colors. Really neat journal pages. I'm not following along with anyone but will come here to get new ideas. :)

Janet Ghio said...

Yummy papers!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the combination of colors, too! The first few look very dreamy! And I love your journal pages! Beautiful! ♥

Bren said...

I'm with you the combo of charcoal & oil pastels is so old world, wonderful. Love the rich depths of colours and textures in your art journal spreads and great info on the fibre paste

Tina Eudora said...

Beautiful work Diane! I had never tried Fiber Paste before but I love what you did with it. And the deep, rich colors are wonderful, my favorites. I can hardly wait to see the next post!
Tina xo

roc said...

love your journal pages! great job!

Gloria said...

Great work Diane. I love the techniques. How fun that you are getting ideas from Mystele. I remember her from before she started her classes. I love her work. Have a great day tomorrow.

Manon Doyle said...

Great ideas and techniques!! your journal pages look awesome!!

Kelly Berkey said...

I so have to play and make paper like you! It's beautiful. Fiber paste is one of my new favs.

Ok, I begged darling hubby for some pie on Sunday night and got it! I had made him freeze it because I have no will power. Oh, it was soooooo good.

But now I want some cookies!! xo to you!

Andrea said...

Beautiful paper!!

Rina said...

Beautiful stuff Diane!

Uniquely Myself said...

I have fiber paste sitting on my work table - you have inspired me to something with it. Thanks. Love your blog.

Anonymous said...

I love your art! I love reading your blog, showing us how, and just looking! Thanks!

Janny said...

Happy to vist again and see your beautiful work again;o)

Theresa said...

I've got to come back and catch up on your blog later D! Am in a rush to complete a sketchbook and trying to limit my computer time, but love, love your art!
P.S. When I tried to join the Strathmore journal freebie, got a message that it was by invitation only:(

Juls said...

wow I am just blown away by your art work...this is just amazing!!! I love the textures and the colours, thank you so much for the inspiration! Hugs Juls

Healing Woman said...

You are so smart to get these papers ready for your busy show times. I love that you show your progress and the materials you have used. Thanks so much..January withdrawls is common.

Buffy said...

Your journal pages are coming out beautifully! Love how you pulled the birds out. Very cool. And those other papers are beautiful,I just want to touch them. Sorry your cookies are gone!LOL

Marilyn Rock said...

Oh; I love your papers - gorgeous texture and color! You're a magician! I haven't been able to keep up with Pam's Strathmore class; signed up for Misty Mawn's new one and it's keeping me very busy :) Thanks for sharing so much with us! xxoo

Teressa Thompson said...

Brilliant~ I don't have any of that but I've used a LOT of hardware store find to make texture and other goodies in my art. LOVE your blog, LOVE your ideas and LOVE your work!

Your pages for the class are beautiful!

jgr said...

These are beautiful!! I love the texture and oohh such great colors, thank you for the inspiration!

sharon said...

All so beautiful Diane, the colors you put together are amazing...and that paste is so cool! I have used molding paste to do the same....trying not to buy buy buy this year...ha, we'll see!

Emakesart said...

Love those papers!! Beautiful!!! And your journal pages are looking fantastic!! I'm signed up for the class too, but haven't had time to work in my journal yet...sigh...hopefully soon!

xoEsther

Brenda said...

Hi Diane, thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. Love, love, love your work! Haven't heard of the fiber paste so thanks for the heads up on that one. Have a great day.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Diane, these are beautiful beyond words. The first photo, the fiber paste, reminds me of delicate rice paper once it gets wet and torn. I love the effect.

And your journal is incredible. I can't believe everyone puts so much time into their journals. I'm really loving this. Guess i should call it the year of the journal. Thanks for all the inspiration and I'm off to look for fiber paste because I've never heard of it before.

Nancy said...

You are such an inspiration.....love these papers...the colors and the textures are wonderful.......thanks for sharing your techniques and what you use.....got to get some molding paste.....

Hugs

joyfulploys said...

Your papers and pages are lovely...You are doing such a great job! I'm going to have to try the fiber paste...it gives such a nice effect. Happy Journaling this year....you are off to a great start!!
Mary

Cathy Bueti said...

Hi Diane, love the colors and texture in these! Amazing as always! You constantly inspire me to try new things! :)

Gloria said...

They are beautiful Diane. Just wonderful Congrats on winning at Lisa's Blogiversary, yay for you!!

Blissful Pumpkin said...

Hi Diane, Congratulations on winning Lisa Lectura's give away. Go to her site if you have not already heard the news. Well done.
Kyles =D

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Ooooo, love these Diane! The papers, the charcoal and oil pastels! Beautiful beautiful! You always have the best inspiration, keep it comin sister. :)
Much Love,
Jenny

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

These are so beautiful, I especially love the journal pages! I too have always had a hard time with the journaling piece, and I love the way the words are there, but more as part of the art- gorgeous!
The first technique reminds me of one I've wanted to try using gesso as a resist under acrylics.
Can't wait to see the next installment!

Halle said...

The textured paper is stunning! Thanks for walking us through the process.

Sadie Inspired said...

Love! Beautiful texture with the top piece. I am "pulling" things out of the backgrounds too after spending some time with Myste. :) The journaling with Pam sounds wonderful too. Can't wait to see more.

Oh my goodness....the Christmas cookie thing is killing me. I am in some serious withdrawal. :)

barefoot muse said...

Thank you dear Diane. Especially for your lovely posts, and the sharing of techniques. Kudos. I adore your last piece. I've got to give it a try. I love to sketch, but it's allowing myself to let loose with the backgrounds that trip me up.
So I truly appreciate the inspiration, and how toooo's!!!!
xoxo

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Diane,
Gosh, I love all these pages!
Looks like heaps of fun had playing creative art.

I've a blog award for you on my blogspot if you'd like to play along in your spare time. lol
Hugs,
Anna

Diana said...

Your doing such beautiful work. Thanks for sharing. Always fun to see what your up to.

Dawn said...

wow, these pages are GORGEOUS!

ArtfulLee Designed said...

Oh so much eye candy. I love everything you have done here. What a transformation from blue and white to such a colourful painting. I love the texture on the next two papers, can;t wait to read your instructions.
I have watched Pam's class and just need the time to do it. Yours looks amazing.
Lee:)

Kathleen Marie Pequignot said...

I stumbled upon mixing charcoal with other media, and I really loved the results. Oil pastels are juicy and textural. Love your mixed-media creations! :)

Betty said...

Thank you for sharing! Glad to find your blog here!

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