Loose Ends: Journal pages

Work:  Journal pages

Music:  Assorted Leonard Cohen and Applemusic radio using a Cohen song as the “base” for the songs it chose

Yesterday I had a day completely “alone” because DH has been away for work for two nights. In my upstairs studio I was working on some journal pages. I had added some paper to them, but still felt they needed more to be “finished.”  These were pages on which I had done initial backgrounds, and then added cut/ torn paper and deli paper I had mono-printed with acrylic paint (using a gelatin plate) with patterns or colors.  I felt that college layer still needed to be integrated with the background to make it feel like a unified creation and not just a few types of paper glued together.  To integrate them I used acrylic paint to shade pieces to create depth and add color intensity.  I also added some pieces cut from a magazine to the first of these three (the white dots on blue).


I think this is finished, except perhaps a coat of varnish.  It might be named Levels. I think the bottom layer was the yellow dots applied using a stencil.

I went through a stack of (mostly home decor) magazines and was cutting out words which I save in a box for future art use.  I also was looking for finishing touches for this piece.  I cut these from an advertisement for bedding, and so they have angles from the graphic bedcover on the bed going over the edge that really accent the illusion of depth.  I knew as soon as I set one “stripe” of dots on the surface that it would be a perfect accent.

The other two pieces I feel are still waiting for their “finishing” touches.  I may need to start a folder of pieces from magazines with texture and pattern on them–I felt like I was finding good examples that I could use almost like paint.  They were not objects to cut out, but stripes, or dots, or feathers from which I could cut shapes.  I left them in the magazines for now, and I guess need to decide if it would behoove me to start a folder of them, or if I should just leave them to find again next time I page through magazines for collage material.


Unfinished.  Bottom later was the I think teal blue on the white journal page, “stamping” using a plastic sink protector coated with acrylic paint using a brayer. White interlocking circles are monoprint with gelatin pad on deli paper, using a different sink protector for the pattern.


Unfinished.  Bottom layer either acrylic wash or watercolor, then white ink applied with a string dipped in the ink and dragged around.  Plum paper is a layered gelatin print, and orange is thin deli paper, also gelatin printed.  Adding shading to the plum and orange papers makes them seem in places that they are behind the blue paper, but it actually is a whole page in a mixed media notebook.



Yesterday was my 51st birthday, and I had a fun dinner with a couple of friends because DH is out of town for work.  Today I may go to the art supply store to buy myself a few supplies I need and something I don’t as a gift to myself!  I have been working on some unfinished pieces that I added some collage to using paper I had gelli-printed, but are still not “finished.”  Despite adding some more paint to them, they still don’t feel “finished” so I will keep working with them.  One piece I did finish is my first “found poetry,” which I have been thinking about trying for a few months.

“Found poetry” uses a published text as a base, and from there you select words from the text and circle them, making a poem out of the words available to you.  One thing I have already learned is that I am ambivalent about using fiction for this, because the author has chosen words carefully and it is hard to make a poem that does not end up as a summary of the text that’s there.  If the page is about a sunny day at the beach, it’s hard to make it have a different topic or to find unexpected imagery.  I will try a few different types of text though and see if I can find something that works better with MY creativity so I don’t feel as imprisoned by the text but can instead find something surprising in it.

IMG_0417After choosing the words by circling with pencil, I used unbleached titanium paint, which was similar to the color of paper from my source (an old book) and painted out the words that were NOT in the poem.  I used gel medium to adhere the book page to a A4 size gelatin mono-print page in my supply of studio paper.  I then experimented with adding some color to make the words stand out more and make the book page united with the patterned page.  I am happy with how that turned out.  Finally I used a couple of cards for mixed media art (Tim Holtz collection of “old” looking new things) to make a title.

I have found myself using blues and oranges a lot lately, and am still liking that combination.

I took the book from the bookshelf of my parents’ home (now my house–I bought the house and contents from my father).  The book is called “The Rise of Roscoe Paine” and I now feel guilty about using it in my art after reading on Amazon that “this scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original.”  “https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Roscoe-Paine-Joseph-Lincoln/dp/1419180657

Well, at least the reproduction is available if I ever decide I need the book as a whole piece of literature again…

This piece will probably end up in an art journal, though maybe I will frame and hang it temporarily.  Hmm….Maybe I could rotate a variety of found poetry in a frame in my living room.  If I consistently used an A4 size, and it was fairly easy to change, that might be an interesting way to display it.  Maybe a notebook with page protectors for the poems not currently on display?

Perhaps since I have only made ONE, I am getting ahead of myself…

First blog post

Apparently I am supposed to have an internet presence that shows my work and my thoughts in order to create a “brand.”  But for security reasons, I am not supposed to have an internet presence, or at least should keep any identifiable information secret. This is my attempt to do both of those things.  It is likely I will succeed in neither.