To start, I took the other half of the scrap paper that I had auditioned but did not use for my last spread of pages and added it to the right side of my new spread. I began like this below, adding watercolor crayon marks to it . . .
I stopped working at this point and let my newly re-worked page dry. I slept!
My good friend Frieda who lives in Scotland recently had a pea-hen visit her, the female version of a peacock, seen at the top of this post. She took lots of photos and shared some, which I saved to my computer. I think this bird is stunning! I asked Frieda if it would be alright to use a photo of this bird (that Frieda took) in my art journal sometime and she said, "of course please feel free to use any of my photos whenever you want to!! I'd love to see what you do with them." -oh how generous and delightful! Here on Blipfoto, in Frieda's journal, you can see one of the last photos Frieda took of the visiting pea-hen. And below, you will see how I added photos to my art journal. I printed one of Frieda's photos onto a transparency and spread gel medium on smoothly for an image transfer.
I placed the transparency in my journal on top of the second scrap page . . .
I rubbed the transparency and then waited a bit . . .
voila'! It worked, taking this scrap paper in a different direction.
I tried another, this time a self portrait of her shadow that Frieda took walking the railway road near her home. with more gel medium I was ready to transfer . . .
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Below you see the image transfer of the pea-hen on the right. On the left there is a plain transparency (not a transfer) of the bird. I printed the image on to a transparency and used my xyron to place the bird on the left in my journal. Underneath that bird on the left, is the transfer of Frieda's shadow, but I also placed a transparency of the same image on top of the transfer. Hope that is not too confusing. The transfer of the image was not as clear as I would have liked it so I pumped it up by placing a transparency over it - a creative recovery!
I have sprayed more watered down paint on top, but it was not enough
so I added watercolor crayons, in orange -see below.
When I wet the crayons, I also added a bit of Perfect Pearls mist in blue, like the bird!
I added rubber stamping - Frieda and I both use stamps . . . I like the way Frieda's shadow is taking photos. It is like she is taking photos of the pea-hen, even though that was really at another time.
I wrote in by hand, a page about Frieda . . .
I like this stamp I used so I thought I would share a detail of it. It says something like, "There is a time in ones life for sending messages. Get out the notepad, a witty note or hand written message will do. The receiver will love it ......" Frieda and I write a lot of email messages and handwritten ones too, so I was just so happy to lay my hand on this stamp while creating this spread! Thank you Frieda, for your photos and inspiration!!
Lenna is a mixed media artist who art journals and plays with paint, paper & ink. She’s passionate about creative expression. “Everyone can benefit from doing a few simple creative things, as often as possible!”