Tuesday 31 January 2017

Journal52 #3: Strange

I am amazed how quickly this page came together once I had decided on my quote for the prompt, 'strange' for week 3 of the Journal52 2017 art journal challenges.  I am still a week behind, but I refuse to be stressed out by this.  The full quote "I have a strange relationship with time.  I'm not aware of it passing." is by Daniel Day-Lewis and sums up perfectly how creating this page felt.  It took about an hour and a half from start to finish and I couldn't believe how the time seemed to fly by.

I started by die cutting and embossing all the Sprightly Sprocket dies by Spellbinders and both Clock dies by Marianne from Grunge paper and gluing them across my page using Mod Podge Matt Medium.  Once dry, I then painted over the whole page with Pebeo white gesso to create a textured background and dried the whole page with my heat tool.

For the next step, I chose four Distress paints: Dried Marigold, Carved Pumpkin, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo and daubed them over the page from the lighter colour on the left to the darkest on the right.  I used a paintbrush to blend the colours together and made a deliberate choice to leave the patches of white space at the bottom: a first for me! 

Once again, I dried off the whole page and then used the corresponding Distress crayons to add shadows around the die cuts and along the edges of the page, blending out with my fingers as I went.  The crayons blend beautifully over the distress paint; even better than they do over the inks.


I decided to add the quote using a mixture of stamping and the Dymo Letratag.  It was at this point that the decision was made to shorten the quote to 'I have a strange relationship with time'. 'Strange' and 'time' were stamped using the Worn Text alphabet designed by Tim Holtz using coffee archival ink.  I played around with the idea of turning some of the letters in the word strange upside down, but in the end decided against it; instead I kept the word 'time' completely straight as a contrast.
I added a little stamping using the clock face from the Time Machine stamp set by Kaisercraft in various shades of archival ink; Coffee, Monarch Orange and Venetian Orange as well as using a couple of the mini cogs in Coffee.  In the end though I chose to knock back the stamping by going over the top with some additional distress paint as I felt the contrast was too strong without.  I also blended some Cinnamon and Terracotta Big Brush markers around the outside of the 'I have a' and 'relationship with' quote sections.
I'm also entering this into the Love to Create Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes challenge.

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