My Latest Journal Addition…and coming clean

Over the past few months I have been adding black and white embellishments to my pages to give them a little structure, a little color can go a long way, and I find that pops of black gives the eye a place to rest. But it occurred to me this morning that I may be giving the wrong impression when I share my pages on social media.

Namely, that I can draw! …I Can’t!

Of course there are those lucky people out there that because sketching and drawing is like breathing will say ‘I just need to try harder’, but it’s really a matter of too much self criticism on my part. Oh, the Angst!

 And when there are super talented people out there creating beautiful illustrations, I say why not support them! This is a printable from Illustrated Faith’s “Print & Pray Shop“. All I did was put my printer on ‘Black and White’ and print it up on clear sticker paper. Easy peasy!

The other thing I need to come clean about is the fact that I don’t know how to do script writing, or any other decorative writing for that matter. If you look closely, you can see the sticker paper, so I fussy cut as much as I can to minimize the “taped” look.

 I made a few sheets of these by googling “positive words” and writing them in ‘Word’ with fonts I really liked, then printed them up on Avery 8665 clear sticker paper.

I have about 30 of these words to choose from in my arsenal now. Another benefit of having these words printed out is that I can move the word around the page to see where it will work the best before committing to where it will land. I’m not always very good at judging how big or small my writing should be to fit on the page or around an image.

It’s fun to choose a word that captures my feelings at the time I’m working on a page. Not quite journaling, but sometimes one word is sufficient.

So there you have it, I’ve come clean!

I put a few links in there to help you find a couple of my sources, I don’t get paid, just thought they’d help.

Gotta go now…lots to do!

Thank you for stopping in,

Have a great weekend,

~Patty

Painting Tape!

“Painting Tape”! Hmmm…sounds about as exciting as watching it dry. Well, I’m going to try to make it sound a little more interesting than that. I made some painted masking tape a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been having so much fun with it, I decided to make some more. And I thought I might as well snap some photos along the way to share in case you might be interested.

So, here we go…

Ingredients: wide masking tape, acrylic paint in your choice of color, gesso (or white paint), bubble wrap, and a plastic card or putty knife.

Here is the layering process.

I used my grandson’s finger painting tray for this, which was a great idea, this made it super easy clean up.

I went back over the tape with a darker shade of pink with my finger tip just to add a little more color. One of the nicest surprises was that you can see through the tape in spots.

Here is a finished page using some of the tape. I like to tear it off then slice it thin like washi tape…

…or use it as a background piece. The great thing about this is that you can make it in any color scheme you want. I just tape it to the plastic containers I use to keep my ephemera in and it’s always right there where I need it.

(You can see a little more about my art journaling organization here.)

So, there you go, my latest obsession.

I finally feel like I’m getting back into the swing of things with my art journals. I need to stop questioning why I like arranging small bits on paper and just get to it!

 

As always,

Thanks for the visit,

Have a great weekend,

~Patty