Finally transformed this journal page into something I can live with. Below a few posts back I was working my way to this place. The nice thing you can always add a new layer, paint over something, change it, play with it until you can live with it, or like it. (After all this page is in my keep it "simple" journal!)
Busy........I am back, and I am in redecorate mode. I have sofa head, I have been researching and hunting for that perfect sofa to anchor and start the transformation of our living room. For the moment the hunt continues, for now I am journaling about my room ideas.
1. I want our home/nest to feel like we are on vacation.........
Spring is here and flowers are blooming. I love this time of year, all the green, new growth and change. I love flowers, they pop up in my art often.
Tissue paper as a first layer, I like the transparency, great to create over. I have found this fabulous glue for paper, it buckles very little, Perfect Paper Adhesive - Matte. It works beautifully for layering tissue paper, just be gentle with your brush. I also use Matte Medium depending on what I am doing but the perfect paper is my current fave for journaling.
When to stop, this page is still evolving , not finished yet.......
still in progress.....finishing this later......
I decided I "did not" like the orange at the top, over it with Titanium White, now it is finished, I can turn the page.
I started a new journal this week. I used a spiral bound journal, less precious and I can always tear out a page! This is a journal for days when I have just a little time and just want to play around a bit. A simpler journal, I need simple at the moment. A place I can be free to just glue a few things down, color and doodle, write thoughts, goals and inspirations. Allowing myself to create simple pages makes me feel less inhibited and fuels my creative flow.
That little stitched piece.......
I taped it down for the moment but I may end up stitching it to the page, (the tape does not want to hold to the fabric!).
Lately I have been enjoying fabric and thread. New for me as I have focused more on painting, collaging, drawing and doodling and I must say I have enjoyed the process.
Finished! Stage two is to stitch this into the front of a new journal I am starting.... I will give it a good ironing first!
Stitching became fun when I finally discovered the best stitches to use for my little project. My first attempt truly was a sad thing in comparison. (Plus it doesn't help that I have sweaty hands!) Thank heaven for Doodle-Stitching, Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners by Aimee Ray. A great book for beginners like me who do not know how to stitch! How to photo's illustrate each stitch, a fabulous resource for getting started and creating your own designs. Plus the Aimee's projects are whimsical, playful and inspiring. I definitely will be doing more stitching, easy project to take in the car.
PS - I also just spotted that Aimee had will be releasing a second book later in 2010! I cannot comment on it yet, but I must say the cover looks very fun.
I am getting ready to start a new journal. I had the idea to stitch my name, maybe do some doodle stitching, a bird, a swirl, or something else, then, sew it into my front journal page.
I have all this fabric and embroidery thread in baskets on our floor and it keeps inspiring me to play with fabric at the moment. I am just starting to stitch this little project so.....be back very soon with more.
I started stitching my name and it went way off track, not my favorite so I am beginning another!
I am truly a stitching novice, perseverance and patience!