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Just Paint

Postcards for a swap on that theme: “just paint.”

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A Monochrome Experiment

My eye thinks that I knit the disparate parts together pretty well. Your eye may differ.

This page and the page below have worn me out for working on a full-sized journal page. I’m going to do index cards for a few days!

Windows, or The Gawky Child

I had a journal page that was pretty unattractive, yet I liked it a little bit. Recalling an earlier success, I painted out a lot of it with metallic black, creating eight windows.

I put eight little abstract scraps in the windows and scuffed up the black paint with some scratches and finger-painting. I really like finger-painting. I’m working with craft-quality paints, so it’s entertaining to watch some of the under-painting come through the dots that I made with white paint.

If I had thought of it sooner, I would have lifted off some black paint before it dried. Regardless, I like the play of light over the surface now. The gawky child is now peculiar in an interesting way.

I Cleaned My Desktop

When I finished, there were still a few tiny scraps left in the workspace. So I made something with them.

Or try it this way, right side up.

Trees, 2

Acrylic paint applied with a pencil eraser; water color background stitched onto handmade paper (not handmade by me.)

Trees, 1

The first of two postcards for a swap on the theme of trees. I painted the leaves on a book page, applying acrylics with a pencil eraser or a finger tip. It was only yesterday, but I’ve forgotten which….. I cut out the foliage and glued it on a painted background.

“Like a tree standing by the water, we shall not be moved.”

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All New Stuff

My old computer has lost its ability to reach the Internet so, suspecting it is approaching total failure, I bought a new laptop. There are many devices and programs to move or replace, I have to relearn the use of a Touchpad, and it’s not going to be pretty. But I’ll persevere.

I used the limited tools I have right now to scan and upload a visual journal page I made this summer. I like to make colorful all-over patterned pages but they often lack a focus. Painting them out, leaving a few glowing windows, seems to create that focus.

All kinds of media on the bottom layer; metallic black craft paint on the top; and a lot of scratching into the black paint with toothpicks, pins and other pointy things. “Metallic black” is a lively paint.

I’m pretty sure this idea comes from Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow Arts.