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In the mail I received some interesting collage fodder from my correspondent in Belarus. I was inspired to make a collage book aka junk journal aka gluebook for her. I used her shocking pink envelope for one of the pages.

Since I haven’t mailed it yet, I will just post a little glimpse here today. The whole book is 3 folios plus a cover made from another brilliant friend’s paste paper. Click on the images for better color.

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I used material from a copy of Art in America, a New York Times style issue, an illustrated children’s book of the natural world from the early 1960s, a postcard from my collection, and some scrapbook paper. And some Halloween stickers.

The stickers were designed to be creepy or scary, but I think they are just cool. This is not a Halloween book — it is a coincidence that the word “spirits” appears in the title.

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The rest is coloring and ink work. I had so many nice blues, and white gel pen is always striking when it’s flowing as it should.
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Beautiful Mail

From Belarus. I’ve rotated the image so that you can inspect the stamp more closely.
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The Gaze

It’s nice when handsome young men smile at you, even though you are getting older by the minute. I wrote a spell on this page (first in a foreign language and then encoded from that), and we will see what happens.
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This was my first opportunity to use the gelatos my sister gave me for my birthday. Also the wrapping paper.

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I have several old workbooks of experiments, paste-downs and cutouts, including a few but not many finished pages that I like. I have started to mine them for postcards, larger collages in new journals, or other purposes. Today I need a thank-you card.

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It feels liberating to re-use this material instead of letting it pile up all cobwebby.

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Layers

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All I knew when I started this card was that it would have five or six layers, which it does. They are cumulative, so the left end of the card is thicker than the right.

I first heard of layering like this as an add-and-pass-on kind of project, with each participant adding a smaller layer. I didn’t have the patience, though.

Gel pen work partly pulls it together.

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Some time ago, I made a 2-page spread in my visual journal that was entirely pen scribbles, with just a little crayon embellishment here and there. I thought I posted that spread, but maybe not.

This morning I was seized with the urge to provide a focal point on one-half of the spread, to see if I liked it better than the plain scribbles. I don’t know the answer, but it was an interesting experiment.

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What I’m pretty sure I like is the suggestion of a pale egg shape with a yolk outlined in green. I don’t like the stamped spirals in the corners. The yellow green frame was fine just the way it was.

I do like to scribble.

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