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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!

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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.

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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.

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I have several ideas for final steps, and I am worried about spoiling it, which can happen, even though a person shouldn’t think that way. So to calm my fears, I’ll post this near-final version of “She Asked My Advice.”

When the final version is ready, I’ll post it and also identify the fellow artist who sent me the material in the left border.

Original is about 9 by 11 inches, my big visual journal.

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“A riot of color” was my plan for a 7″ by 10″ painting in my visual journal. It’s got acrylic paints and glaze; a spritz of alcohol; some crayon rubbing; white paint pen; and a large cast of felt tip markers. Lots of pointillism with white pen and fine tip markers; and I wouldn’t object to more.

There are some spots where the color combinations just don’t work [I tried not to scan those], but on the whole I created something I really like. It’s gaudy, lively, and complicated. Here are three out-takes from “A Riot of Color,” with narrow borders added.

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I tried the art strategy where you paint a background and look for an image in it to bring forward. In this case it was a kneeling woman. Later the same day, I received a mail-art postcard with a very interesting head, so I added it to my drawing.

I was very pleased that I could isolate a proto-image to work with.The line defining her shoulder is an unfortunate one that I may collage over and address later. It makes my eyes hurt.

Craft acrylics, several brands of markers, charcoal pencil and pastels. Several blasts of workable fixative to prevent unplanned smearing.

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In my old quilting group, I was teased for my inclination toward so-called neutral colors. I haven’t worked that much with blacks and tans lately, but a big striped shopping bag from Designer Shoe Warehouse came into the house recently and begged to be cut up and used.

This piece reminded me that when you are working with multiple media, the order of operations matters. The monoprinted layer went down first and produced  interesting blotches.  I hated to cover them up.

Another thing I remembered is that I like little collections of vertical marks. I like making them and I like looking at them, too. You’ll have to click on the image to really see them. I could make more ….

I might make another piece like this and work harder on the composition. It was a really big shopping bag: There’s lots of striped paper.

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