Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Medieval Trial and Error Journal

Remember when I posted about the cardboard dividers in the cases of cat food I buy? I posted about gesso'ing and painting them. Here are a couple pics:

Okay, now you remember! I use these pages to play and practice techniques, I'm not looking to create "works of Art" here. teehee, as if. I have had a very stressful couple of weeks with my health, leaking roof, full scale ANT attack, fender bender and all the repairs and insurance BS that entails, and I created a journal page that reflected my mood. Be afraid, be VERY afraid. teehee. I started with the gesso'd cardboard that I painted with stencils and glimmer mists:
I then tried and botched 2 transfers using the ink jet image printed on Apollo 7039 transparency and Golden's Soft Gel Medium technique. Venus isn't too bad, but she is very light. Either not enough gel medium or I didn't burnish enough, or I didn't wait long enough before lifting the transparency. The middle blob was definitely too much gel medium.

So in an effort to fix this mess, and because I was in the mood, finally to create, OH WAIT, there goes my EYE TWITCH!! Have you ever gotten that?? My right eye lid twitches like MAD!! I look like a crazed winker! Being an EYE CARE Professional, I can tell you for sure that if your eye lid TWITCHES like CRAZY you are STRESSED OUT Beyond Belief and it is imperative that you book a cruise immediately. teehee. Okay, back to reality.......I used Goldens Light Molding Paste thru a stencil and let it dry overnight. I used Caran D'ache sticks to color the paste. Then I outlined and highlighted areas with a charcoal pencil. I went over Venus with my lastest discovery/addiction, courtesy of Teesha Moore's site in which she talks about journaling, a Faber Castell Pitt brush pen. This baby writes over anything. It wrote over the waxy/oily Caran D'ache and the gel medium blobs. Oh yeah, I'm in love. The very Dark and Depressing Poem, courtesy of my Dark and Depressing Mind Set, is taken from, any guesses here,???? you guessed it "Wuthering Heights".

I think I like the page better before I did a damn thing too it. I hate when that happens. teehee. xoSusan


  1. Oh my Susan, all of these are simply stunning! Sorry to hear about your recent troubles and hope things are getting better in your world.

    Take Care - Robin

  2. What a beautiful mess you ended up with !Love that you just kept going, and going, and trying and trying...I know that's what's happening the the real life too...Also love that SSB humor throughout...
    Cruise booked yet ?
    Big love and good thoughts for you !

  3. Just want you to know that my right eye always twitches! Only thing is - I get seasick!!! So sorry to hear that that last few weeks have been a bummer. The sun is finally out and things will start looking up soon. Love both pieces!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

  4. hi susan! totally non-obligatory award for you on my site..... hope you're doing well- i found the dymo really handy lately! thanks again-

  5. Just came over from Mariannes blog---Holy Cow! Following and I shall return.....beautiful color EVERYWHERE!!! ♥♥♥