I was supposed to work with fabric today. I got distracted with a book and, as usual, with the internet. Tomorrow. I don?t feel like getting everything together now. I have a whole list of things to do a little bit of tomorrow. It?s a Rule that you should do, on the first of the year, whatever you hope that you will continue to do all year long. Hmm. Perhaps I should cross off vacuuming.
I was at Times Square one New Year?s Eve years and years ago. I didn?t go there specifically but had cut through it to get from 57th Street to Penn Station at about 12:15ish am. I never saw so many people in one place. It was frightening. The police were on these GIANT horses weaving among the crowd. My friends and I retreated to 6th Avenue and continued to walk. We were the only ones there.
Happy, healthy New Year.
An exciting episode straight out of my life: Sunday night I ate the last of the grapes – no more fruit in the house. I didn?t want to go to Costco on Monday for a lot of silly reasons which I?m to embarrassed to mention so instead I went to the little fruit market when I went out to get coffee and bought three Golden Delicious apples. I only needed two – one for desert at lunch and one for the same reason at dinner. But, you know, what happens if I get the munchies in the middle of the night? I might starve to death so that?s why I brought home three.
Yes, they are/were very pretty Golden Delicious apples. And, yes, I did take ?some? artistic license while drawing them. ?3 Apples? was drawn on Sheer Heaven with Caran d?Ache watercolor pencils and then transferred to the unpainted page with 70% alcohol. I transferred each apple separately for ease of manageability. That is exactly how they transferred, I didn?t touch them up at all. Whether I should have is another issue. Then acrylic and guache, stamping, Pitt pen and a teensy bit of collage. By the way, the pencil (not the paint) bled through to the blank Moleskine sketch page behind the images. That doesn?t matter to me at all. I?m not concerning myself with things like that with this journaling process. It will get incorporated or covered up when I get to the affected pages. I skipped ahead in the book to do this spread because I discovered something when I was doing the next one (which I did first). Stay tuned.
The drawing in the second spread (done first) was again done on Sheer Heaven but using Caran d?Ache Watersoluble crayons. Then acrylic paint, guache, stamping and Pitt pen. The lesson I learned: the transfer alcohol seeped through the page, which it does, and made the acrylic paint on the previous page gummy and also managed to make the one previous to that also gummy. This resulted in bits of previous pages sticking to each other which was not nice but not a disaster either. I stuck wax paper between those pages, they dried and the disruption was very small and fixable. Next time I have those colors out I?ll tend to them. Another thing I noticed. This mini Moleskine Sketch is having a harder time handling the painted pages – It seems to be affecting the binding whereas this doesn?t happen in the larger ones. I wonder if this is just this particular book or if it is because it is so small. Again, I don?t care. I like this little one a lot and I?m enjoying myself. If it falls apart, well, that?s what rubber bands are for.
I?m on a bird kick apparently. ?Checkerbirds? is acrylic paint. Originally the birds were transfers but were kind of washed out so I just overpainted with my favorite – black gesso. I collaged some bits from a discarded printout I was experimenting with and pencil scribbled.
So as not to waste any paint I worked on the mini journal at the same time and, tracing some birds onto sheer heaven with the Pitt brush and then using Caran d?ache watercolor pencils, found out how nicely the pencils transfer with the alcohol. The colors, which had just been scribbled on in layers, blended during the transfer process. Then I painted around the shapes with the leftover acrylic paint.
Inspired by someone I know, I cut out some stamps representing the city and country. It seems some people actually have the energy to leave the city on Friday evening and then returning on Monday morning (or Sunday night). It exhausts me just to think of it. Seems like you end up doing laundry in two locations. Grocery shopping twice. Running out of toothpaste and then running out again. And, I won?t even mention dust bunnies. Phew. I have to take a nap. Thus ?Migration?. Acrylic paint and stamping.
And, finally, to again use up paint, ?City Bird?. In reality I did this first because I wanted to see how the stamp would print. It?s a little chaotic but that?s how the city is during this holiday. Loads of tourists everywhere you turn. Noise, crowding, no sense of personal space – in fact, you have to leave your personal space home and take a deep breath and go with the flow.
“Bottles” was a repeat of a previous image. I had an extra printed sheer heaven – the text had not been reversed in this one so I had to reprint for the older spread. I just cut out the drawing for this and transferred it into the mini Moleskine. I painted with the gauche and collaged some painted tracing paper bits. I don’t like this gauche very much but I do love the vibrant colors. It doesn’t seem to rewet so I can only put out what I’m going to use. That’s why the same colors will show up on other spreads – just using up the paint
The next spread, “Old Man”, also in the mini, used a transfer of a repeat image that I had already printed on Sheer Heaven. Black gesso and stamping.
I don’t know what got into me. For “123” I used guache, gesso, guache painted tracing paper, tissue paper with gesso stenciled numbers and stamping. I don’t like using matte medium but I thought I might as well see what would happen if I used it in this book. It works fine on painted tracing paper but because I was having a very stupid moment and rubbed it on the back of the fragile tissue it just reinforced my dislike of the medium. Despite the rips and tears it left a nice surface but I think I’ll stick to UHU.
I take pictures of anything that is painted/stenciled on pavement. In the next spread (mini Moleskine) I transferred some parking garage arrows. It was kind of wishy-washy because my printer was running out of ink so I painted over them with gesso.
The next two spreads were done with bird stamps made out of fun foam. Both have Pan Pastels as a background. When I was out walking the sunset had red, orange and yellow streaks so I decided to make “House Sparrow” nice and bright.
The last spread “Nevermore” turned out very differently from what I had planned. I used Pan Pastels with Versamark for the negative space stamp and for the background trees. When I used the positive bird stamp with ink I chose a bad color and it was a mess. Out came the eraser and I liked the result – a bit mysterious (to me, at least). I lived with it for most of the evening trying to decide what to do with the rest. Finally I covered everything else with gesso and called it finished. By chance it turned out as a house shape. I’m consistent even when I’m not trying.
I just finished a spread that was inspired by someone else. Yes, I admit it. I stole his story. I?m not ashamed. If he wants me to attribute it to him I?ll have no problem putting his name in all caps, bold and italicized – just let me know. Anyway – sheer heaven transfers, acrylic paint, stamping, a squiggle of crayon.
First Day of Winter! Days will now start getting longer. I went out for coffee – it looks like it will be too slippery in too many places to take a vigorous walk so I?m just going to suck it up and wait. I do feel a bit antsy – that may be the caffeine though. I might , if I can get myself out of bed early-ish go over to Roosevelt Field. It seems they have a health or something agreement with the county to open up early for mall walkers and have a one mile ?trail? plotted out. This might be just the solution for these bad weather times. And I was getting so fast. The problem is – getting out of bed early.
?Nine Patch?. This was done on a spread of many colors of acrylic that I added to each day as I used paint elsewhere. No rhyme or reason. It was at the back of the book so there was time till I reached it. Well, I skipped ahead and added black gesso and dots of paint, some crayon scribbles and a sewn/glued collage. Got my threads a bit tangled up so it’s a bit wonky.
Here is my journal spread from last night. Just acrylic craft paint and random collaged items. One is a piece of sheer heaven on which I neglected to reverse the text before I printed it. I was forced to print on another piece (which was used in a prior journal entry). I decided to cut this one up – the other part will make its appearance in another journal entry soon – and glue it down. And also a random piece of scrap paper on which I test stamps and things. I told myself all evening that the snow was nothing to get stressed about because I really didn?t have to be anywhere and could take my time digging out. But, I did have a dream in which I went to the front door and looked out the window and all the snow had blown off the lawn and driveway – completely clear. Guess who had her fingers crossed when she finally got out of bed and checked?
And now my muscles are all weak and trembly. Wimpy weeny am I.