Friday, July 25, 2008

Soul Journal Days 11 and 12

So these past two days have been dedicated to finishing up "Our House" It is funny how when I started this page that I was very reluctant and not pleased but I had an absolutely fabulous time adding my collage elements. Sarah actually told us not to add to many but I just could not stop.

Here was what she wanted us to do:

Today we are going to collage over some of our drawings. You can use patterned papers, tissue paper, dictionary paper, anything you can think of! Rip papers to fit windows, roofs, edges of buildings, etc. I attached mine with Matte gel over and under my papers but just use what you've got. Go over your outlines with a permanent ink pen.





My favorite thing that I did is the whole punched elements I added to the sky. All I did was dump my whole punch onto a glued section of my page and press down, once it dried I wiped away the extra scraps and this is what i was left with. I really love the texture it created and I couldn't wait to see what it would look like with paint over it, which is what we did on day 12.






I loved how Sarah painted her house but as I have said before this particular page is way out of my element so paining scared the begebies out of me. But I threw caution to the wind and added my color...

For the sky I mixed a blue acrylic paint with some blue pearl ex powder so the sky does shimmer a bit. I also put the paint on in swirls...I wanted the sky to look like it had some movement.

For the right had page I painted the buildings with a silver paint watered down. I pressed the paint with a paper towel so there is a bit of a pattern to the paint. It is really neat in real life.

And for "My House" I mixed some brown paints with a reddish toned pearl ex powder, I was hoping to get a brick color. It however did work and looked very flat so I hand drew some bricks with my brown sharpie and then sprayed the page with a gold glimmer mist and a walnut ink. It added a lot of depth which is what i was going for.


Unfortunately it was really hard to get a good close up, detailed photo of the paint effects. Here is the best one I could get. The flash on the camera really bounced off of my door which is made out of glossy paper with alcohol inks. But you can see the glimmer mist gold and some of the Walnut ink.

I had a lot of fun with this page. it is amazing how my feelings towards it changed over the days. I hope you enjoy!

13 comments:

Carol said...

Lovely pages, I really ike the punched out shapes too. Considering you were nervous you did a fab job, well done you.

Carol said...

Lovely work, i love your pages. I love the punched out bits for the sky too. It is even more of an achievement considering your feelings towards it at the start.

VirginiaW said...

Love Love Love it!!!
Love all the texture and elements...

Mary S Hunt said...

it is funny how feeling change over pieces of work in progress...
your pages turned out awesome!

Nancy said...

Hi Caroline
I stopped and took a little time this morning to take a look at your Blog and was blown away with the wonderful Journal you have been working on. What a wonderful project. Are you doing this all on line?? If so where?? I have been so busy with Altered Pages that I haven't had time for anything else these last few weeks. Now I need to go make a layout as the third part of this weeks challenge. I'll let you know once I get it posted to my Blog. Anyway - I love all the work you have done with the journal.

Carol said...

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Christy said...

ooh those punched dots / circles are fantastic. and they look great with the paint over them too. i take my pictures beside a sunny window with no flash. or outside. that way you can see more of the shimmer and metallics that make a page so beautiful. love your pages.

grrl+dog said...

Your house spread is wonderful, I especially like the window, is that your real window or a "soul window? I wasn't too impressed with the idea of making dolls, but had the best-time ding it. So much fun to be pushed and see how we break down our considerations to let more "soul" in. Cheers, from Sydney, Dneese.

Dawn said...

oh WOW, it's amazing what a little doodling can turn into. Fabulous job.

KathrynAntyr said...

Wonderful embellishments. I finally have my house done! Swing by for a piece of birthday cake and a cup of coffee.

Anne said...

Wow! I really like how these pages turned out! I'm not quite as far along as you are... but you're making me want to jump ahead!

I also love that you're experimenting and trying new things. And I like the shimmery effects you've added. Thanks for sharing your pages!

Anne said...

Oh! I almost forgot! If you'd like to trade blog links, let me know! (Just click through my name and e-mail me!) It could be in a blog roll or just a "shout out" in an everyday post. One "Soul Journaler" to another!

blueskysunburn said...

OMG! I love the hole punched bits in the sky.