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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Magical Journal Journey- Almost Ready to GO!

Once again, I find myself playing "catch up"!  The kids were out on Winter Break last week, and we took our daughter to visit some colleges at the end of the week, so there was no time for arting OR blogging.  But now I'm back and ready to do both!

Some of you might remember that I was working on making a new art journal to send out in another round robin,  The incredibly clever Lisa Wright came up with a wonderful title for our group, "Magical Journal Journey" and I used it for the cover of my book....
I kept the back of the book simple with just my name, title and date 
with a dragonfly swooping through
BTW, I took numerous pictures of this, but never could get the actual color to come through- it's much less like grape juice that it appears!

The only art I played with last week was for my sign in page, and I kind of went at it knowing I wanted to create some "Muse like" figures and took it from there.  I drew them with my right hand (which in my case is the WRONG hand ;)) to keep them loose and free.  And while I am happy with them now, they gave me one heck of a ride!  I painted them in water color and spray sealed them which caused all the colors to bleed and blend in a NOT good manner....so I went back at them with more water color, but the sealed surface didn't want to accept more water colors except for gold.  SO then, I took out my colored pencils and this helped lay down a new surface that I could paint over...BUT, then I wasn't happy with the way the were laid out and had NO idea how I could make them work as a sign in page....


 So, enter the scissors to the rescue!  I cut them up, first into 2 rows and then into individual figures which I glued down in a foldover/pop up manner. 
 And for what it's worth, the page they are glued in on was meant to be the back inside cover for my friends to write on if they chose....
but I was in too much of a hurry to resolve the figures, so it became their background......
Now, I just have to decide if I am still doing a spread for the back inside cover or do I just let the book end with the last entry....decisions, decisions.......

And if you'd like see what everyone else has been doing for this project, click HERE to see the Pinterest page Lisa Wright so generously created! OOOppps, that should be KIM of IM Girl created the Pinterest page- sorry!
That's all for now,
xx
Stephanie

14 comments:

WrightStuff said...

It was Kim that made the pinterest page! I just started the bandwagon with my rust page!!

Love your muses - they look like they are having a right old gossip. I'm rather jealous that they get to meet up but we are so scattered!

Soooo can't wait to get my first journal in the post!

Maggie said...

The colors are fabulous! And so are these mystical figures! I know what you mean about struggling to get the camera to pick up the true colors. For me, a certain shade of blue-green is always changed when I take a photo.

But whether they look like they do here or are slightly altered, I think the colors are magnificent! So fun that your GOLD is metallic! I can't wait to play with that!!

gma said...

Love the muses page. Very cool idea and beautiful result. Looking forward to working in your journal soon. So exciting. BTW love your 29faces on sidebar.

kim said...

Stephanie,
Don't you just love it when your art
"trials" turn out so gloriously beautiful!! I in love with what you did! Your muses are wonderful. I can't wait to get this and admire up close and personal!
LOVE <3
Kim

craftattack said...

Lovely work, Stephanie, I have been wondering where you were these past weeks! Hugs, Valerie

Netty said...

Loving your mystical figures and the colours are great. xx

Kat W said...

Stunning pages! Those muses look so full of mystical inspiration - love them. And I am so jealous that you can draw/paint using your non-dominant hand so much better than I could hope to do with my own dominant hand! You've so much talent! I can't wait to hold your journal and enjoy the rich colours and beautiful artistry up close!

Hugs
Kat Xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a magnificent spread. Very, very impressive. Love those muses. There are times I wish I had joined Pinterest, because if others are as great as your pages, they will be stunning. Very, very impressive.

And thanks for dropping by while I couldn't visit. It means a lot to me.

EVA said...

How very magical indeed so far!

Love the colours and those charming muses.

Jaime Haney at www.jaimehaney.com said...

Oooh Stephanie this looks so cool! I love the added gold. What product do you use for that? I love the shimmer, good pictures by the way because the shimmer is hard to capture.

Funny how we learn little things about each other. Who knew you were a lefty? I'm a righty most of the time but use my left for some things.

Priti.Lisa said...

So rich and regal looking...
the determination to plow through is a gift...lots of people give up, but I know too, if you hang in there and push something magical happens. You made a beautiful book Stephanie♥♥

Tammy said...

Your book is so pretty and full of rich jewel tones. The ladies turned out great! Sometimes what we envision doesn't always play out on the paper but this is evidence that sometimes it turns out better than we imagined. Love this!

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artangel said...

This is gorgeous! I like the dragonfly, nice touch! And your muses are wonderfully rich and opulent, I definitely feel inspired to work in these colours now! x