Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Journal pages



I have so many journals on the go at present, I never know which one to work in. Every time I hold a decorated papers/journal workshop, I end up with another one. I've decided to join them together, I use my fabric strips to join them and it's working quite well.

The page above was drawn with markers then I used a brush and gave some of it a wash with water, the markers run giving the effect of water colour. The elephant stamp is an Indian wooden printing block.




The faces on this page were fun to do, influenced by Picasso. The journal houses quite a few of my experiments.

22 comments:

Talking Horses Arts said...

Ooh really love this!!Love elephants...and the colors..awesome!!
Thanks so much for sharing!
Andrea.

Sharon said...

That marker and water thing is brilliant. Can't wait to try it.

Sharon said...

Oh yes, it reminds me of myself and using gel pens. They don't dry quick enough for me so I just use my finger and smear them. On purpose.

Jackie said...

The candle reminds me of the 'self fitting sixes which benave very strangely in warm weather' from Beatrix Potters 'The Tale of Ginger and Pickles'

Ann Christine Dennison said...

Haven't visited for a while and was amazed at the amount of work you have been doing. These are amazing, inspiring and beautiful!!!

Ingrid Dijkers said...

Absolutely beautiful pages. Your colors are outright delicious!
Best-
Ingrid

katie jane said...

These are so nice. I always love the brilliant colors you use. I am a "color person", too. The thing about the markers running is something I'll have to try.

Seth said...

What a great idea to join the journals. I really like the brightness of these pages. They make me smile.

Ginny Gaskill said...

Love the marker gotten wet look. I figured out one day that when markers dry out you can pull the end off and pour a some water in the end. You can collect the water and use it as a dye or you can hold it over paper towels or paper and let it create a wonderful brilliant background paper. It will dye most poreous surfaces.

Belinda said...

Hi I adore this elephant stamp, I've been looking for an elephant stamp like this to do a piece of work for my mum who is elephant obsessed lol Where did you get it? Great idea with joining the journals and they look great. Belinda

Sam Marshall said...

These pages are so gorgeous-love the colours and the elephants!!

Jen Crossley said...

These are gorgeous Ro,very colourful!!
Jen

Stephanie said...

Beautiful, Roe, do you have any hints to using Indian wood printing blocks. I have many but have never had much luck printing with them.

Ro Bruhn said...

Hi Stephanie, I don't have a link to your blog so I'll answer your question here and hope you come back. The best way to use the wooden blocks is with acrylic paints, not stamp pads. Don't have the paint too runny or too dry, just fluid. Make sure you wash the stamp before the acrylic paint dries on it. I also use the blue blocks that you heat and press the stamp into them, this give you the positive outline of the design. I show some of these in earlier posts.

grrl+dog said...

Late summer seems to bring out that color palette, dont you think? All I feel drawn to are the bright glary colors..

Holly Loves Art said...

Beautiful pages... gorgeous color and such detail! The elephant is wonderful! Happy creating!

Elizabeth said...

I am SOOO glad that the temps have gone down for all of you!!!I am really amazed that you were able to do any artwork in that heat- but I guess that it must have bben a good distraction!! your pages and papers are wonderful and it looks like you are selling as many rubber stamps as you can make- no Surprise!!
Hugs!
Elizabeth

Judy said...

How do you do it all - looks greta Ro

Tracy said...

Beautiful, Bright pages, just love them :) Hope your Ok after last nights fires!!, going to add you to my blog list so I don't miss a thing

Mary lin Huskamp said...

What fun! Picasso would think you a great student!!!

Love the pages.

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

GORGEOUS!

Kris said...

Ro,
You had left a comment on my blog about how much you liked the Susan K. Lennert book. If you don't already know about this book I think you might like it. Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet by Mary Hetts.
k