Sunday, February 24, 2013

Book of Days for Last Week...

Hey everyone!  As the weekend winds down, I have some Book of Days pages to share with you.  They are all from this past week.  I started a new journal.  It's the Dylusions Creative journal.  I've been really excited to try working in this one.  I love the way the outside is plain kraft - just inviting a painting session...!

I also love the 9x12" size, which I have discovered is my favorite size to work in.  When you open it up, there is a handy little envelope on one side, to put stuff in.  (stencils?  ephemera?)

There are also some downsides to it, but I will get to that.

On Monday, I was feeling bright and cheery, and reflecting on my Scrappy Retreat with the girls...
 I used Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's pomegranate stencil in the background, with a combination of browns, pinks and orange sprays (surprise surprise about the pinks and oranges, right? - ha.) Then gesso, ledger paper, and paint.  The photo was printed on matte photo paper, which I discovered doesn't take media very well.  I painted my eyes blue, and added some color to my cheeks and lips, as well as pink to my hair. I really want to get some pink put in my hair.  Need to find a salon that will do it.  Hmmm...  Anyhoo, moving on...

This is my MDS (multi-day spread).  It was a learning experience, as I couldn't get anything to blend very well.  This is the down side to this paper.  I tried neocolor II crayons, gelatos, and finally aquamarkers.  I guess I will just have to stick to other materials to fill this book...



 Here's my Soulistry spread.  The prompt this week was the Sigmund Freud quote that I used as a title...

I did some journaling on separate paper about the things I see as vulnerabilities/weaknesses in myself, overlapping the letters and leaving out all spacing.  The purpose was to get the words out, and keep them illegible.  Then I took that paper and cut it into shapes to use on my page.

 The house opens up to this...

Here's a detail shot...
and finally I made a paper doll.  She was part of last week's BOD offerings, but I didn't have time to work on her til now.  I followed the process, but made her in my own style.  She will go on a journal page.  Just haven't gotten to that yet.
I had to give her cowboy boots, since she represents me!  :0)

I hope your weekend has been wonderful!  Thanks for visiting and I will see you again soon!!!

5 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Still loveeeeee that photo of you with the crown!! These are FABULOUS!! LOVING the colors and love love love love love the paper doll ... her boots ROCK!!!

Deb said...

You are amazing..love your journal pages..I don't know how you find the time. You get so much done..I want to be like you when I grow up..lol!
Thanks for sharing .Hugs Deb

dawn said...

WOW!! These are all amazing and colorful! I don't know how you keep coming up with so many ideas for your books. It's always fun to come and see what your up too, thanks for always sharing and inspiring!

Your little doll is so AWESOME, just love her and the boots!

Sandra L. said...

I just got one of the Dylusions journals, but haven't tried any of the water-soluble crayons you mentioned yet.

I was wondering if you had painted your pages with gesso first before trying them. I generally don't use gesso, as I don't like the way it feels under my hand when I am writing on a journal page.

I am reading the story about you in "Featuring" magazine this month, and I have to admire your determination to make art every day while holding down a full-time job. I often find myself very tired after work and reluctant to do anything at all except read. I'm working on that, though!

Thanks!

Sharon Fritchey said...

Oh Michelle! Your pages are just AWESOME!!! I always love visiting your blog - talk about inspiration!!!! Your "I just want to celebrate" piece is absolutely wonderful!!! Thank you so much for everything, your inspiration is contagious!!!!!