Dandelions

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Another page in the “Experiment Journal Which Is Turning Into My Favourite Journal” journal.  This one was an experiment with my new Distress Paints.  I played around with smearing the inks around with my fingers – I seem to use my fingers a lot more than paint brushes.  There’s mono printing with The Crafters Workshop chevron stencils – I really like mono printing with the stencils.  More so than using them how they are ‘supposed’ to be used.  I tried out a new paper punch which I liked a lot more on the shelf than I did when I got it home – hate that.  I’d seen a wide scallop punch in a magazine and had to have it.  This one is a lot more scallop-y and I’m still trying to decide if it’s too cutesy for me.  Torn paper because that’s what I do when I don’t know what to do next.  A little bit of washi tape.  And a gel medium image transfer using a favourite piece of clip art.

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Now I’m going to be perfectly honest here.  I have been less than successful with gel medium transfers in the past.  And acetate transfers.  Basically any image transfer technique and I have not seen eye to eye.

But I suddenly got this thing in my head that I wanted to give it another go.  Must have seen it somewhere and got all inspired completely forgetting the history I had with this technique.  I had this photocopy of a dandelion in a long forgotten stash.  I layered a thick smear of Studio Matte Medium on it.  Let it dry – as the Queen of Impatience, that bit kills me every time.  I hate waiting.  Then I spritzed the back with water and rubbed the paper off.

If I’d been a bit more patient, I could have rubbed a bit more of the white paper off.  But we both know what happened instead.

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When Dina Wakley does busy writing it looks so elegant and arty.  When I do messy writing it just looks…. well, messy.  I really do need to work on the journalling/lettering side of my pages.  I know this will come as a surprise to you, but I just don’t have the patience to sit down and spend an hour just on writing a few words.  I might have to invent something that fits my hurry, hurry nature.

Some people do art journalling as a way to relax and wind down and while away the hours.

For some reason I do it like it’s a race.

And like it has to be “Somerset Worthy” every single time.

I’m trying to let that go.  Trying to just let things flow.  Experimenting.  Not expecting perfection.  Just seeing how things turn out.  And most of all not tearing everything out and chucking it in the bin if it’s not perfect.

The most over worked item in my art room is sadly the bin.

I’m trying to change that.

Coral xo.

 

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4 Responses to Dandelions

  1. Donna says:

    I do not like that business of rubbing the paper off so I put down fluid matte medium, place the image on it, and then start peeling it back after about 30 seconds. If it is not transferring I smack it down for a few seconds and look again.

    • Coral says:

      I love the sound of this technique, Donna. Especially the “smack it down for a few seconds”. I’m pretty impatient with this sort of thing – your method sounds much quicker. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Chrissy says:

    I love your writing! It’s not messy, it’s beautiful and uniquely you – hurried and all – exactly as it should be, because why else do stuff you couldn’t be bothered Doing?
    I’m the same there.
    When you were talking about the big scalloped cutter and you not being sure if its your thing, I thought maybe you could grunge it up with some ripped paper collage layered over the top, or even tearing the scalloped cut-out up!
    Love reading your blog. I think our tag,one should be queen of impatience. Love it

    • Coral says:

      Thanks Chrissy – I’m really trying to find a writing style I like for my journaling. Other girls messy looks really neat and tidy – really arty. Hmmm… Mine not so much. And I definitely think the scallop punch needs some other stuff gong on with it so it’s not quite so cutesy. And yes, I am the reigning Queen of Impatience… Hehehe

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