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Journaling By 5s, Part 2 (My Love Hate Relationship With Mod Podge)

Today is day two of my posts about the art journal technique called Journaling by 5s by Shannon Green. As a quick recap,  yesterday I had 15 minutes to put paint and/or ink on 20 pages of my art journal.

Today I had just 15 minutes to collage and use recycled papers to add texture to the pages. Here are some pictures of this disaster session.

Pile of paper scraps to add for background texture.

Pile of paper scraps to add for background texture.

ModPodge, timer and journal at the ready.

Mod Podge, timer and journal at the ready.

Old receipt paper and some kind of black plastic mesh.

Old receipt paper and some kind of black plastic mesh.

Paper doilies, one of which was mutilated when I tried to separate the stuck together pages.

Paper doilies, one of which was mutilated when I tried to separate the stuck together pages.

Paper napkin pieces which almost made me use sentence enhancers as I was trying to glue them down!

Paper napkin pieces which almost made me use sentence enhancers as I was trying to glue them down!

I have to confess that I was not able to complete this session in 15 minutes. It actually took me 30 minutes because everything was sticking to everything. Even though I put wax paper between each page as I went, the wax paper stuck too.  It just took me 15 extra minutes to peel the wax paper off the pages. I did not move anything though, so it stayed the way it was originally slapped down.

If I do this again, I need to reconsider my adhesive choice! Because of the sticky mess I must say this was a rather stressful session. Stay tuned for tomorrows session and another picture of the heinous page!

The heinous page looking even more heinous than yesterday!

The heinous page looking even more heinous than yesterday!

Journal Page 3

Each of these art journal pages has taught me so much. Today’s page I like better than yesterdays because I feel it represents me and my process more closely. I won’t blather on about that though. The 6 prompt words from Daisy Yellow were:

lime green

raindrops

ogee pattern

treasure hunt

acrylic paint

grunge

Wow! What a diverse collection of words. Well I decided to play with my new friend gesso a little more. This time I layed it on quite thick so I could make patterns in it. I deliberately did this in the early morning so it would have plenty of time to dry before the paints and “whatever else” went on the page. I must confess I had to look up what an ogee pattern was, and as far as I can surmise, it is an “onion shaped motif”.  I must say I’ve never considered myself a great onion artist, so I used an acrylic stamp that is kind of onion shaped instead. I stamped it into the wet gesso. When it was dry I painted the whole background with lime green acrylic paint. So that’s three prompts down and this is what it looked like.

page3

 

I love the way this looks. It is very textured and you can feel the ogees and waves. If you open the picture in another tab you can get a better look at it. (Go ahead, you know you want to, right?)

Next I attacked the treasure hunt theme. Instead of doodling it, like many art journalists do, I wanted to use my favorite method which is collage. I love tearing paper, arranging, re-arranging, gluing, re-arranging, and gluing some more. It’s just what I do. Once I liked the layout I added some map paper raindrops because, why not? Then I inked the edges with distress ink and then went over the whole thing with diluted distress ink to “grunge” it up. Some stamped words and rub-ons were added. The funny thing is, I was brushing my teeth before going to bed and it hit me that I actually have won something. It really was Corning ware! Because it made me laugh, I wrote the last line on my way up to bed. So here is the final result of Journal page 3

page3-1I like this piece because it has the vintage graphics I love so much, but with a cool background color I would never have chosen by myself. I also love the gesso texturing. As long as I can collage instead of doodle (for crying out loud who’s afraid of doodling?), I will continue art journaling because it really is teaching me fun things!

I hope you have at least put a pencil or pen to paper in your own journal!!!