October ARTifact Page

November 12, 2017 at 12:22 am Leave a comment

I finally finished my ARTifact contribution for October.  I’ve been sending in my pages pretty reguarly to Seth Apter’s blog http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/2017/10/artifacts-september-2017.html

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I did a couple new things that I liked on this page.  I used some of the Tiny Bubbles Topping by Queen & Co.  and I wrote more on the page.  It seems more personal and powerful when I write something that relates to the story I’m conveying on the page.

I made some embellys with the Queen & Co Bubbles.  I used a lid from some snacks that I bought at the grocery store.  They have these little capsules on the top and I thought that would be a good way to hold the Bubbles.

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First I cut around one of the capsules.

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Next I spread some gloss gel where I wanted to place the Bubbles and capsule.

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I used gloss gel because invariably I knew I would get the gel on the Bubbles and the gloss gel would dry shiny like the Bubbles so you wouldn’t notice it.

Once I spread the gel down I placed the Bubbles on it in a row.  I used a toothpick covered wih masking tape (sticky side up) to help pick up the Bubbles.  Also put the Bubbles in a small container or they will roll all over the place.

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Then I spread the gloss gel on the outside flange of the capsule to glue it down over the Bubbles.

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Then I placed the capsule over the row of Bubbles.  As you can see there are splotches of gloss gel on the capsule, but this goes away as it dries.

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It looks good when it dries!

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You can also use a stencil to add a strip of modeling paste and stick the Bubbles down in the paste. First place modeling paste over the stencil.

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Smooth out the Paste over the stencil.

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Remove the stencil and embed the beads into the paste.  You have to be a little more careful here because the paste dries opaque and it will show on the Bubbles.

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If you have more paste than you need like I did just scrape it off with a palette knife.

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I started the page by using papers that I had decoupaged onto a big sheet and cut into 4″ X 5″ pieces.  I then decoupaged the pieces onto a big sheet of paper I found in Lowe’s.  I don’t really know what the paper is for but it’s thin and doesn’t warp much.  I also use deli paper, but I find that it warps alot.  Seth Apter uses this technique, only he uses smaller pieces.  I’ve seen this technique a lot and it really helps me to get inspired and go ahead with the project.

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I then cut and laid the pieces of paper on my page around my sumi painting and decoupaged them with matte gel medium.  I had already decoupaged my sumi painting and glued my embellys in place.

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I painted over the papers with some watered down white gesso in an attempt to unify them.

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Then I felt like I needed more cohesion in the page so I used a bunch of different stencils and some spray inks and stenciled over the page again.  I should mention that I first covered the sumi painting with contact paper to protect it from the spay inks.  Also I covered the embellies with little strips of masking tape. Then I played around with charcoal pencils to draw around the different embellies and the sumi painting to help emphasize them more.  I did some writing on the page with a black permant marker . I added charcoal around the outside of the page and stamped around it with Seth Apters Borders stamp.  I used a plastic strip from the same container that I took the capsules from to top the sumi painting.  I traced around it with charcoal pencil and black marker to emphasize it more.  I added some beads and the small wooden flower for more interest.

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Entry filed under: Art Journal and Painting Techniques, Chinese painting in art journaling, Seth Apter Personal Journal Artifacts 2017, Seth Apter Stamps, Sumi Painting in Art Journaling, watercolor painting in art journaling. Tags: , , , , , , .

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