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


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.


First I cut around one of the capsules.


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


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.


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


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.


It looks good when it dries!


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.


Smooth out the Paste over the stencil.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.



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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