Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WHEN THE CREATIVE SPIRIT HITS

WHEN THE CREATIVE SPIRIT HITS

Journal Page Number 1

Remember the old journals that they used to sell years ago-long before memory making journals were even thought of? Well, I made a new years resolution that after seeing so many creative journals in blogland, that I wanted to finally start my own.

Journal Page Number 2

Unfortunately, it was the New Year’s holiday and no stores were open for me to go out and purchase a spiffy journal album. Actually, I really didn’t want to buy one anyway in case I messed up. Since the creative spirit or muse hit, I knew I had to improvise. I dug through my old pictures that I keep meaning to get sorted and found several ugly old journals that must be 40 years old! They are one of a kind now since I don’t think anyone is making these outdated beauties anymore.

Old Album I found In My Studio

Here are 2 that I have finished. Oh how I wish I had good penmanship! I’ve tried writing and printing on some of my artwork before and it is unreadable! I have even taken courses in calligraphy to no avail. I was thinking of trying to write in Italian or French which would be fun but I can’t do that either. I’m taking an Italian course right now so maybe next year but for now, my scribbles will have to do.

Close-up

My method for these two pages was this. On page number 1, I used a digital print of one of my original paintings and painted the background with acrylic so that it can be written on. Then, I cut out pictures from magazines and attached along with a very ancient looking key I had in studio. I painted over her hair with purple acrylic and then added a coat of sparkle translucent paint over the background making sure I didn't completely hide the musical notes and finally added Dorland's wax medium for a refined look and for protection. I love this wax.

For page number 2, I used magazine images and rubbed Never-Dull Wadding Polish to meld the images to my liking. Then I applied crackle glaze to the face and finished it off with more of the Dorland's wax.

Another Close-Up of Crackle Technique

I haven’t written on either of the pages yet (still procrastinating) so if anyone would like to make a copy of them to use in your own journaling, please feel free.

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20 comments:

  1. Very beautiful. Love the crackle technique and the skeleton key.

    Blessings, V.

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  2. Writing in a journal is a lost art. I had given someone a leather bound journal from Italy for Christmas and they looked at me like I was nuts. LOL! Yours are almost too beautiful to write in...

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  3. I LOVE these pages! And now I want to get some crackle glaze to play with in my Sistahood pages- thanks for the inspiration!
    And Happy New Year- I'm looking forward to being around a lot more. I've really missed my bloggy friends!

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  4. Cher..I love these and thank you for always telling us how you did it. I always get so much inspiration when I come to visit here.

    Hugs!!

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  5. Love this Cheryl. The eyes look clear thru me. wow...you do such a wonderful job on faces in any media. The crackle one is my favorite.

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  6. Now you've got me wanting to get crackle glaze and Dorland Wax. Very nice job. Love the crackle look. Thanks for sharing your wonderful techniques. Happy New Year to you.

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  7. Amazing portraits. I am very jealous of your crackle - mine never turns out like that!!

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  8. They are beautiful, amazing start of this new year......

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  9. Hi Chery, I hope you had a great new- years day, and the new year will bring you health,
    happiness and a lot of creativity, and with a little luck you could be the winner
    of my new- years giveaway. You are heartily invited to join it.
    Your journal looks very good and interesting and I love to see what you´ll create this year.

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  10. Very beautiful and moving! I do love the crackle effect! xxoo Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year to you and yours!

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  11. Beautiful portraits Cheryl. Wishing you a very Happy New Year, x

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  12. Cheryl, you are so creative! I love both of these, however the crackle finish one is my fave - maybe because it immediately invokes such a sense of history because of the crackling?

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  13. Mostly I write underneath my painting...unless it is a poem or prayer. I know it's backwards or inside out, but hiding my thoughts is something I have always done.
    Your pages are beautiful!
    ♥♥♥

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  14. cheryl, these are just scrumptious and deep. and i love how you shared your entire post! i have heard more than one artist share about their own handwriting as well, you'll find your own way i know! xo

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  15. Beautiful, beautiful journaling Cheryl! I could look at these all day.....

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  16. Love them both, but the second one is my favorite. Something about the face, love the crackle too. Wadding Polish? Dorland's Wax? Hmmm... some new things to research!

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  17. Amazing Creative Cheryl,
    Happy New Year,I have missed you.
    I love your journal work,fabulous what you achieved in your creation. I love it !!
    My creative magic is back,it was gone for awhile.
    You always give me something to take away from you awesome blog. A little special piece of the clever women you are.
    Thank you.
    Wishing you a great year ahead.
    Love Laura.xoxx

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  19. Beautiful journaling but I must confess that I like the crackled one the best!

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  20. Hello!
    I am your newest follower!
    And also want to say that your style of art is very unique. I love it!

    Come by my blog sometime www.bellabliss.blogspot.com

    Ciao!

    Bella Bliss

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