Saturday, August 28, 2010

Of Dreams and Art Angels

Another JOD (Journal of Dreams) arrived  recently, and I finished my pages this week.  Jacquie's journal is a bit larger than most (don't remember the exact measurements, but it was about 9x12).  Dreams of flying are common, and it's a theme I've used many times, though differently in each journal.  I generally prefer to work on a smaller page, but the great thing about one this size, is the ability it gives to use really big images.  

I started with applying inks to the watercolor paper.....I swiped the pads directly on the paper, sprayed water on top, then blended with a paper towel.  I kept doing this until I was happy, and added a torn strip of beautiful paper from the Mariposa stack (DCWV).   That paper suddenly looked a little bright to me, so I toned down some of its glitziness with more ink.  (Don't you love how you can alter patterned paper to suit your needs?)
I drew the bird head on cardstock, cut it out, and covered it with bits of old dress pattern paper (thank you Sherry, for sending my necklace wrapped in this wonderful paper!).  More ink (black and  several browns), and then the whole thing coated with some gel medium to seal it and give it a nice glossy finish.
I had some leftover crayon paper made with a used dryer sheet (click here for a tutorial on that), and tore some wisps of that for the birdie's head feathers.  Since most self-respecting birds in my dreams are regal, I gave this one a nice big crown.
Texture is hard to see in photographs, but the bird and cage on the left have it (texture, that is).
I used the negative left over after cutting Tim's caged bird die as a stencil, and applied some modeling paste.  This left a raised image of  the cage and bird, which dries hard and is firmly attached to the paper.   More ink, some random stamping and doodling, and side one is done.

On the back....the same sort of inking and spraying, and another piece of Mariposa paper, also toned down with ink.   The "fly away home" stamp is ATC-sized, and is from Red Lead.  Dangling from it is a (very distorted) little bird cage, cut from Tim's die on black shrink plastic, shrunk down with my heat tool, and embellished with some beads.  I'll go on record here as saying that the distortion was carefully planned and came out exactly as I wanted.  Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
The journaling was done with my much beloved Sakura glaze pens.

I started making art angels a while back, and have shown you some in the past.  This is one of my favorites, and was sent to my friend Sherry to look over her and protect her while she deals with a serious health issue.  Sherry just blogged about this, so click here to get the info from the source.  Love you, Sherry!
Made with LOVE, a key, a crushed bottlecap, some wings, a stamped image, resistors, and did I say, LOVE? 

15 comments:

Victoria said...

I love the journal pages, the flying theme is great. Your angel is so sweet, I'm sure Sherry will love letting it watch over her.

Helen said...

Greast journal pages.

Valerie B. said...

Yeah I tried several times to do a birdcage out of shrink plastic and it always came out "artistically" misshaped. Love the pages but I really LOVE the key idea. Such a simple thing to convey love is a grand thing indeed.

Diann said...

Once again, just wonderful journal ART and I love this flying theme!
I read how you created this and always learn by just looking and listening...you are just a grand teacher! I do love the Angel you made for Sherry and I read her comments and am praying for her!
Diann

Angie Hall Haviland said...

FABULOUS pages, Eileen!! and love the key angel!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Love your pages Eileen...very pretty!!!!!!

SusanK said...

Have never done journal pages. Love yours! Sherry's angel is heavenly!

Tammy D said...

That's just gorgeous work Eileen.

Nancy Lynn said...

Very nice journal page. I love your Angel pin you made for Sherry. It will help guide her through this difficult time in her life.

Lori said...

The journal pages are just wonderful, Eileen, you really make them personal. And the pin is exquisite, I'm sure Sherry will appreciate it beyond words.

lee said...

Great work!
Lee

teri said...

Love your blog look!! I've been away for a few weeks on vacation and haven't seen it. Now I need some time to peruse everything I've missed. xo

Sue Young said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this,Eileen!!!!!!!!!What a GREAT idea!!!Imight have to "borrow" this from you,ok???Hope your friend will be ok.
XO Sue

Celeste said...

Absolutely beautiful

Patzee said...

I love these pages and especially all the cool things you've done with that bird cage. I am partial to that little distorted bird cage and LOVE the ghost of the cage and bird made with modeling paste. Everything works so very well together!