July 11 – Week 28
Art Challenge: Focal Point vs. Layering*
Journal Prompt: Time keeps on ticking
Whenever I think of time and ticking clocks, my mind instantly goes to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. There are so many references to ‘Time’ in the book and quite a few metaphors about the passage of time and how time should not be squandered. I love the book. I read it as a child and I read it as an adult. Read it. Words to live by.
So like most of my art journal pages, it started with a sketch . . .
And of course, I had to add a few bits of book paper (ephemera) because, well really, what’s a mixed media piece without some old text added to it? Duh!
The challenge is to use ephemera, but instead of using it as backgrounds and collage, try to use a piece as a focal point for your art work. I chose only three pieces – 2 vintage playing cards (the Queen of Hearts of course – DUH again!) and a teeny tag with string. Let’s see which become the focal point.
As you can see, that bright white tag really stood out against the vintage cards. That will never do. I added Antique Linen Distress Ink by Ranger to age it and labeled it with my Fude Ball pen.
Then I began to paint and paint and paint. I didn’t take pictures of this process because I am always using a pile of supplies that I layer on top of each other like acrylic paints (cheap), aqua markers, prismacolor pencils and graphite. I go back and forth and back and forth until it looks like this . . .
I used a stamp with gold ink in places that looked blank and added details with my white and black pens.
I sanded the cards’ surfaces down a bit to weather them and adhered them with matte medium. I also added some marks to them to tie them into the black and white paint on the page.
I glued down the “Drink Me” label to the neck of the bottle poking out of Alice’s apron pocket. I also used a gold marker to decorate the clock face and add Roman Numerals.
And here’s the finished spread. Can you find the focal point?
We won’t even discuss my silly white rabbit (first attempt)! Hope you all have a happy week of Documenting! Be kind to someone today! xoxo
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