Hi, dear WOYWW friends it is AGES I last posted here! But Julia, I cannot let go, so here I am back to be part of your wonderful party.
A lot of incidents kept me from posting, some good, some not so good.
Let us talk about the good ones. The most positive exiting sensation was that I became a member of the Rubber Dance design team!! Here is the proof: http://www.rubberdance.com/designers.html and my first article on this blog http://www.rubberdance.blogspot.no/2014/08/mixed-media-art-journal-by-gabriele.html
Just in case you don´t know, I am Gabriele. And I am the only painter among a bunch of lovely, talented stampers. That is very interesting and challenging. And it gives me a lot of inspirations.
So in the future, you will see me doing a lot of stamping – my way. I am not very accurate in my stamping, but for me that is ok, because I use stamps in a different way. You will see in the AJ pages Half Empty/Half Full, that I love to use stamps to make my background richer and more interesting.
But now back to my desk. There you can see some vintage photo albums and tons of old photos. I have now 14 albums – 14 great possibilities to journal in all kinds of ways. This is such a treasure! Although I don´t know most of the people on those photos, they tell me many interesting stories and are fantastic for collages. Priceless!!!
I started 4 journals already and will show them in future posts. I start with one, showing a challenge from Daisy Yellow: Art Journal Tangents & Tacticts – Half Empty/Half Full. Thank you Tammy for your endless ideas and your never ending energy. If you don´t know Tammy Garcia, you must go visit her website: http://daisyyellowart.com/
While doing the backgrounds for these pages, I was pondering about my problem: it is hard for me to find the right words for my AJ pages. I like my pages to tell a story that moves me in the first place, but then I cannot write anything on them. Quotes from other people might be nice and carry an important message, but they are not my words. And here I found the knot: I wanted to say something important. Important for whom?? And what????
What is important in my life?? When I open my eyes in the morning, that can be important and not be taken for granted. Some years ago I thought I might die of my cancer, but I did not and I am grateful still being alive!!
So I decided to write a little column in the future about all those small, amusing, sad, trivial, but so important things for my life and of course create whatever comes to my mind to illustrate it.
Back to Half Empty/Half Full. After creating the background with acrylics and some collage (using two of my photos) and some of Rubber Dance stamps I stepped back and thought, the pages looked quite ok, as they were.
Here I used one of the photographs of a lady that sits on the beach, apparently alone. But she seems to be looking at someone. Yes there must be the photographer – someone she knows, likes? You can also see the stamping – that wonderful quote and the red round thingies on the right, here as enlargements.
On the opposite is the positive side, where you are invited to come in. Into what or were? Into that house? We`ll see…
On this page I used some different flower stamps, I will list at the end of this post. Here I stamped red flowers and very delicate spider web like flowers in several shades of turquoise. It is easier to see in the enlargements.
Isn´t that beautiful?
But I forced myself to write some sentences about the motto. I also accepted my handwriting, which is not very nice, but it is mine. That makes it unique and that is fine.
The colours of both pages look different, as the last two are taken with a camera, the others before were scanned.
Dear friends, that is all for now I have written quite a lot this time, I hope it wasn´t too boring for you! Thank you very much for your visit and I hope to see you soon!
If you want to try these gorgeous stamps yourself, jump over to www.rubberdance.com. The Rubber Dance stamps I used are listed below.
You can also meet us on Facebook – come on over and say hi! I would love to see, what you are creating!