Saturday, April 16, 2011

lots to share...


i spent a most enjoyable afternoon painting pages for Caroles journal class...I've never stained with colored teas before and had some raspberry/peach on hand to color my pages...i let 3 tea bags really stew and it was a wonderful rich color....the bags were splitting by the end and let bits of leaves settle on the pages...they left lovely purply marks ,Lhs page below:) and it smelt so good too...


i did washes of twinklings, walnut ink and plain tea too....
lots of splatters....and dribbles...


and salt too.....



bubble wrap pushed onto wet watercolors.....

i couldn't work out where the lines were coming from as i was finger painting....

turns out the big blister [from rubbing oil pastels into canvases]had scabbed over :) i liked the lines....


raspberry tea, twinklings and walnut ink...pretty colors ....and more purple tea spots...

only two colors here used, walnut ink and raspberry tea...the pink is soo strong that i dyed little lace scraps and paper flowers with the left over tea....


now there is no cutting with scissors in a Carole's class and i have a confession to make...i ripped my pages a bit big....and cos i couldn't rip a small bit off...i ended up cutting them with the paper trimmer...smack !.... but i used my paper rougher upper to get rid of the cut edges, i think they look great and cant wait to get started in the next bit.... I'm making two journals, an Asian, oriental inspired one which the brighter pages are for and a softer one. I was really stumped about what to do with the second one but during the afternoon painting i had a phone call from young friend telling me that his brother had committed suicide......he was only 25.....its been a sad week and made me feel grateful for what we do have......

so my journal theme will be Grateful....

17 comments:

jenny said...

Oh Jen, love all your yummy stained pages... they are going to make beautiful journals... such sad news with your friend's brother... it is at times like these, that we think of what is important... a grateful journal is perfect...

Happy weekend my friend...
Hugs
Jenny x

Heavens2Betsy said...

Your pages are totally stunning! i love the salt effect. I look forward to seeing what you fill your pretty pages with. Penny

Wax Beach Artist said...

Your papers came out so beautiful! I love dyeing and painting pages, in fact it's my favorite part of making art, lol. They look so great and the one 2 up from the bottom, not counting the book, looks like the shadow of a person to me. I can't wait to see what you do with these. Beautiful!

Fabric Art said...

Wow Jen your pages are so wonderful made, love the colors on them alland that you tell how you made them.
Anni

Emma said...

Awful news, grateful is a good title.

These are fabulous! A trick for 'trimming' without cutting is to fold to size then 'paint' plain water along the fold. Give it a few mins & it should tear, but you probably knew that......;)This class sounds good, I'll be back!

Shiree said...

ooooh they look fabulous, I should have joined this class too but you know, so much to do and nowhere near enough jolly time! ENJOY!!

Melinda Cornish said...

the papers are beautiful and I love the theme!

~*~Patty S said...

Oh WOWEE Jen each page is lovelier than the last...I see just one problem with them...HOW will you have heart to cover the pages...your ragged edges are wonderful too!

Carole is such an inspirational and great teacher!

Lovely that you're taking her journal class!
oxo

Kathy said...

Beautiful papers..done with tea? too cool.. love them.. might have to try this.. Can hardly wait to see what you do with them... so sorry about your friend's brother.. so sad for everyone around him..
Big Hug..
Kath
xo

Jacky said...

Jen your journal pages are scrumptious...especially love those purpley ones. I will have to check out Carole's link (thank you).
Very sad about your friends brother. I think your 'grateful' journal is a wonderful rememberance of the loss of this young life...so sad.
Take care and look forward to meeting you in the flesh at the exhibition!

Jacky xox

Vicky said...

Ooh, my kind of painty, messy FUN!!!! Great colours, & I LOVE all the rough edges :)

Gini said...

Your pages are wonderful and I'm so impressed with your exceptional level of commitment; to get a blister from your other project, I would have given up at the red finger stage ;-)
I'm so glad your stall went so well (in an earlier post) I didn't know magnets had a right way and a wrong way either, the ones I've always bought have a peal off backing paper and you stick using the sticky side of the magnet, which makes it easier.
Thank goodness for good husbands :-)
Gini
xx

Oxana said...

Hi Jen! Your pages are beautiful! Have a wonderful Easter!
Hugs
Oxana

Sunshineshelle said...

Wonderful, wish food stains on om clothes looked this good ;) 'Grateful' that's just the perfect thing, well done... hugs Shelle

Cynthia Schelzig said...

wonderful papers...book looks great!!

ShabbyChicShaz said...

Your journal pages look fantastic, bet it smelt lovely as well. I might try experimenting with fruit teas on my next journal. What a great theme - Grateful, very appropriate, best wishes x

Blissful Pumpkin said...

Hi Jen,

Sorry to hear the bad news.

I do love what you've done to your pages and can't wait to see the journals finished. I've used tea once before to give some invitations an aged look.
I hope you are well.
Kyles =D