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Wanderlust 2019, Typography: Week 2

This week’s lesson (Imperfect/Perfection) was presented by Athanasia Papantoniou, from Greece. Athanasia’s page included chipboard letters randomly placed in the center with another chipboard word, Perfection. She made a tag with the letters “IM” and placed it near Perfection to indicate IM Perfection. You can read that as I Am Perfection or Imperfection.

Step 1. We started by priming two pages, one with white gesso, the other with black gesso.

p1140386Athanasia keeps white space around the perimeter of her pages and since this was going to be a 3D page, I left a margin toward the center of my journal.

Step 2. Add torn pages and stamp/emboss your own stickers. I’m still experimenting with making my own acrylic misters and covered up most of the stamping/embossing–used them anyway. Stamp the page, including some lines for journaling. Use a permanent stamp pad. It’s on my list of supplies.

Step 3. Add your stencil, using light modeling paste. Let dry (and dry and dry). I used my heat gun but finally let it dry overnight.

Step 4. Paint your chipboard letters in white and place them down the center. Not having letters, I used some wooden shapes, painted them white and glued them down with white glue. I weighted down the page at this point.

Step 5. Make dots of white glue, sprinkle with fine glitter and then coarse glitter. Shake excess glitter off page; save. Vacuum studio.
p1140397Athanasia is not a fan of glitter, so she covered most of it up with white gesso. I’m glad she added this step because I often like to use glitter.

Step 6.  Stamp over everything again. I used paint this time.

Step 7. Use a dry paintbrush to drop small amounts of mica powder; spray with water. Not having mica powders, I experimented with fiber reactive dyes and used them on the page. I had already been practicing spattering.


Step 8. Paint your word (Perfection) in black and place atop the white letters. I skipped this step.

Step 9. Make a tag from vellum. Use a painted reinforcement sticker around the hole and add some yarn as a tassel. Carefully glue to page. I actually used the tag for my word of the year, BALANCE, adding the “im” to indicate imbalance. I practiced with calligraphy pens; none were permanent. I practiced with a bottle with special metal tips–the next day I couldn’t make a fist and the results were shaky. I ended up using my Pitt brush pen. Do not use hair dryer or heat gun near vellum. Do over.

Step 10. Spatter the page using a paintbrush and thinned acrylic and add some journaling. I am the world’s worst spatterer, but this method actually worked well for me. Not so much with toothbrushes and a special spattering brush. Below is the finished page with detail.


NOTE: Athanasia likes to staple things down. I wasn’t keen on this idea, but I did use a little craft stapler with bright pink staples to staple down the tag so that no glue would show through.


In the interest of keeping balance in my life, I will make the dark page at a later time. I am working on finishing a quilt for entry in a local quilt show. I’ll write about that in a future post after it is finished. Till next time…



Artist or imposter?

Or maybe just student. I started an online mixed-media class, Wanderlust 2019.

I have occasionally dabbled in mixed-media art but have saved up more things, from ticket stubs to found objects to bits of electronics, than I will ever use. I gathered up all of my art supplies and bought some more. I got so busy at the end of the year, I didn’t have an art journal and hadn’t made any background pages. Last Friday, I just dove in and didn’t quit until yesterday. Now it’s time to get back to other tasks like The (Neverending) Photo Project and The Monster List. That Balance thing again.

Typography (Kasia Avery) was this week’s theme. I did two pages and plan to make one more about my word for the year (Balance).

Typography 1: Spray background with analogous colors, let dry. Tear words from dictionary (or print from internet) that depict your initials; I ripped out candy, calligraphy, and paper. I ripped papers and included an old business card I found the other day. Stencil on some designs with white gesso. Add some blotches of white gesso and scratch out your initials or name before it dries. Write in random thoughts.

give me a home with paint, paper and glitter

dictionary: use for weighing down stuff or collage

pen, mightier than the sword, it is.

where’s the fabric?

a day w/o glitter is just a day

some pens are the Pitts

scratched out cccp what?


Typography 2. Paint backgound with analogous colors. My red came out of the tube in a huge splotch. I could have scooped some of it up into a little jar, but just went with it and used a Catalyst contour tool to break up the monotony. I was going to add a complementary green paint so I sealed the page with clear gesso. Changed my mind, added green papers and cheese cloth and some glossary pages from an old dress pattern. Next I stamped the alphabet and words starting with “typ,” including atypical.

When I sealed the page, the stamped letters ran where they were on top of the clear gesso. I think it adds interest and you can still read the letters/words.

Here are some of my background pages (from Kasia Avery) which will be used in future lessons.

Misty Layers: White gesso (dry), spray four analogous colours (dry), spray one complementary colour (dry), sprinkle with water.


Tape and Paint: Tear random strips of low-tack tape, spread acrylic paint using analogous colours, let dry; rip off tape, place in different areas, paint; repeat. I pretty much covered up my previous tapings on green/yellow, but it’s an interesting background.

Peeled Paint: Thin layer of black gesso, dry. Spread metallic paint with cosmetic pad (cotton), wipe off with a wet cosmetic pad; repeat. I only had one metallic paint (other than black) so I used some glitter paint.


Doily Masking: Use spray mount to hold doilies in place; apply thin coat of thick gel medium with metal spatula. I purposely filled in the larger holes but should have left them plain. Peel off doilies (wash, do not dry); apply soft, dry pastels with paper towel (European term: kitchen roll). Seal with fixative.

Doily Lifting: I applied a doily to a dry painted background. The doily did not wick up color. I tried a thinner store bought doily; no luck.

Thread and Texture: Apply thin layer of clear gesso with metal spatula, place string/thread randomly, push down w/palette knife, add more gesso if necessary. Sprinkle on fine glitter, let dry; spread with thin layer white gesso. I used threads that I save up when sewing plus some small fabric confetti I save for landscapes.


Next week, the theme is Perfectly Imperfect. Woohoo. Till next time…