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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…