Thursday, October 28, 2010

be yourself

this week has been a crazy school week for the kids,
but working in my art journal has been very do-able.
sometimes I'd rather be a mad painter in an airy light-filled loft
... but I'm a mom, driver, cook, maid, etc ...
and surely, 
if I were the mad artist in a loft
... I would wish for momming, driving, cooking, etc....

so I doodle
and I blog

Here's how I did these pages:
ink-jet printed image 
(it's me at age 6)
mod-podged face down
about an hour later, dampen ink jet paper
carefully rub and peel away paper, leaving image behind
mod podged second image face up
a bit of gesso to soften the edges
a bit of color (I used watercolor pencils)
tea bag paper for my words
words mod-podged down
a little more gesso, color and doodling
just trying to be myself today


Dianne said...

Love this!

Robin said...

I couldn't agree with you more about your first comments! Your journal pages are so cute....just like your picture!! Have a great week!


Lynn Cohen said...

I love your journal pages. Precious six year old face!!! Love the process of transfering. Thanks again for sharing techniques. So much appreciated.

Yes, there are days I am at work as a counselor that I wish I was completely retired and home just making art. Then there are days I am home making art and feeling stuck, need a break from it, so go to work and get that break. I also still like the feeling of helping people there. So it's a back and forth internal struggle...but I think I can honestly say I get a fair share of both experiences to give me balance and joy in my life.
Oh, and I love that I have a grandparents sleep over planned fora few weeks hence where I'll get to play with my SIX YEAR OLD grandkids. ;-)

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Great pages,such a cute little pic too!
Yes, I know what you mean, I agree with you about the Being the mad painter In the loft and the mom (mum for me in the UK)
I've not had the chance to attempt my pages yet, my boys are on school hols,and puppy had his op yesterday, so am looking forward to trying the transfer next week!
Jan x

Healing Woman said...

Thanks so much for showing! This is a great way to express a reflection.

Halle said...

I love this! Both the technique and the words!

sukipoet said...

thanks for the tutorial. makes me want to try it immediately. plus, be yourself not just a reflection is a great "motto" for the Magpie Tales weekly installment story I am doing. I have only done two installments so far but I left our heroine facing herself in a mirror and wanting to get out into nature. Hmmm. Maybe that's the magic key for her. To "be herself."

Yeah, for driving, cooking, caring Moms.

~*~Patty S said...

Brilliant advice, creation and post dear Kimmie...thanks for sharing your creative process too!

You wear your many hats SO well!

Odd Chick said...

You were a beautiful little girl and now that little girl has become a joy to so many!

ELK said...

wow wow ..we wear so many hats.. i am glad that i know you here..your such an encouragment

Terri Kahrs said...

You're tutorials are always so "on point", Kimmie. I haven't mastered ink jet transfers, so will give the mod podge treatment a try. Love this spread!!! Wearing the hats is the easy part, it's juggling them and trying to keep them all in the air at once that's difficult!!! LOL!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Creatively Lisa said...

Wow. This is a great journal page. I love the transfer tutorial as well. What words of wisdom! Thanks.

ooglebloops said...

Thanks for sharing the how-to's!! Love your journal- your words ring true.

Also- that Canadian Ice Wine tea from Tea on Tues sounds interesting!!!

Caterina Giglio said...

wonderful pages Kimmie, and good advice, loved it that you considered the process and photographed the whole thing, I am usually way too consumed by the process to take photos, or even to remember to take photos!

Renee Howell said...

wonderful photo of YOU. Thanks for the mod podge tips. Good to take time to remember and document yourself. A good thing.

Gayle Pritchard said...

Busy is good, as they say :) Love seeing your transfer technique. Have you tried heat transfers on paper? Love how they work, especially if you alter the image first.

margie said...

can you come over to help me get started??

Gayle Price said...

Love, love, love this....... the look, the concept, the meaning, the process and how well you have told and shown each step... this has been my inspiration for the day... thank you .xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a positive message and a really great way of getting it across. I have never had luck with ink jet transfers, but it looks like you have. Awesome pages.

Rosie said...

Sometimes, you have to fight just to be "you"! Love this spread Kimmie! =)

beth said...

just had to leave a comment....i love this !

and when you see the name of my blog, you'll understand !