Friday, October 18, 2013

Happy Accidents


You know how much I am loving my waste paint journal, it is my current favorite and it goes everywhere with me, I have added a heap of quotes I had printed out and had laying around from a class I am teaching and I have been working my way through the pages but I have found an annoying problem, especially when my journal is in a warm car for a period of time the pages are sticking together and then when I try to separate them they sometimes tear.


So I have been coming up with ideas for repairing the pages and ways to overcome the sticking.  I have a growing washi tape obsession so that is a good way to repair tears and in the top image you can see a bright pink cross of washi tape under the little bird, it worked well to repair the tear and then I stenciled over it to tone it down a little and I love it. The page above had a big tear as well so for this one I glued in a paper doiley that I had been using as a mask, it repaired the page and added texture and interest to the page.



Some of my ideas for overcoming the sticky pages are using waxy mediums on the top layer of the page, things like neocolour II's oil pastels, crayons or rubbing with a white candle all really help or chalky mediums also help soft pastels or inca gold or a light coat of talcum powder or corn flour are unseen but effective.  Another idea I am using is adding a page or a different barrier between my thick acrylic pages, like this tip in, I painted, collaged and stenciled over a sturdy piece of packaging to add a lovely rounded edge barrier that has a place underneath for more private ponderings.

6 comments:

  1. I've got the sticky pages thing happening in my very first altered book (which is almost finished) Thanks for the tips and tricks, I'm going to try some of them, maybe all........loving your art.

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    1. Thank you lovely Kat, the sticky pages is a perennial issue and one I think is exacerbated in the warm balmy climate we share.

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  2. Maybe for travelling...pop them in a plastic bag and into your portable cooler :)

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    1. That is a great idea when travelling.

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  3. Hehe I always say that there is no mistakes only creative explosions that turn in masterpieces!! LOVE your journal pages and I think that the pink tape and stencil work over it on the top photo adds so much to the picture, and I so love the saying in your second photo! :-) Beautiful work!

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  4. Thank you Janene, I totally agree about the mistakes, there are no wrongs in art :)

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