This week’s technique was paint over collage, a new one for me. I made the collage from photos from Vogue, handmade papers and my trusty Practice Householder vintage magazine. As Tam suggested, I took a photo after finishing the collage.


Following Tam’s instructions, I used Neocolor 2s, acrylic paints, colored pencil to redraw the face, stamps, Pitt pens, Sakura pens, and a little Peerless watercolor. Here is my finished page:


Had some trouble with the colored pencil scatching off the magazine layers. I used Modge Podge to glue it down and am glad I bought the smallest bottle. I don’t like the scent, it’s thickness, and it doesn ‘t work as well for me as matte gel medium. I have  bit left and will reserve it for journal pages.

I also used clear gesso for the first time and love it.

I mostly like the page.  I really like how the layers build on each other. I even like the pastel-ish background.  Had some trouble with the face – her mouth is just a bit off center. Her original hand did not vanish as much as I would have liked, but not bad for a second try. The first try being in my class art journal, of course.

I am really enjoying Life Book and very glad I signed up for it. I am also pretty happy with my art progress after 7 months.

I haven’t posted much on the Express Yourself assignmnents. I am still on Expressive Eyes, which has a lot of homework and I love eyes, so I admit to a certain amount of savoring the work.