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  • Make a Mess ….

    ‘Make a mess, clean it up’. That was the instruction on this page …

    Make a Mess

    Make a Mess


    … and I know it doesn’t look very much like a mess, but if you saw how I made it you would have have to agree that I followed the instructions!!

    I had been working on the Kelly Rae inspired journal that I’m currently making and had various surfaces covered in leftover paint lying over my desk. I should have taken some pictures … but it was the early hours of the morning and I was more concerned with getting cleared up and into bed. But I hate just throwing things away! Then I remembered this page in the ‘wreck my journal’ and I knew what to do!! I used a very wet paintbrush to loosen all the dried paint and plonked the journal into the wet paint. I did this several time until all the paint was used up … et voila!! … one completed jounal page and nice clean surfaces … mission accomplished 🙂

    The scan of this next page really doesn’t do it justice.

    Draw Lines ....

    Draw Lines ....


    The page instruction said to ‘Draw lines using abnormal writing utensils dipped in ink or paint’. I went for the paint option and dipped into it a paper clip, a hair grip, a make-up brush/comb, a cardboard tube, a plastic covered wire tie, a lolly stick, a bottle top, a button, and a staple remover. It looked Ok … but I wasn’t finished! I added a thick layer of glossy gel medium and used a small comb to make lots of ridges in it. Then I left it to dry. I love the way it turned out … it has a really great texture … the only problem is that the gel medium sticks to itself when the book is closed and it is quite difficult to prise the pages apart … but it make a wonderful noise when you’re doing it!!

    By on Friday September 4th, 2009 at 00:23 in altered book, Artistic Ramblings, messy craft, recycling, Wreck This Journal - Comments Off on Make a Mess ….

    Burning, Making Coffee and Licking the Page!

    Yes! …. I finally got around to the burning page in my journal.

    Burn This Page!

    Burn This Page!


    It was quite scary how fast the page burned … I had to use the coffee I’d made for the next page to douse the flames!
    Fling Your Coffee!

    Fling Your Coffee!


    As I don’t drink coffee, I thought I’d add my own twist to this page … I made the coffee and spilt it over the page (and the rest of the book – it really is a multi sensory book now!!) then shook some coffee graunles onto the page and gave them a good stir with my fingers. Result … one very smelly, sticky page!!

    While I was in the kitchen I thought I might as well do the tongue painting page!!

    Tongue Painting!

    Tongue Painting!


    I used food colouring straight from the bottle …. quite a colourful result!! The journal is getting quite hard to close now …
    Expanding Journal

    Expanding Journal


    … in more ways than one!! It’s so freeing and inspirational … and I’ve still got loads of blank pages!!

    By on Wednesday September 2nd, 2009 at 00:03 in altered book, Artistic Ramblings, messy craft, Wreck This Journal - Comments Off on Burning, Making Coffee and Licking the Page!

    Digital Comment on yesterday’s circle page …..

    I just couldn’t wait to play with yesterday’s circle page, so this morning I started playing! First I created these three 12×12 papers which you can download free by clicking on the link in the right margin.

    Circles in Pink and Purple

    Circles in Pink and Purple


    Circles in Red and Blue

    Circles in Red and Blue


    Inverted Circles

    Inverted Circles


    Not content with that – I then created my own digital scrapbook journal page. I hope you like it 🙂
    Playing with Textures

    Playing with Textures


    The circle inserts are taken from pages in my Wreck This Journal Book – Do you recognise them?

    By on Saturday August 29th, 2009 at 22:15 in Artistic Ramblings, Free Downloads, Wreck This Journal - Comments Off on Digital Comment on yesterday’s circle page …..

    Challenge – Use Ordinary Household Objects to ‘Fill This Page With Circles’

    I’ve always been a fan of recycled craft projects and using everyday objects in unexpected ways, so when I saw the instruction to ‘Fill this Page with Circles’ I took on the challenge to use ordinary household objects to create these effects.

    Fill This Page With Circles

    Fill This Page With Circles


    I started off with a bottle lid, then moved on to a wine cork and its cover. Next I used the cardboard tube from the centre of a roll of tin foil followed by a small roll of electrical tape. Lastly I used the top of an empty jam jar. I’m quite pleased with the finished effect and will probably use the image to create some background papers.

    By on Saturday August 29th, 2009 at 01:19 in altered book, Artistic Ramblings, Wreck This Journal - 2 Replies - Leave a Reply

    Golden Gel Mediums

    I’ve had my eye on them for some time now … coveting them!! Yesterday … I gave in and treated myself to this starter set of Golden Gel Mediums!!

    Golden Gel Mediums

    Golden Gel Mediums


    Having waited so long … I just had to have a play, and what better place than on the Draw with Glue page in my ‘Wreck this Journal’ book. I wasn’t too sure how to go about using them, so I tried a few different approaches … but the one I liked best was using an old rub-on stick (like an old fashioned lolly stick but made of plastic) to dob the gels onto the paper and then add some colour in the form of lumiere paint. The scanned image really doesn’t do justice to the amazing textures …
    Draw with Glue

    Draw with Glue


    … I just have to keep stroking the page 🙂 I can’t wait to use them on a serious project!

    By on Friday August 28th, 2009 at 01:17 in altered book, Artistic Ramblings, messy craft, Wreck This Journal - Comments Off on Golden Gel Mediums

    Altered Vans and pencil shavings …..

    Altered Vans and pencil shavings are two of my latest experiments ….

    Altered Vans

    Altered Vans


    The Vans (as in shoes) were on special offer, but I thought they were a bit boring being black and white, so I got my new Sharpies and coloured them in!! Now I can wear them with any outfit as they are all the colours of the rainbow 🙂
    Glue Random Items ...

    Glue Random Items ...


    On a messier note … I have been glueing random items on these pages for a while now, but the other night when I was emptying my pencil sharpener after shapening all my water colour pencils I wondered what the shavings would look like stuck to this page. This is the result! No only does it look good but it smells good too 🙂 ( I love the smell of pencil shavings!)

    By on Wednesday August 26th, 2009 at 00:30 in Artistic Ramblings, messy craft, Wreck This Journal - Comments Off on Altered Vans and pencil shavings …..

    Experimental Journal

    It’s amazing how in the few short weeks since I acquired this book my perception of it has changed.

    Journal after 2 weeks

    Journal after 2 weeks


    It is no longer simply a book I bought from Amazon …. it has become my treasured experimental journal. It has gone from being a pristine empty tome, to a highly colourful extremely tactile piece of art. It still has lots of blank empty pages waiting to be experimented on, but they are slowly disappearing.

    I can’t remember the last time I got hold of some pens and just scribbled with them …. but I really must try to do it more often – it’s so liberating!! And it looks good as well 🙂

    Scribble Your Worries Away!

    Scribble Your Worries Away!


    The left hand page above is the revese of the right hand page below which was made by made by scribbling on texture plates with a pencil (the left hand page below uses wax crayons over the texture plates)
    Pencil and Wax Crayon Rubbings

    Pencil and Wax Crayon Rubbings


    I’m getting quite addicted to cutting holes in pages …. for this hole I used a grungeboard key as the template for the first hole, then made each successive hole a little smaller. I’m quite pleased with the way it came out!
    Key Cut Through Several Layers

    Key Cut Through Several Layers


    I stuck the cut outs on the facing page.

    I still have lots of fun pages to do and some major wrecking processes to try out, so keep watching!!

    By on Friday August 21st, 2009 at 00:42 in altered book, Artistic Ramblings, Wreck This Journal - Comments Off on Experimental Journal

    Smelly Plants, Messy Hands and Gooey Paint!

    Smelly plants, messy hands and gooey paint …… mmmm …… now what could I have been up to? …. Yes, you’re right …. I’ve been playing with/destroying my journal over the weekend!

    The hot weather has killed most of the weeds wildflowers that normally can be found in my garden, but I managed to find a few, and some lovely variegated leaves. I’m no gardener …. my thumbs are black – not green …. so I have no idea what any of the plants I gathered are called apart from the one at the bottom right corner which is mint …. It’s smelled the whole book out! Any ideas anyone?

    Pressed Leaves and Other Things

    Pressed Leaves and Other Things


    Painting my hands is much more my kind of thing …..
    Painted Hand Prints

    Painted Hand Prints


    …… and dripping and squidging paint …… Yes! Lead me there!! Just one slight problem ….. the paint was soooo thick (even after the squidging) that it didn’t want to dry. So I set the heat gun on it and nearly caught the page on fire!! Even though the paint is now dry … I still have to prise the pages apart as they keep sticking together 🙂
    Drip Something!

    Drip Something!


    p.s. If you look really closely …. you can see where the paint bubbled and blistered!

    By on Monday August 17th, 2009 at 15:58 in Artistic Ramblings, messy craft, Wreck This Journal - Comments Off on Smelly Plants, Messy Hands and Gooey Paint!

    Sew a Zentangle!

    The minute I saw the instruction to “Sew this page”, I just knew I had to try to sew a zentangle! Check out the Zentangle website for all the info … but simply put it’s a styalised doodle! I’ve been drawing Zentangles for quite a while now (check out my flickr set if you’d like to see what I’ve done) but this is the first time that I’ve tried to sew one! It took a lot longer than a hand drawn one as I had to prick out the design with a pin before I sewed it, but I like how it turned out!

    Sew a Zentangle

    Sew a Zentangle


    But I wasn’t happy with it as a journal page! So I got out my water colour pencils and coloured the facing page, then gave it a water wash and squished the two pages together to transfer some of the colour. It looked much better, but I still wasn’t completely happy so I added some Webbing spray in gold ….. et voila!!
    Sew a Zentangle - with added colour!

    Sew a Zentangle - with added colour!


    Most people would leave it there, but once I have an image scanned into my computer … I just can”t resist having a little play!! This is my favourite digital enhancement (I pressed the Invert Button!)
    Sew a Zentangle - Coloured and Inverted

    Sew a Zentangle - Coloured and Inverted

    By on Thursday August 13th, 2009 at 22:19 in altered book, Artistic Ramblings, Wreck This Journal - Comments Off on Sew a Zentangle!

    Altered Business Meeting!

    Today I took my ‘Wreck This Journal’ book to the Thanet Venture Group’s monthly meeting with a simple request ….” Would they please each do something on the ‘Hang this Journal in a Public Place’ page. I provided lots of coloured marker pens for them to play with and they added some coffee/tea and biscuits. The original intention was for them to complete it during the break, but the book was passed round continually throughout the meeting causing much hilarity and raising some really great issues. It definitely made for an altered business meeting! This is the result 🙂

    Hang the Journal in a Public Place page

    Hang the Journal in a Public Place page


    The book is starting to look really battered now ….
    Wreck This Journal - Battered Front Cover

    Wreck This Journal - Battered Front Cover


    …… but there are still plenty of pages left to have fun with – keep watching this space for further updates!

    By on Tuesday August 11th, 2009 at 23:12 in altered book, Artistic Ramblings, Wreck This Journal - 2 Replies - Leave a Reply