I love horseshoes - obviously I love the feet they are on - and what they represent - good fortune, luck, prosperity, and the noble steed. So I have decided to do a series of 6x6 paintings based on color and emotion. I like them grouped together to make a whole other piece.
Now is the time to start going back through pages and adding new elements and details to them. I find that time away from the page gives you a new perspective and angle to your work. Above I used tape to block out parts of the title page and to highlight the title of the
Over the years I have taken many classes from Jules - and I must say above all people she has influenced my work the most. So I have compiled a book of all of her workshop guides into one Master Tome ~ it is kind of like having her there - pushing me, irking me, pissing me off, making me cry which of course all results in making me grow, evolve, learn, and become more in touch with myself. No, it's not the same thing as having her magical presence, but in my head I can hear her voice and swear I can see those eyes glaring at me with pursed lips and raised eyebrows! That's what a great teacher does for you - they push you - hard - to give more of yourself - to be better ...
My goal is to collect them all so I am off to her Etsy shop to purchase the ones - the few that I don't have.
So if you haven't taken a class with Jules - DO - you will never be the same!
I have been working on a series of "thematic journals"
that I will be teaching at an upcoming workshop and thought that I would pass this along to all of you. Over the next few weeks I will post instructions and progress. If you would like to join in please comment and leave your link and I will post them so that others can enjoy the process.
Part One: Journal Prep
A hardback picture book that has a theme that speaks to you and has great images. (Barnes and Noble bargain section is great, yard sales, etc)
gesso in black and white
caran d'ache neo color II
variety of papers
Step 1: Select a book
Step 2: Go through book and mark pages that you really like to highlight.
Step 3: Glue together pages that you don't care for to give pages that you do more weight.
Step 4: Gesso pages
paint over whole text pages
paint over page but highlight an image or portion of an image
Step 5: Tear down pages
using a metal ruler placed at the spine of the book tear down two pages at a time.
insert a variety of papers by gluing into the middle of this leftover tab.
tabs can be gessoed or painted over
*I use dyed papers, watercolor paper, printed paper, etc.
Step 6: Add paper elements to pages using matte medium or glue.