Saturday, 13 April 2013

Alpha Journal - progress so far

This is what I've created so far in my Alpha Journal (in alphabetical order, not necessarily in the order it was painted). For more and better photos, go to my Flickr

A is for Attitude
I was testing my hand-made stencils on this page. I tried to be as random as possible. I nearly ruined (or so I thought) the background by adding the yellow stripes using my hand-carved stamp - I was THIS close to gessoing all over it. I'm glad I didn't. It looks perfect with the faces and the quote and words.
The faces were inspired by my online friend Julia's painting. I'm not an expert on faces and I discovered, when you cut the face in halves, it hides some of the imperfections.

[quote by Winston Churchill]

B is for Books
I really love this spread - the green colour, the background book collage, the white drippage, the quote - everything.

[quote by William Hazlitt ] 

C is for Confidence
This page started with two Celtic circles in texture paste (testing my stencils again) and bright yellow/orange paints. Then I started experimenting with my home-made sprays and it turned muddy and brownish... I tried to save it with some yellow and some doodles, but I don't like the result much...

[quote by Marianne Williamson] 

D is for Discipline (a.k.a. Drippage gone too far)
First, I embossed white cardstock using my Tim Holtz embossing plates. I cut the cardstock to smaller pieces and glued them down randomly. And then I spent some time dripping paint all over it. Drippage can be addicting - the key is to stop at the right time. Well, I didn't...

[quote by Jim Rohn] 

E is for Efficiency (and Effectiveness)
After I printed and hand-cut the letters (aaah, way too many E's and F's...), I discovered I couldn't fit the quote on one side. There were two possibilities: A) to cut the letters again, smaller, B) to split the quote and have it on both sides. I chose B...

[quote by Peter Drucker] 

F is for Frustration
This page was supposed to look completely different  - I can still see it in my mind's eye - but I couldn't recreate it onto paper. This added even more to the frustration I was experiencing at the time of painting. But overall, it looks good.

[quote by Marie Chapian] 

CH is for Chaos
I used pieces of corrugated paper for the background. Then I added coarse paste to add more texture. The rest is paint, sprays and drippage.
Note: CH is a letter in the Czech alphabet - it comes after H and before I.  It is pronounced like in the Scottish loch, or German Bach. When looking up words for my C page, I found out, there are plenty of suitable ones beginning with CH. I just couldn't leave it be so I decided to dedicate one page to CH.

[quote by Dean Koontz] 

K is for Kindness
I used my new hand-cut stencil for the background and acrylic paints.

[quote by Scott Adams] 

Q is for Questioning 
My favourite tissue/deli paper technique on the background + acrylic paints + lots of drippage.  I recorded making of this page for YouTube. But the video needs some editing so I'm not sure when it's going to be published...

[quote by Albert Einstein] 

S is for Silly
I had this "silly" mood for about three weeks - I made a lot of silly collages, inspired by Teesha Moore.
The background is created using Dylusions sprays and my handmade stencils.

[quote by Ludwig Wittgenstein] 

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