Saturday, January 24, 2015

Journal: Guts- Part 3!


This journal is getting SO FAT. It's perhaps my bulkiest one yet and I've only been working at it for the current month. I'm very tempted to move on to the next journal, but I want to stick to keeping one for each month this year.

 What is it about a splatter of gesso that just adds so much?

 On the left is a screen-capture of a Hozier video, which I printed, drew on, sewed on, and mutilated a bit. I spend ridiculous amounts of time watching music videos. It only makes sense that they'd end up in my journals.

 I really need to work on the balance of text and art in my journals. It's just been wordswordswords lately.


 I have had these little Victorian dog stickers since I was 11. See? Paper (and sticker) hoarding totally pays off. Also, this spread photographed strangely. I don't really have Volturi eyes. *Wince*


 The "You live the surprise" sticker was sent to me by my friend, Caren, and she told me the artist's name and....I cannot remember for the life of me. I have a whole sheet. They're silver, which you can't tell in this photo.


 Want your own guts postcard?

 One time I was at Kinko's copying stuff, and there was a lady there with a pretty scarf, so I asked her to take it off and let me photocopy it. And that is the background of the right side of this spread.



 I had a totally legitimate reason to use an image of Mable Pines with a grappling hook in my journal. I feel like this makes me a success at life, pretty much.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Journal: Guts, part 2

It's time for part 2 of my January journal; Guts. I am filling this thing up really fast.

 Left: Gelli printed background made using a hand-burnt stencil, washi tape, homemade circle label, and a sticker by Ramon.
Right: Gelli printed background made with lace and a hand-cut stencil, printout of a text conversation (I've recently been using the program OneNote to translate screencaptures of text conversations into editable text so that I can better format them), washi tape, a hand-cut stamp with Ranger Archival Ink, and some doodling in Sharpie paint pen.

 Left: I've been drawing on tracing paper a lot lately, because it allows me to do a few drafts really easily, and then later it makes for fun effects in my journals. The parcel post labels I found in my grandpa's things after he passed away.
Right: Cutout of Maddie Ziegler and Shia LeBeouf from a still of Sia's Elastic Heart video. I mounted it on some wood grain cardstock.

 Left: I used a reverse cut of some floral cardstock on the back of my Maddie/Shia cutout....which makes for just an odd looking shape on the back side. But, I kind of like it. I added a little bit of doodling in embossing pen.
Right: Pocket page made with a little kraft envelope that I got with something I bought. I stamped over the entire page + envelope with a hand-carved pattern stamp, and then did the lettering in embossing pen. Inside the envelope is a recent letter from my BUFF (best uncle-friend forever).

 Left: Background is just pieced together scraps of gelli prints and scrapbooking papers. On top is a text-conversation printout, which I edited in photoshop to make the colors match the page. The date lettering is done with my favorite brush pen.
Right: Just a printout on scrapbooking paper.

Left: Bacground made with a hand-cut pattern stamp and distress ink.
Right: This page is a mess. The top 2/3 is a gelli print made with one of those net bags that avocados sometimes come in. It also had some big smudges of brownish paint on it. Who knows why I did that. So, I covered that up with a poorly cut out image of Hozier, wrote in white gel pen, and then added a scrap of patterned paper to the bottom, and some washi tape. Whatever. Junk page.


Left: Officially announcing my big fat crush on Chris Messina. I've been watching The Mindy Project and have fallen for him and his crooked smile and boy-band-dance moves. And then I found this photo of him with a beard. Be still my heart. He fit in here because the next several pages are a conversation between me and another beard-obsessed lady.


Left: Another "good stuff" list. I think I will continue this tradition through future journals.
Right: Fun with lettering, atop a gelli print with some added paint pen details.

Left: Gelli print + paint pen + gel pen.
Right: Brush pen drawing on cardstock, cut out and mounted on a stamped page. That's more Hozier lyrics. Some may have noticed that I kind of like him.
Left: Just a little washi tape "strap" to hold onto a piece of paper I needed to keep.
Right: A gelli print that I ran through my printer and also did some drawing on top.

Left: Paper piecing experiment. I designed the figure in Illustrator and then cut the pieces out with my Silhouette Cameo

Left: Another cutout. I really like these to break up the monotony of mostly-text pages,
Right: Gelli print with a typed-on cutout on top.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

First journal of 2015: Guts.

It's time for yet another new journal! I seem to be filling up about one a month lately. It's hard to stay in the right journal-keeping stride. When you have the free time to actually write, there's nothing to write about, and when all the stuff to write about is happening, there's no time to sit down with the journal. But, I guess I've hit a good balance lately. So, introducing my first journal of 2015: "guts".

This cover is seriously minimalist for me. It's very hard for me to leave things simple. Particularly because I cannot keep white things clean.


Left: My nephew-pup. I snagged the picture from facebook and decorated it with paint markers.
Right: "May your 2015 be more fuck yeah than fuck this" cutout, which I designed, but I stole the phrase from a friend.

Left: Just washi tape and a line stamp on watercolor paper. I have been trying to do less redacting lately, so I didn't disguise the fact that that page is totally filled with neurotic ponderings. This is how one fills a big fat journal in a month.
Right: I loved the paper that I made here- spray inks, distress inks and a tiled hand-carved stamp. Unfortunately I covered up most of it with a miserable text conversation. Someone recently told me that they admired my willingness to chronicle the bad times as well as the good. I think it's essential, but I also think that the bad times shouldn't waste your favorite paper.

Left: The bad continues.
Right: I made a little pocket page for some things that didn't fit in anywhere else. The image there is NOT MY ARTWORK. It's a  Louise Belcher fan piece by Skinny Mister. I just turned it into a sticker.

Left: Another background with a hand-carved tiled stamp, as well as the sister-piece to the previous page; Tina Belcher, also by Skinny Mister.
Right: Background is a gelli print that I made a while back with a hand-cut tulip mask.

Left: Stamps, patterned paper and washi tape.
Right: Painted page topped with stamps, doodles and some fish stickers made with vintage clip art.
Left: Gelli printed page with some Ren &a Stimpy cutouts and hand-lettering in paint marker and Pitt artist pen.
Right: A random "good stuff" list in brush pen and gel pen on top of a painted page.

Definitely my favorite spread in the whole journal as of yet. Not sure if it's just because Hozier's in it or not.

Gelli prints, washi tape, paint pens, random strips of paper. The eye design is from an old hand-cut foam stamp.

Left: This old book page was going to just be a background, but then I ended up liking one of the quotes.
Middle: I made little "dailies" cards for keeping tack of health stuff. But, then of course I made them a weird size, so I've had to get creative about how to add them to my journal.

Left: Old wrapping paper, paint and a word cutout.
Right: Scrapbooking paper with paint and gel pen. I love white gel pen on top of black paint.

This page gets a closeup because I love my layered cute here, even though the photo didn't fit in there quite right. The cut file is for sale here, in my Etsy shop..

Left: Scrapbooking paper, and more white gel pen on black paint.
Right: The original sketch for a stamp I carved last month, adhered with matte medium and then background filled with paint pen.

Cutouts, backed with painted pages.The right side is a quote from You've Got Mail. In defense of my taste in movies, I actually got the quote from The Mindy Project, which was quoting the movie.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Full journal- Human Animal

For AJED this week, I present to you an ENTIRE journal....because I've been too lazy all month to share as I go along, so I thought I'd spend a whole Friday scanning and blurring and resizing and going nuts.

I was so happy with my last journal that I used the same format for this one- 5x7 loose leaf, bound with binder rings. I also loved that my last journal had a title, so I named this one, too.

Human Animal. It seemed appropriate for this stage in my life.

WARNING: I did not redact my potty mouth this time around. 

 Cover- Gelli print, paint markers, cutouts, JenHoney sticker.

 Left- Background made with stamps and distress ink, lettering in brush pen, pitt pen, and tombow markers.

Right- gelli print topped with a cutout of my deerheart logo.

 Left- handmade stamp background with a typed entry on a cutout. I did things a little differently this time around by typing and printing almost all of my entries. It was mostly for laziness sake.

Right- Cutouts and printing on a painted page. Yes, that says existential boner.

 Dividing this spread is the original sketch for this painting:


 The sticker on the right is by Ramon Sierra, and it is also insanely cute.

 The divider page here is a gelli print on deli paper.

 Left background is a repeat pattern stamp that I made for Carve December.

 On the right is the mockup that I made as a template for another Carve December stamp. I heart Castiel. Also, there's a bunch of xmas cards behind that. 5x7 is a good journal size if you like to bind any greeting cards that you get.

 On the right is another repeating pattern stamp, atop a stencilled image.

 Another sticker by Ramon.

 The background on the right page here is made by gelli printing white paint on white paper and then adding spray ink. I love the effect.

The flower on the left is a layering/mixed media experiment. It's a little wonky, but I still like it. Also, I'd like to call attention to the fact that that rejection quote is by Marilyn Monroe. The moral of this story, folks, is that everyone feels like a loser sometimes.

 Boring spread, but check out the cute corner punch (lower left).



Facebook and text conversations make up for a huge chunk of this journal.

 On the right is a little pocket I made for 4 tiny drawings sent to me by Tyler Landry/Clav.

 I had to get real creative on the left here. I wanted to put the organ donor info that I got from renewing my license into my journal, but that DMV stationary is so damn ugly. I had it taped in, but couldn't stand the look of it, so I finally decided to cover it up with some tracing paper, to which I added a quote from crazy Jenny Schecter on the L Word. It seemed ironically appropriate.

 On the left is a card/t-shirt design I did a couple Christmasses ago.



 Anyone else MAD OBSESSED with Hozier right now? I haven't listened to him in...jeez...nearly an hour. Must fix this.
 I also love the lettering of his logo.

 There are actually way more pages like this one on the right, but I'm only sharing the ones I decorated a bit.

 Some more Carve December stamps.

 Felted letter stickers, hand lettering, and a homemade stamp.

 Left is a Facetime screencap.

 On the left I cut out the tracing paper that I used to transfer a sketch to stamp carving material.

 OK, this entire spread is just a bunch of bad ideas turned into a mess. The bra/ribbon is a very thin magnet, but still heavy enough that no adhesive would hold it.



The end. On to a fresh new 2015 journal!
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