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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Junk Journal

I caught a tutorial on Junk Journaling and thought  "Well, now I can clean up some of my junk I've been keeping around the studio."
  Gather up that broken jewelry, those findings you bought on sale at Michael's,  broken pieces of things you never repaired, keys, seashells, etc. and see how easy it is to create a one of a kind Junk Journal.
(I even used failed and over cooked clay tile pieces ,broken belts , fabric bows etc.) You'll see below in the video and the pics.
It's best to gather up more junk than you think. More than likely , however ,you won't use it all.

Here is what I gathered up for the event.

Get started by protecting the journal by adding newspaper or wax paper sheets inside the back and front covers. This is a messy project. This is meant to protect the inside pages.
Give your journal cover a quick coat of Gesso.
After that dries you can start assembling pieces randomly. 
Try to start with some of your flatter items that will help add some character to your background. Using your hottest glue gun start gluing the items to the base/cover and continue to layer and layer and layer. 
I was trying to make that heart work but in the end it didn't make it to the finals.

Trim everything down that is hanging over the edges

This was my final assembly before I covered it in Gesso.
Crazy right? Now it's time to coat the whole thing in Gesso. Using a brush, just put a generous coating over the entire assemblage , making sure to hit all the little nooks and crannies. Afterwards, I sprayed with Dylusions to get the blue and turquoise colors. 
Next you'll want to dry brush with a bit of copper craft paint over the entire project. You could go gold or silver but I'm such a sucker for the copper.
In the end, I sprayed 2 coats of flat clear coat to help everything stay protected.
 Flat Clear Coat

Isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful .....

Many thanks for taking time to read along.


Coastal Bohemian

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Faux Fish Prints

Have you ever heard of Fish Prints ?

I fell in love with fish prints after visiting a  Montauk, NY street fair where I saw some of the most beautiful fish prints of Blue Fish, Octopus, Sea Bass etc.
BTW, fish prints were a form of recording the biggest catches in a time before we had cameras. See, they had to document their big fish tales.

Since we are a family of fishermen, I was fascinated. Next time we caught fish I was prepared to capture the prints of our fish.

For some reason I am fascinated with Kissy Fish. Our first Xmas together I bought my fiance a "Kissy Fish " ornament . Now I paint them.
Sitting around looking at a blank canvas the other day I began an outline of a fish. In my mind I didn't want to create a typical painted fish. I could see the fish prints in my mind and the  lovely textured scales and tails.
 Today 's Kissy Fish took on a new look with sea sponge painted 
texture and maps for her fins .

She is a true mixed media Coastal Bohemian.
Stay tuned for more Faux Kissy Fish Prints. I'm addicted. 
Looking forward to creating new prints with various stencils and more.

Thanks for following along .