Monday, June 18, 2012

Gooeyness, Stickiness, Rippage

In case you can't tell from the title, I've been up to my elbows in gesso, glue, gel medium, and stacks of paper. I am working in my altered book and have been prepping pages and then waiting for the gesso to dry before playing with image transfers, paints and collage. I've been spending my Tiger baseball watching with a magazine and scissors cutting out words that might come in handy in my art.

One really problematic thing is that my waxed paper is sticking to the pages and sometimes pulling off some of the things I've put onto the pages. Have you ever had that problem? Is it product? I'm using Golden Gel Medium as my main "glue", Liquitex Gesso, and a variety of paint products including Neocolor II crayons, Golden acrylic paints, watercolor paints and many pens. Could it be that I am reusing the waxed paper too much? Is there some kind of contaminant on it that is sticking to the pages instead of keeping them from sticking to each other? Help! Help! I'm afraid much of the fun disappears if my pages begin to disintegrate when I pull the waxed paper off.

Here is a pile of torn papers that compelled me to include "rippage" in the title.

Much of this is from "art starts" that I bought at a warehouse sale at USArtQuest.

I am happy with some of the pages and will share them here.

Obviously Neocolor IIs bleed when PPA is brushed over it. The pear is cut from wallpaper.

The pear and apple were drawn with Neocolor II crayons.

See the damage beneath the lady image transfer?

This is the facing page of the trees below.

Long wrinkles in this page suggested trees and so.....

Both the backwards text and the stamp in the corner are image transfers.

I also spent a little time doing some quick sketching in my everyday sketchbook.

And what blog post would be complete without a picture of a guest artist at work? This is my youngest guest artist. I predict you will be seeing a lot of her and her work here in the future.

I am happy to report that I ran a 5K on the treadmill yesterday. I am a bit sore today, but then I haven't been jogging since I hurt my back last weekend. I am just about to get ready for my fitness/conditioning class this morning and am hoping the stretching will help with the soreness.

I hope to spend more time collaging today and am tempted to pull out a small canvas and try that as my substrate to see how that works out.

What are you planning for today? Are you making time for yourself and your creative spirit? I hope so. Do share your art online - there is such a warm, supportive community in cyberspace, which is so helpful especially for those of us who work primarily alone. 



  1. my guess is the wax paper.....from being used too often the wax wears off and stops doing its job...JMO

  2. Hi, Vicki! I've been doing a lot of mixed media things in my journal, and have just fallen in love with the process! I just did a spread using just the things you describe: gel medium transfers, collage, acrylics and neocolors. I used waxed paper between the pages of the spread I was working on and the pages behind it, just to keep the paint from spilling over onto those other pages. Then, when I was done, I gently "unstuck" the waxed paper to make sure it didn't become permanent there. It seems to me that it will stick as long as the pages are not dry. Does that make sense?

  3. You've been busy! I really like your kiwi sketch. That guest artist is sooo adorable! Look at the pure joy in her face.

  4. What BIG fun today's post is. Your passion and energy are wonderful. Thanks for sharing the girls' art, love it. Jan

  5. Cutest guest artist ever!! Lovely 'altered book' pages as well. I am never very patient with that sort of project, so I am always impressed by those of you who do such a good job of it!
    Also as a bit of a running fanatic, I've got to say congrats on the 5K. Great job!

  6. Lovely creations ~ very expressive and great use of 'torn papers' ~ love the new artist's appearance ~~ thanks, ^_^ ( A Creative Harbor)

  7. What a great post! I love your pages and sketches, and of course who wouldn't love little Z? I'll see you Wed and I promise not to bring any duct tape. Hugs, nancy

  8. You have been, all those pages and all that fun rippage....I really like the pink apple page!! The budding little artist says it all in her joy on her face while she is making cute!