Black Gesso and Soap with Colored Pencils
|Quickly run the completed journal pages under running water to rinse off the soap.|
The completed (wet) piece (left and below) includes the strong black lines where the soap was with the vibrant colors of the pencils.
|Notice the torn pieces (lower L & R) caused by the pages sticking together.|
|The pages stuck together, and I easily "repaired" the damage with layers of the same color acrylic glaze.|
Index of Ideas
|An index on the last two pages of an art journal helps ID themes & reflections.|
|The washi tape "masks" out the space below.|
|The completed index.|
|Detail of the completed index.|
Fixing a Rubber-Stamped "Typo"
|Typo: Insights is misspelled.|
Spelling is not my strength, and it seems to be particularly bad when I'm rubbing stamping words into my art journal. Inevitably the next day (or week) I look back and notice the damage done...long after the ink has permanently set. To repair, you need to paint over the "typo" misprint with multiple layers of your original color. In this example, I used white gesso to white-out the incorrect letters. White on bright orange required 6-8 light coats of gesso with drying time between layers.
|"White out" the letters using multiple layers of white gesso.|
|Re-stamp with the correct spelling using the original ink color.|
Block Prints in Liturgical Shapes
It's easy to make your own block printing design blocks. I created a collection of copyright free Christian symbols; sized them to 3-1/2 inches; used each as a pattern to cut out the shape from thin sheets of craft foam available at Hobby Lobby & Michael's. Clue the shapes on blocks (my husband cut a cedar 4x4 into 4" cubes). Paint with the desired color of acrylic and block print to your heart's content. In this example, I chose symbols that connect with the theme of the journal page ["Community of Dreams"]; the dove represents the Holy Spirit; Trinity (right side); PAX (Peace of Jesus); and crosses. I created a simple "site map" of the Community Fellowship "campus" as of October 2013. The simple line art shows the layout of the buildings of this new church development. The postcard makes the connection to my experience of church as a child to the DNA of the church I was called to "plant" in South Texas.
Preaching Prep Experiment
After attending a workshop on preaching, I gave myself a self-assignment to intentionally experiment with my preaching preparation and "performance" style(s). Immediately following the workshop I used a journal page to identify specific resources that I could use during the next few months for my "continuing ed" on preaching. Some portions of the homework assignment were open-ended as I asked myself to remain open to the muse of preaching prep. After several months I went back and wrote on top of the original layout what I had learned about the experience in experimenting with preaching prep and presentation. Tip: Sharpie oil-based markers are excellent for writing the "top layer" as they easily mark on top of most surfaces.
I like the creative and reflecting thinking which occurs during the process of "eliminating text." Begin with a page of written text-either as part of your altered book journal or a separate page that you can glue to your journal. Read and re-read the page of text and mark out ("eliminate") words that do not apply to what you are thinking about. Let the words that keep jumping out at you remain uncovered.
|Paint two pages with white gesso and make a pattern with masking tape.|
|Use different watercolor combinations and sponges to create unique textures.|
|Make each block different.|
|Carefully remove tape.|
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