Friday, 1 November 2013

November Calendar Journal Page

 Hi everyone - well the year is speeding past way too fast as normal.  Less than 8 weeks to Christmas - not that I'm trying to add to your stress or anything!! LOL!
Here's my November calendar journal page!!

When I started this at the beginning of the month I didn't really have any idea as to what I was going to do apart from the fact that I wanted to do mixed media on it.  I have been to a couple of classes in the last couple of months where we have layered up all sorts of different things to create a texture and I wanted to have a go at it myself at home. 
So I coated the page up with gesso using a scrapper (well in my case an old credit card) and left it quite rough.  Over this I randomly stuck down some lace curtain material, strips of me fix medical tape, Tim Holts tissue paper and and off cut of card which had a pattern punched into it.  Once the layers had dried I brushed on another light coat of gesso.
Once that  had dried Iadded some Dylusions ink sprays and some Fireworks mica sprays.  I sprayed some water on to get it dripping down the page and dried it off with the heat tool. It took quite a bit of drying as the background wasn't very absorbent.
In my paper stash draw (well its 2 actually - as I don't throw anything away) I found the embossed tree tag which I did a while ago and never used on the project it was intended for, a torn piece of embossed card and some tags, so I layered them up and glued them in place.
In my stamp draw I found this unused Octopode factory stamp and though he would work nicely as the focal point.  I coloured him using Inktense pencils and Dylusions ink and glued him on the front.
The date spaces were stamped in archival ink using a Tim Holtz stamp and I added some work stamping on the background.
The final touch was some doodling and blending some ink round the edge of the page with an ink blending tool.
I have to say as I only managed to do this in 10 minute slots, each time I returned to do a little more it changed direction, every time, so I'm quite pleased that I managed to pull it all together and make it work.
I will have to be careful what pen I use to write on it as most pens will smudge on this gesso surface.  
So all in all pleased with the result and I'm pleased that I had a go at the mixed media layering!!
Have a great month.
XXX hugs XXX


  1. Color (or texture) me impressed. I was surprised when I read how much you put into that page. You made it sound like it took forever (in 10 minute intervals). Please be careful because I ruined a Zig pen by writing over gesso. It gummed it up and the pen refused to write after that. I don't have really expensive pens, but each one is about $3.50 (USD), which to me is not cheap.

  2. Love it. I had changed directions a few times this month too.

  3. Love how your calendar turned out-the textures and colors are yummy and the composition is so eye pleasing!

  4. Well it's a huge success,love it, so nice to see something unusual instead of sticking to the usual format. xx

  5. Isn't the change in direction the best part of art!?!? Love your calendar. It looks like fall to me!

  6. Your November calendar is full of Fall color and looks wonderful. It will be a joy to fill in those blocks.


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