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Friday, August 3, 2012

Frosted Designs Color Challenge - Another Art Journal Page

 It has been a long while since I posted about the art journal that I made out of white denim fabric or shared any of the pages inside.  The Color Challenge at Frosted Designs seemed like the perfect opportunity to work on some things that had been kicking around in my head for a few weeks.  The color inspiration for this challenge is this picture:

About two months ago I printed the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Moulin Rouge poster (from a "Permission Free" Dover CD) knowing that it was for a page in my journal.  It has been moved all around on my desk until I could finally find time to use it.  I also knew that I had been wanting to try mixing dye based re-inker with modeling paste. The bricks were made with CTMH Barn Red re-inker and Liquitex Modeling Paste and a Crafter's Workshop template.  It was awesome that so many things were falling into place!

The pages of this book are all made of a heavy weight denim.  On this page I applied a layer of gesso before painting with acrylic paints.  And then the layering fun began!

Modeling Paste and CTMH Barn Red Ink  for Bricks

The words on this page relate to my constant state of worry.  If worrying could be an art-form, I would have it perfected.  I am trying to spend some time helping myself to worry a bit less... so this it what it says:

As the weight of the bricks
became too much
it occurred to her
She could dance
She could fret
she could not do both at the same time

Art Journal Page on Denim

There is a stamped image that says: "Note to self" pointing to the handwritten words, "Don't worry".  On the label at the bottom left corner it says "Be Happy!"

Maybe one day the happy will be allowed to exist in my mind without worrying that something untoward will befall someone I care about!  In the meantime, my art gives me a healthy vehicle to explore what is on my mind.

I hope you find time to make art for yourself. If it happens to follow the colors of the Challenge at Frosted Designs, we'd love it if you would play along with us!  Please link up your card, layout or off the page project here.

Thank you for visiting!  Be happy!


  1. I love this!! You did an amazing job with the color challenge and your journal page is fabulous! I adore the way you made all those tiny bricks!

    barb :)

    1. Thanks, Barb! It has been a good learning experience for me to work in the art journal that I made. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it. Beverly