Before Dylusions ~ A page from Spike’s Journal

I must admit, I haven’t gotten inky this past week. I have been taking a couple of photography classes (one is a portraiture class by Candice Stringham, I’m absolutely loving it and highly recommend her photography classes!). Although I am falling behind on an assignment plus a few other paper crafting things, I need to get my nose to the grindstone this week! EEEK!

This is a page that I haven’t blogged about! Although, if you’ve been to my Facebook page, this won’t be new to you but here’s a little more insight about it ;)

This is from my 9×12 Strathmore Mixed Media journal. I found it at Michaels and picked it up using their infamous 40% off coupon. :)

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What I absolute LOVE about this journal is that the pages are 140lb with a vellum finish. What does that mean? Well the pages are super heavy and I can spray heavily without worrying that it will soak through. Vellum finish, well that means the pages aren’t bumpy like a cold press water colour paper, they’re nice and smooth. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Dylusions art journal too but from time to time, I like to work in another type of journal. Different feel? Different perspective? I honestly don’t know but it somehow gets my creativity going. I have two of these Strathmore journals on the go as I’ll spray a page in one and use the other to blot it to use for another day. The only downside is that there’s only 22 pages in it.

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As the title states, “Before Dylusions”. This is true! I do LOVE all Dylusions products but there was a before time. I made up this page without Dylusions Spray Inks, I didn’t have any at this point. So I used a few colours of Adirondack Color Wash (which are more concentrated and don’t behave the same way with water as Dylusions) along with a couple of colours EcoGreen Acrylic Paint and Perfect Pearls or Smooch Ink (I don’t remember what I had used but if you look closely at the page, it’s the pearlescent areas that jump out). The border is one of Dyan’s.

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I don’t remember what magazine the image is from (I pull images from magazines that catch my eye and I toss it into a pizza box) but it had a beautiful feature with this model in a few cool artistic scenes. I just doodled with white Gel Pen over top after I had sealed it with Matte Multi-Medium.
I did learn something…don’t put matte multi-medium over top white gel pen as it will smear even when dry. The flower pattern on the model’s jacket was on the original photo, I just accented it.

Behind the model, I had used one of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s stencils with gesso, Peacock Feathers TCW268. The butterfly stamp and stencil are also by Julie.

I completed the page this past October but I just LOVE it so much (hence my avatars on FB and google/youtube!) that I’m contemplating on getting it framed.

As always, thanks so much for dropping in and have a wonderful week!

Love,

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4 thoughts on “Before Dylusions ~ A page from Spike’s Journal

  1. Spike, this is one of my favorite pieces of your art, yes you have to have it framed !
    It is very Special, love it !

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