All taped up! Who can resist it? Lots of types...duct, masking, washi, cellophane, print, post it...well you get the idea. I keep a technique journal, where I try things and record the process, so if I need to replicate it, I know how! Here are three art journal pages I did using tape in various forms.
After glazing this page and writing what I wanted on it, I began to layer tape all over it. Cheap cello tape is my favorite...the 39 cent kind from the dollar store. It doesn't lay very flat. So when I added a burnt umber glaze over top of it, all those wrinkles and bumps caught the glazing nicely.
When finished, this page had a 'leathery' appearance to the background. I tore pieces of brown packing tape (a paper tape) from Staples and layered all over the page. It has a bit of a waxy finish, so I sanded it to remove that. Then I finger smeared it with a Golden glaze called Asphaltum (which is essentially black).
The background of this page is made up of torn strips of masking tape. I tried to lay it down in such a way as to give a basket weave appearance. I painted the whole thing a bright fuschia, but wiped the top 2/3 with a paper towel to lighten.
I decided this will be my last post for the muslin sketchbook. Once I finish all the pages and put it together, I will do a little Flip video to show the whole thing. But I get on these little 'tracks' and the posts begin to feel redundant! I have about 5 more pages (front and back) to do. So here is the last post on this for a while....Poppies! My fave.
I am slowly but surely working on these fabric pages. Ultimately, they will be stitched together on the tabs, seen on the side of the page, to form a book.
The pages are muslin, which are scraps on which I wipe off excess paints from my brush, while working on other projects. As a result, they have random backgrounds before I ever do anything else on them. Does that explain the splotchy colors here and there?
Pam Garrison is the queen of doodles! However, her doodles are pretty fantastic when all is said and done. I liked seeing the early stages of one of her calendar spreads, to see how she goes about her foundation work. Looks like mostly drawing basics in black ink, then going back and adding color, which she does gloriously. If you have never seen her work, check out her blog here.
I was trying some of the bunnies with the tutorial Carla Sonheim shows on her blog. I thought my students might like trying this in their art journals. Having two comical Westies, I thought I would try the technique with them. Here are a couple results.