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altered life thursday

March 10, 2011

i am always hesitant to start a weekly feature on the blog. i worry that i will start something that i won’t be able to follow through with. so i don’t do anything. it is that dang perfectionist rearing it’s ugly head. but then i thought that is ridiculous. who cares if i don’t follow through? who cares if it is a total flop? i will have learned something along the way and know what does and doesn’t work for me.

so i have decided to start altered life thursday in which i share an altered page every week. i think it sounds doable and at the same time a good challenge. i like the idea of creating something on a weekly basis. and it does help to have some accountability.

why altered life? because my life has been altered by art. there are days when i feel like my life is an altered book. a discarded book that has been transformed into a book filled with color, pattern, texture, inspiration and hope.

this week i was playing around with texture in my journal. i achieved this look by using gesso and tissue paper.  it was something that i hadn’t really done before in an altered book. then i layered inks and markers over the fun texture. the only annoying thing was that i couldn’t really write on it, so i had to collage in my words. no big deal.

i had fun playing. i hope you enjoy.

texture in gesso

texture in gesso

altered book page

texture in gesso

altered book thursday

texture in gesso

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2011 11:59 am

    Wow… love the colors. Which markers did you use?

    • March 10, 2011 1:04 pm

      thanks astrid! i used copic markers. i find that they work really well with the spray inks.

      • March 10, 2011 1:08 pm

        Thanks for your reply. Maybe I just have to try them out one day 🙂

  2. joanne permalink
    March 10, 2011 4:05 pm

    I looked at the pictures before i read it and was wondering how you got such wonderful texture.Now I know,ha ha.Those colours are my favourite.I always use them in anything I paint.

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