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Altered Book: Messy Pink v1.2

On my unwritten art to-do list is finishing the Tekenfilm altered book. It's an illustrated children's book, with page spreads a gigantic 12x20". Here's a link to Messy Pink, which documents this page from the start. A bunch of the backgrounds are screaming for words. Really, I can hear them when things are quiet.

I've discovered a new way to relax, get unfocused by focusing on detailed work. Lettering can bring a state of flow, when you are so into what you are doing that you get lost in the process. You can take your time and get the letters as precise as you'd like. I spent a long time lettering these pages and found it as fun as drawing. Really, it has a different kind of challenge.

I edged the letters with a white Treehouse Studio paint pen (made in Japan) that I found at Hobby Lobby in Texas. This pen works like the beloved Sharpie poster paint markers that were discontinued. [By the way, has anyone tried the new Sharpie water-based paint markers which I assume are a replacement for the others?] The Treehouse pens stop flowing more often than the Sharpies, but once you get them going again they are great, super opaque. I also got one in hot pink. Anyhow, inside the edging I painted Golden fluid acrylics with a tiny brush to give the letters a little texture.

Hanna has a good post on Favorite Pens for Mixed Media, with links to some other writings on art supplies. You can check out my list of Art Materials for Art Journaling and beyond. Whatever you do, Get YOU Into Your Art Journals, they are your pages!!!

But wait, there's more (behind curtain #3) later this week.

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Reader Comments (9)

Tammy, your lettering skills are terrific and the resulting artwork is gorgeous. Yes, I've tried the new Sharpies - picked up a whole bunch of them and love them. They're the same as the old, only being marketed a new way. They've also expanded the color line. You can get a sneek peak at their website Hugs, Terri xoxo

Looks great. I really like the outlined letters and all the colors in the background.

07.18.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Those are some colorful, fun, artsy pages!!! Love the lettering and so true what you said about being in the moment and taking your time! Hey, the Sharpie Poster-Paints I use are all water-based. I thought that was what people were recommending.....I've never tried the oil based ones.

07.18.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEden

All: The originals were called, "Sharpie Poster Paint water-based opaque" markers. So perhaps just a change in formula or marketing as both are water-based. If anyone has the scoop on the actual change, we're curious.

There are a bunch of good white opaque pens for use on photos or matte paper, but art journalists put pens and markers through hell and back, writing on rough surfaces, neocolors, acrylics, uneven surfaces, etc. so it's not an apples to apples discussion - a white opaque marker that works for scrapbookers will not necessarily work in an art journal unless just writing on cardstock or gessoed paper. On that note, the idea of writing on photos (off topic for art journaling) sounds fun.


07.18.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

wait there are new ones?!?!

07.18.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

The new ones are called "Sharpie water-based paint markers" and there's a link in the post to the Sharpie site.

07.18.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

Hi there! Love your gorgeous pages!!! I squealed out loud (literally) when I saw the huge display of Sharpie water-based paint markers in our Michael's store. But then skepticism immediatly sunk I only bought one, a white one (my fave) to test it out....and it works the same as the "old style" that discontinued. Yay! Perhaps Sharpie had a riot on their hands or this is just a new way of marketing the same thing....but I was thrilled to see they write as nicely as I'll go back for more!

07.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDreaming Bear

I bought 6 of the new Sharpie paint pens a couple of weeks ago. 4 of them are the water-based ones, and they still have "poster paint" on the label, even though they're the new ones. The black, the white and the fluorescent blue are nicely opaque, but the fluorescent pink is transluscent(although the label says it's opaque), and it looks like a highlighter. It doesn't show on dark backgrounds, but the blue and white ones do. I also got 2 oil-based for comparison, in green and pink. They write nicely on non-porous surfaces(I drew a swirly design on a plastic notebook cover) , but are not opaque if you use them on paper. I haven't tried it yet, but they might do well on a heavily gessoed background.

07.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTamera

Hi Tammy - I just love your site and all the art projects that you do. I was just wondering, do you have any more great ideas for art with 6 year olds? I am a teacher - and we do the same things year after year. Just want to try something new and exciting!

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