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Art Journal: Sky Had an Intensity

"Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle.
It's a feeling inside that can hardly be contained."
— Terry Pratchett

9x11" art journal page on watercolor paper

This was an interesting page to make. It started a few months ago with an experiment with fresh berries and a bit of coffee! I pressed the berries into the page and let them dry overnight, scraping off some of the excess. I think I used blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.

This week I added the images and a photograph of the old tree I took at a farm that hosts an annual pumpkin patch each fall and sells christmas trees each december. The sky was a brilliant blue, and when I stumbled upon those words, I knew they were perfect!

I stamped my journaling with little alphabet stamps, aren't they cute? I love to stamp my journaling because it takes a long time -- you get into a rhythm of stamping and it's meditative and calm.

More fun adventures with alphabet stamps and links to other journal pages at Artful Alphabetical Arrays!


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Reader Comments (4)

Berries?! Very inventive! I was considering using genuine coffee/tea stains in some upcoming posts but now you've got me thinking about the raspberries and recurrants we've got growing. Did you set it with anything? I'm intrigued to see if they'll fade or go off... But then that adds to the effect doesn't it I suppose?

07.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLianne

What a great page! And I love the alphabet stamps! I have some but they are much bigger, I need to find the smaller ones! And can I ask you an art journaling 101 question. Is there a certain kind of stamp ink you use that doesn't smear if I put another layer on it? I love using my Indian blocks but to layer over it was a nightmare as it smeared the ink everywhere.... thank you in advance :).

07.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

Lianne, As for the colors of the berries, I let the page sit for several months to see what happened. It is certainly not archival, and no I didn't set it with anything. I just layered right on top!

MJ, I had a page once where I alpha stamped on top of acrylic paint and the stamping ink never dried. Weeks later, still wet. So I sprayed "Krylon Workable Fixatif" on top (outdoors, smells horrid) and that did the trick. The page continues to have a chemical odor for some time, so beware. It can then be layered, etc.

I'll look at my stamping inks and see if I can figure out which ones dry easily! Maybe I'll do a test.


07.19.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

I love the intensity of this! You have also given me an idea...for the month of August I will work with the colors of food:) We are part of a CSA and get many fruits and veggies. I will use portions of them to create.
Always good to see what you are up to!

07.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

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