Double Take {With Natasha} #1

"Tammy's Challenge"


Natasha White and I challenged each other to create art journal pages with duplicate sets of ephemera plus free use of Golden heavy body acrylics, Golden fluid acrylics, Caran D'Ache Neocolor II wax crayons, a black marker and matte medium.

  1. I made two sets of materials and mailed one off to Natasha in New Zealand. 
  2. We created art journal pages from those materials. 
  3. These are the pages I made with my ephemera.
  4. Here's the page Natasha created with my ephemera.
  5. Natasha maiiled me an envelope of goodies. 
  6. We developed art journal pages using the same ephemera. You'll see those pages in exactly one week.

The rules? Use all of the materials in the bag, although they could be cut up as we wished. We could use acrylic paint, neocolors, adhesive, ink and marker. We could add no additional ephemera. 


The materials in Tammy's challenge: sheet music, map, three types of washi tape, fabric tape, boat postage stamp, partial index card with fish stamp, small price stickers, leaf tissue paper from target, coffee stained paper, japanese lettering, blue patterned japanese wrapping paper {not in the photo above}.

Eeek! Although I selected this set of materials, I was dismayed to see how LIGHT everything was. Not a lot of contrast. I decided quickly to use turquoise + teal blue paints because those colors would look great with the tissue paper leaves, the washi tapes, the espresso rings. Browns and blues. And just like with Natasha's challenge, I wondered how on earth I'd pull this cohesively?

The first step was to paint some of the background turquoise and teal. I'm working in The Noticing Journal, a hardback book I've been altering for about a year. 


I started cutting up some of the papers from the bag of materials and adhering them with matte medium, then painted around the collage elements... turquoise, white, cream, pearlescent and pink heavy body acrylics. 

I added washi tape, neocolors and drew leaves on the fabric washi tape. 


I liked the lines and implied texture of the sheet music and decided to use it to add interest to the background on the right side. I painted circles, lines and dots with acrylics and then more layers of paint.


For a few days, I thought about what to write on the page. I added the fish-stamped index card and prepared the space for whatever journaling I might do. Finally it came to me, the lyrics from Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfeld. The idea of opening up to life, living life with open arms. I don't always do that, and it really would be good for me to do that more. It means saying YES more.