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here's how I got started...
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Friday, February 21, 2014

art journal self portrait...

this is one of those "things" that takes on a life of it's own...

I had a general idea of what I wanted to do for this art journal page...

I cut out a bunch of flowers & leaves, but didn't use any of them...

it's another Ranger specialty stamping paper art journal page...

8 ½ x 6 inches...

***here's a tip...***
if you're making large art journal pages to fit the art parts art journal ...
get the 8 1/2 x 11 paper...

if you cut the pages to 8 ½ x 6, the left over piece makes 2 card fronts when cut in half & you have ZERO waste! not even a sliver...

it started like this...

I first spread translucent embossing paste randomly thru the add a stencil & let that dry...

to make my background I used watering can and tree branch archival...and used the same alcohol ink technique that I've been playing with...

you'll find the tutorial here...  video link

this is my new fav color combo for vintage...




 I had one of tim's people that I had cut out & I thought the background color combo would fit with her...
that's why I chose those colors...

these are the pieces I used...

an art parts bow (pssst...on sale!)...stamped with the coordinating stamp, using jet black...(LCS097 shopping is an art)
it's inked with orange blossom archival...

HER, a found relative...who eventually came to be ...ME...
I cut her out, sanded the edges & added some brushed corduroy to them...

the leaves were die cut with tim's new Sizzix greenery die...
I had a scrap of tan chipboard, so I used that...then inked it with tree branch & stamped the polka dots with jet black archival...

I stamped the fringe flower on a scrap of CFA that was covered with vintage dictionary text, cut it out & inked it with orange blossom archival...

see the button bottom right? that's a vintage button & I think it's even better with a remnant rub added...

and the large Blossom Bucket glasses?
yep...as soon as I pulled them from the drawer, the page went from vintage to FUNKY vintage...


here are the next background layers...

I stamped the large flourishes & the heart with watering can archival...
and used watering can to stencil the checkmate at the top & bottom...

You'll also see in the bottom photo that I added some random stamped text from the artist definition stamp, with watering can archival for that too...pssst...the stamp set is on sale!

and I LOVE jet black archival for my sayings...



and here's my selfie for today...


the glasses totally changed where this was headed...

you've heard the saying "art speaks"...

this was so very true today...
and it was very loud & clear...



not at all what I thought it would be...

but I like her...
or is it ME?

I had fun...

try it...create a self portrait art journal page, have fun and...

make art!
wendy





30 comments:

Suzan VonEssen said...

This is wild - I love it!!

Redanne said...

The glasses are just the perfect finishing touch on your wonderful journal page. Anne x

Meme said...

Oh so Wendy! Funky cool!

Helen said...

Oh that is fabulous!! Have a wonderful art-making weekend.

Sue said...

Love those funky glasses!

Kailash said...

Simply fabulous, love those fun cool vintage looking glasses!!

Lisa said...

This is so awesome!! The background is amazing!! I love the funky vibe the glasses give!! This is fabulous!! Have a great weekend :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Dorothy said...

Amazing!!!

Marci said...

I LOVE this! I've seen Her used elsewhere, but she looks completely different here. Also, I love the flower and leaves like a hat! The soft colors in the background really show her(you) off.

Wanda H said...

Very Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sandra said...

it does look like a lot of fun!
Sandra ltb

SusanK said...

Love that your art speaks to you; she's fabulous! Better she speaks to you than Mother Nature telling you you're not in IL any more. 7 confirmed tornadoes thus far from yesterday's storms. And the season hasn't started yet! Off to spend more time in my room...colder temps and snow on their way. Gotta try the new color combo - got my new inks today. Yippee!!!!!!

Gabrielle said...

I love you, her, you! It's brilliant! What a fantastic idea that just needs making with selfies of ourselves!

Wilma said...

So very cool, love love the glasses and so cute the 35c button. My shopping list is growing and growing ;-)

Rita said...

Fabulous Wendy. Really breathtakingly too. I love it. Need to get this stamping paper. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

joy said...

Very clever and artsy - love the glasses!

Diane J said...

How very different. I will have to give this "selfie" a try.

Debby said...

Very cool and fun!

Vic said...

So fun! I love the background.

sue said...

It does kind of look like you! LOL

Lori said...

She's awesome, I love the hat!!

Terry said...

She is fun and you can see the attitude! Love this journal and those glasses do take me back in time! Happy Weekend!

isisimaginings.com said...

Fantastic page! I love that little bird & she looks great, the glasses are very cool.

Craftyfield said...

Those funky glasses are so much fun on that page, they were made for that face!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Love your selfie! Super out-of-the-box piece. I especially like the flower in "your" hair!

Miriam said...

Love this sooo much!

Larissa Heskett said...

OMG!! TOO FUN!! I saw this on Facebook and had to come and check it out in FULL details!! I LOVE it!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =-)

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Paper Profusion said...

Love this! Talk about Fun and Fabulous! Nicola x

Buttons said...

Fabulous Wendy! This is definitely one to share with Dyan Reaveley too. So retro stylish, and I love that antique colour combo. Jenny x