Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday: Being Brave

On my busy desk is my Texture art journal.   I'm trying to line up those pesky self-adhesive gems - thus the pair of tweezers sitting out. That roll of textured ribbon is one of my favorites. I opted not to use those newly purchased leaves.  Perhaps I will use them in my fall art journal.  Here are the 3 Distressed paints I used:

I have been itching to find a photograph that would lend itself well to that newly acquired ripe persimmon.  This postcard is from a fellow swapper, Fabricfriend, who uses it as a business card.  I just love this photo of these women, all smartly dressed donning winter coats, stockings with shoes and each casually holding a rifle rather than a hand bag.   

Just couldn't get those pesky gems to line up!

I struggle with:

·         How to cover up straight edges and corners: how much of them to cover up, how to cover them up without it looking like that’s what I’m doing. 

·         Covering up parts of the photo.  The “traditional me” envisions those old photograph albums filled with black and white snap shots held in place with white photo corners.  Why would you want to lose any part of a picture?  

In my search for different ways to add texture I discovered Fiber Paste by Golden.  I spread a thin layer of paste with a pallet knife onto waxed paper.  Once dried, I peel the it from the paper and store it.  Here I brushed it with the Distress paint dabbers and sprinkled flecks of mica.

Brave, the perfect word for these women, don't you think?

Joining up with What’s onYour Workdesk? Wednesday where desk snooping is not only allowed but all part of the fun!


  1. Absolutely superb! That photo is tremendous, thanks for sharing. Lyns #9

  2. Oh I think you've done a fab job and the Persimmon ink (unused and waiting for me in my collection) is the business for this! I'm with you about covering straight edges and corners...it often causes me stress. The coveing of a photo thing rarely occurs for me though, I work on a bigger page than you!

  3. I really love your 'brave' page - it's beautiful and the pinky coral colour looks perfect with the old photo. I have a pot of fiber paste waiting to be tried out - I really must give it a go as I love the effect you've achieved with it - it's wonderful. Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by mine earlier,
    Diana #18

  4. What a fantastic page and the photo is really interesting. The fiber paste sounds great. I've not heard of that before. Barb#24

  5. Hi Diane, that photograph is wonderful. I like the look of gems but they are a pain to pick up, I have found that I can manage them better with a pokey tool rather than tweezers. Love the fibre paste, sure I have some somewhere and must have a look for it. Thanks for the visit to mine and have a great woyww, Angela x 27

  6. Have to agree that is a fabulous photo .... would love to know the story behind the guns. Enjoy your project.
    sandra de @11

  7. Love your journal pages. The title for that photo is just perfect. #35

  8. Great tip using the Fibre paste - thanis for sharing. That photo is priceless! x Jo

  9. I love the page that you made!

    I'm on number 40. You're welcome to visit my blog!

    Greetings, Sofie

  10. Great effect with that Fiber paste, something to look out for.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Neet 6 xx

  11. The colours and textures you've chosen go really well with that amazing photo! And the gems looked fine to me :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 17 xx

  12. The fibre paste looks almost like handmade paper! I love that bumpy texture. I wouldn't worry about lining up the gem stones - it's mixed media - the wonkier the better! I understand your struggles with the photos. The old scrapbooking me always wants to neatly line them up. I'm trying to find a way to incorporate photos in my art as well - kind of like mixed-media scrapbooking, but I haven't found a good way to do it yet. I like what you did with yours! Putting the torn paper around the photo is genius! Thank for visiting earlier Diane! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle

  13. I like your idea of storing pieces of the fiber paste to use later. You've got a really interesting collection of materials on the page. Happy WOYWW & thanks for visiting. :-) ~ Laura #53

  14. An interesting and intriguing layout, Diane. That's a very unusual photo! I love the pink with the monochrome of the photo - a good combination. I have got some stuff that sounds a bit like the Golden fibre paste you mention - I must try doing what you did, and storing it to use in projects. It looks great.

    Thank you for your lovely comment - your kind words mean a lot! I know that everyone has been behind me on this journey and I am sure that everyone's thoughts and prayers have gone a long way to making this an easier journey than it might otherwise have been. I hadn't thought of photographing the first meal I cook - I must try and remember to do that lol! What a fun idea! It's such a milestone after all these months! My poor hubby... He has had to do so much for me!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #30

  15. Love that photo! Love that they are all holding rifles yet are dressed smartly. All that texture is yummy. The struggle I think, is to get texture without overwhelming everything. You've got the perfect balance of it. Hiding some of the straight edges of a photo is nice because it makes it more part of the page instead of just on the page. I don't think you want to hide all the straightness though. Thanks for the visit earlier. The neon flowers I had on my desk were stamped with a Hero Arts stamp and cut out. I've had them in my stash for a long time. And they are still in it since I didn't use them yet. Judy #49


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