Tuesday, July 28, 2009

July Mood Calendar Entry

I am taking a long time to finish this calendar! Usually when I start a new project I follow it through to the end right away, but this one is bigger than I thought. Each month has a lot of thought into it and I am experimenting with new mediums that I never thought of before... such as using Gesso. I had never used Gesso before this project ~ I didn't understand what the big deal was in using it to prepare a page until now. It makes the pages of the Composition (or Exercise) book act almost like canvas paper thickening and strengthening so you can use almost any medium on it. It is fabulous!
For this page, after Gesso, I drew outlines of flowers all over the pages and then colored them in with promarkers! I know... it almost looks like paint doesn't it? I think that is what the Gesso does. Plus these markers are wonderful! My last 'painting' was actually done with markers instead of paint! I am getting tremendous results using these markers on a Gesso page. Then I simply colored the background with green, cut circles out for each day of the month and adhered them with rubber cement, as well as the letters of July. Then I outlined the circles and the letters with a vibrant orange/yellow marker and voila! a new page done!
Now... onward to August I go... unless I get distracted by some beautiful weather! You know me, I am a sun girl, what can I say!
Happy Creating!



Melisa said...

I love this page full of flowers. The gesso is fantastic,isn't it? There are so many ways to use it. I was wondering, if this is a mood calendar, and July is almost over, do you go back at the end of the month and fill in your mood for the days? You record them somewhere else and then put them in the journal whenever you get the calendar page made?

The Gypsy said...

Cute! I like the flowers, they make me feel happy.

Lindart said...

Wonderful page, I love how the markers turned out! It does look like paint. Can't wait to see August! I would also love to see a completed page filled in! I have the same questions as Melisa!

freebird said...

This is a great calendar page. I would never have thought outside the grid myself. Now I hope I won't forget. Do you want this page to last a long time? I always understood that rubber cement was a temporary glue but maybe I am wrong. I'll have to wikipedia it and see what I come up with.

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Linda; Thanks for your comments. I am not filling this calendar in quite yet... I have another one that I use. I will try and post one as soon as I can. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love yours.

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Thanks for your comments... is rubber cement not good for permanent work???? On the bottle it says it is great for artwork and becomes permanent... I hope I'm not ruining my work in using it???? Yikes. Please let me know what you find out.