Thursday, March 31, 2011

GPP Crusade No. 49 - Journaling Forensic Self Portrait

Journal spread featuring a tea I like.
 Let me start by saying that I am very happy to be getting a post up today.  My lap top died last week. The hard drive is kaput.  The new hard drive that Hubby purchased turned out to be defective.  We are waiting for the replacement to come in the mail.  Now I'm using my computer that is operating on a Linux operating system from a disk!  My husband is a genius!

This post features a couple journal spreads I created earlier this month.  They are my entries for this month's Green Pepper Press Street Team Crusade.  Follow the link to learn more.

The above journal spread was built on pages that were prepped with leftover paint during a painting session.  I roughed in the face at the same time.  I decided to use this spread for the challenge when I opened a bag of Awake Tea and the color coordinated with my spread.  I've been drinking a lot of tea lately and enjoy a good black tea.
The page was embellished with tea bag ephemera, rubber stamping (clocks), chalk pencils and stenciled ink.

Layers of paint, ink and ephemera on one half.  The right side started with scrapbook paper.
 I've been following Strathmore's art journal free online workshops.  In a prompt to journal about favorite sounds, I remembered the sound that the rows of flags make snapping in the breeze on Memorial Day.  I created this spread to remind myself of that sound and to show my patriotic side.

The completed spread.

Many layers of paint and ink went on the left half.  A patriotic themed scrapbook paper was adhered to the right side.  Distress inks helped to unify the color of the two pages.  Stenciling with a doily gave the pages a common texture.  I collected canceled stamps for the borders.  The photos were taken at my home town Memorial Day observance.  I put the top left photo on a flap so I could journal more personal thoughts under it.

7 comments:

michelle ward said...

Regina - sorry about your computer woes. Hope you are back in top form soon - hard to be without. I appreciate your efforts under the circumstances to get your entry in! Love that you captured your favorite morning tea and let the packaging inspire the page. In-the-moment evidence! I also loved reading that you enjoy the sounds of flapping flags...such an interesting thing to learn about you and a terrific page to record that. Thanks for sharing with the team!

jgr said...

WoW! I love these pages! Great richness and texture and of course I love the theme. Good luck with your computer. and congrats on being able to post under such conditions.

fabricfan said...

This is a great page. Great colours as well.

Michelle said...

My sympathies with the computer problems - nothing is worse than when you just want it to WORK!

Love your layouts and your face painting; I do wish I could draw faces like that!

missy k said...

Great pages....

Love that you decorated your page with tea ephemera.....

Loving your patriotic page too...

BurningRubber said...

Your pages are awsome!

cathsheard said...

Great pages, love how the bright blue of the sky sings against the warm background. Had my first cup of tea in months last week, at work, and it wasn't bad ;-)