This is one of the kind of strange pieces I did at the journaling retreat. I found a photo in the Seattle Times of a geisha holding a large paper umbrella, wearing a kimono with a similar pattern on the lower part of the kimono. I loved the graphic boldness of the photo, and was trying to use a technique I learned in a class I took from LK Ludwig at ArtFest a few years ago.
It had to do with abstracting the image, so I took shapes from magazines, roughly corresponding to the shapes in the photo, and collaged them on to a large journal page. I am happy with how it turned out, and it was a stretch for me to do the exercise. I am not done with the process, I am going to try to abstract it even more.
The one one above was a hot mess while I was working on it. It may still look like one. I had done a water transfer of a photo on the page to start, and it didn't transfer very well, lots of blank spots. I decided to glue a doily over one spot that was especially blank, and I used glue stick (on a doily, with holes in it), so I had glue everywhere, oozing through the holes. To cover up all that glue, I started putting pieces of a deconstructed paper napkin over the glue-y holes, with the napkin sticking to my fingers, etc.
I probably would have been smart to just tear out this page and start over, but I was determined to keep going and see if I could salvage the thing. Our watch word that weekend was "just glue s*** down", so I kept going on it. This was also the first thing I attempted when the weekend began, and I was seriously out of practice.
I ended up coloring some of the children in the photo, using Caran d'ache, and drawing in features with a pencil. I liked the look of that. Some more collage added here and there. It may still be a hot mess, but I salvaged it enough for my taste, and won't be tearing it out of the book.
I just loved the image here, it was from one of the Departure magazines we all loved so much. I found the crucifix figure in the same issue of the magazine. I will add more to this, but it is hard, because I really like the way it looks right now. I am also trying not to get too attached to things I think are too good. It can be as much of a stumbling block as the ugly ones, probably more.