A little something inspired by Created by Hand this week. I receive the Quietfire Design newsletter – I love the calligraphy stamps and some of the lovely products too! The red+blue struck a chord with me because I use the colour purple quite a lot.

This is the first art journal (book), I ever made thanks to Julie Prichard!! The only thing wrong with it is the Khadi papers. Great texture, too absorbent for me though, but the edges are cool! I use red and blue a lot in this little journal!

The image is a transfer from a Boots the chemist free magazine. The woman was on one of the “agony aunt” pages, with the lead title of “We talked it out…”, etc. She’s a clean image so I decided to use her for a quickie transfer. I’m taking Quinn’s Workshop – Raw Art Journalling – and I have given myself permission to make RAW art – imperfect art, because I can get very hung up on perfection… No, really, really control-freakishly annoying to myself!!

You see how there are a few spots where I rubbed too much of the image away? Not perfect… I can live with that, because it sort of goes with how “smug” I find articles like that! The speech bubble says: “We talked it all out… we felt a lot better although nothing changed.”

I also enjoy writing around an image, just for fun, to see how the words flow, or not! I drew the little flowers with red and blue Inktense pencils and blended them with a waterbrush.  I also bought a very cheap pack of pens recently -2 black and 1 red – simple gel pens, for 99p, and surprisingly, they’ll write/sketch/doodle on almost any surface! They probably won’t last long because they are so handy!!!

Just one little tip for people who struggle to get rid of the white “fuzzies” of paper left over when you have rubbed to the image on your transfer: Using your finger, apply a very small amount of mineral, vegetable or baby oil to the image transfer and watch the image shine out. It’s “magic” and I must give credit to Bev Wauer and Lesley Riley of the Inkjet Transfers Yahoo Group. I’ve been a member for about 4 years and they are so helpful and friendly! 🙂

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  1. Fabulous!!! A very fun page!!!

  2. forrestwife

     /  August 27, 2011

    Expressive pages!
    Thanks for the kind words and sharing with Created Byhand

  3. Rosie, I LOVE the “color purple”!!! And I love that you’re having fun with your journal. That’s what art’s all about!!! BTW – I see you’ve been very busy since my last visit creating lots of awesome eye candy! And thank you, thank you for the tip on removing “fuzzies” from transfers! I’ll have to give it a whirl! ♥ Hugs, Terri xoxo

  4. I’m loving your RAW pages! Thanks for the mineral oil tip! I never knew that, and one of the reasons I avoid those transfers is because I hate the fuzzies! If I have some extra time, I’m going to try that tomorrow!

  5. I’ll keep that oil-tip in mind… I have that problem you talk about and never thought of oil… I haven’t made a tranfer in ages and you got me inspired – I might dive into it again this week! I like the effect of a photo tranfered! I even like the ‘extra’ rubs (I do create those often – too impatiant to see the image appear I guess.)

    Did you try gesso on the page before you start working on it? It might help get rid of the absorbation a bit.


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