Thursday, June 26, 2014

Layering and Stacked Journaling

After a lovely 10-day staycation, I took to the studio on Monday morning with a desire for hot colors, complex texture, and layers of delicious pattern.

As I've stated on this blog before, when I first conceived of and began using Stacked Journaling, I had modest aspirations for it: I was seeking an interesting and unique background texture. After working with it for only a few weeks, however, it began to overtake everything in the studio.

Such is the case now, too.

I'm content with this development because it means that I'm beginning to hit my stride again with this technique, one of my main goals for the next year and beyond.

This week, starting occasionally with blank paper, and occasionally with painted or otherwise already printed paper, my self-assigned task was to use SJ to develop rich, layered work.

On some sheets of paper, I began by stenciling.

On others, by brayering color.


I moved from one sheet to the next, working about a dozen pieces of paper at the same time, setting aside each one to dry after a layer was completed. 

Occasionally, I'd stop and do some SJ with a squeezie bottle filled with paint and then take a print of that fresh paint onto another piece in progress. 

Back and forth I went all week, back and forth, back and forth, until finally, with many of these pieces, I had to force myself to stop.

I used stencils. 

And stamps.


And broke out my paint markers to enhance the SJ on a few. 

Looking for finer detail, I even used my dip pen with hi-flow acrylics.


Seeking subtlety (yes, again).


And uncovering bolder images.

I thought it would be difficult, after such a long vacation, to get back into the swing of things, but I found it to be joyfully effortless (this time!)

Until next week, create in layers!


Lisa Chin said...

They are all beautiful pieces! I love your SJ.

Debbie Hall from Facebook. said...

Every single one is magnificent! When I look at all the textures and colors and designs it awakens my brain in such a way. Just looking at the color makes me feel inspired. I just love the colors. Do you make these with cloth? Is it kinda like collage? And did you go to Art School? Your fan. Deb

Shoshi said...

I just love your work, Judi. You are such an inspiration! I am working on a recycled mini-album at the moment and attempting to create a different background for each page (pages made from recycled Christmas cards) - I love the idea of stacked journalling to create an interesting background. Thank you for introducing us to this fascinating technique.


Wendy Watson said...

As much as I'd like to come and play at your place it's a bit far so I suppose I'll just have to play at mine.

Turenne said...

Nice to see how you work Judi! Textile art is so beautiful and useful too for the beauty of what we surround ourselves with. Your compositions are really awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Urban Rustic said...

wonderful and inspirational!