I decided to do some more experimenting with glazes before I completed last weeks journal spread. I added some black sharpie and colored pencil to the spread but it's not finished yet. Maybe later this week. I began another spread and decided I would experiment with torn papers and charcoal.
I save the paper towel that I use to blot paint and wipe brushes, so I selected some dry paper towel covered with blue and green. I tore some printed pages from a magazine and applied all of them to the journal pages with Mod Podge in no particular fashion. I applied the Mod Podge liberally to both the pages and torn paper.
After the Mod Podge dried (didn't take too long), I made three glazes - purple, blue and pink. I used the Plaid wall glaze and craft acrylics. I applied them randomly to both pages with a brush, and then I took paper towel, dabbing and swirling the glazes into each other in places. I rubbed some of the glaze off. The white areas are the dried Mod Podge that acted as a mask. The glazes dry fine on top of the Mod Podge, but I liked the effect.
After the glaze dried, I took an old credit card and using it as a mask, I dabbed paper towel into the glazes dabbing the pages around the credit card. I used my number 3 stencil and and made random circles with my paint brush.
After that glaze application dried, I pulled out the charcoal. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, so as I often do, I let my muse out to play. I ended up sketching in three faces.
I had no idea how the charcoal would react with the glaze so I just continued to play. I used the blue glaze and applied horizontal strokes across the faces using light pressure. The glaze acted as a seal over the charcoal with "just enough" smearing. I rather like the way it turned out.
As I studied the pages to figure out what I would do next, I began to see a curve so I decided to darken it in with charcoal. I'm liking the results. I reminds me of the "man in the moon" or some type of bizarre clock. I know I'm not finished with these pages either, but I plan on finishing both spreads by the end of the week.
I hope you've enjoyed playing with glazes - or at least watching me play! Happy March, and remember to make time to "Celebrate, LOVE, and Create!"