Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday Tips and Techniques: Glazes Part 2

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!"


  1. I love that you take pictures and take us on the journey of creation with you. Thank you for this illuminating post, excited to go play with some paper and modge podge!!

  2. I love the collage background and I all the steps you have showed us. I like your faces too, like different phases of a person. Thanks for the step by step photos


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