Welcome back to another Mixed Media with Karen. This month, I wanted to do something simple and fun.
I love all the papers in the new Now and Then line but I especially love the ones that have maps on them. For this month's page, I decided to start with the Journey paper from the Izzy line. I loved the subtle, faded colors on this page.
The first thing I did was to glue it on to my journal. Then, using the decorative tapes, I spelled out "never ever give up". (I clearly should have used a different color tape since it would have shown up better in photographs. but it's not important what color you use for your project since we will eventually remove them.)
Here's a side view too. To do this right, I measured my page and then divided in 4, leaving a quarter inch for margins. I then measured the page horizontally and picked my longest word ("never", in my case) and
decided how wide each letter could be to fit properly. I drew lines in pencil to use as guides before writing the letters with tape.
I then wasn't sure what colors to use, so I tried a bunch of them on a scrap piece of the same paper:
I decided I liked the light blue on the top left the best and would use the other colors too but more sparingly. When I do art, I keep chanting "don't overthink" in my head the whole time. I try to remember to just let it all be. If it's not the way I like it, I keep going until it looks better to me. Here's where I ended up:
and a side view:
I then, slowly, started to peel the decorative tape off.
It's not hard at all but if you go too fast, you can rip off the bottom paper, too, so go slowly. Once all of the tape was off, I ended up with this:
As a side note, I saved the tape I removed too because it has a lot of beautiful color and could be used on a different project.
I couldn't decide if I was done or if I wanted the letters to stand out more. I thought about it for a while. I fretted about ruining it if it didn't end up looking the way I wanted. And then I remembered that this is my journal. The goal is to have fun and experiment and try new things. So I stopped worrying and decided to try. I painted the edges of the letters with black and smudged a bit. I also inked up the edges of the page. I ended up with this:
and here's a side -view:
I am not sure if I like this one or the one without the black but I am glad I tried. I feel like the former has a softer look while this one is more striking. As always, art is a matter of taste and the first might please some while the latter will please others.
So the lesson is to never be afraid to "ruin" your art. Always choose to experiment and try any idea that comes to you. You never know where it might lead.
Thanks for letting me share my page and if you would like to try this tape technique, I'd love to see your pages.