Friday, December 27, 2013

the experimenting continues since my classes and workshops are on hiatus.

i am making collage papers using  citrasolve squished into national geographic pages.  

i am hoping it would be a good presentation for my

experimental art group.  a lot of it comes out an inky mess but there are some gems.

in the meantime i received this beautiful journal 

in the mail from my generous friend, john.  

since he retired from teaching special ed he has

a creative fire lit under him.  check his blog to

see what he has been doing. 

i decided to use this journal for citrasolv experiments

here's my first page

during the closing of a year, i reflect on 

the words of the insightful poet, mary oliver

i am sorry not to know who posted this from pinterest

i am grateful to walk the creative path with 

friends, family and my health that support me.

i think of the people in my immediate circle and extended 

friendships who are challenged with health,

emotional issues or losses.  i wish i could wrap 

them in wings of love.  

view coming as i approached home

blessings to all in the new year.


posting today with friends at paint party friday


  1. I would love to experiment with Citrasolv - I even have a bottle of it. I just need to go to the thrift store and get some old National Geographic.

  2. I've never done that type before but it is beautiful. I have read of other artists using Citrosolv. Your photo of the sky is gorgeous.

  3. Friends of the library stores usually have tons of Nat Geos.
    Thanks for the inspiring ideas.
    Love that calico sky.

  4. I never tried Citrasolv, I don't even know what it is.:) Hello Irene. I popped in to wish you a very Happy New Year. Enjoy 2014. The photo of the sky is just awesome. Love your journal pages. Take care.

  5. Citrasolv is a magical product with amazing effects. I find drying the papers the biggest problem at this time of year ( Its very cold and wet here) I love how you have used it in your journal pages. The poem is a delight!! Frolicsome is now to be my word for 2014 ;) I have so enjoyed connecting with your posts over the past year Irene, your work is beautiful and inspirational. I wish you a very happy and creative 2014. x

  6. I shall steal that quote immediately! Brave you to start on John's lovely journal! Happy New Year, Irene, and looking forward to your next endeavours.

  7. Thnx for sharing the link to your friends' blog! I love the present you got and your citrasolv experiments look very interesting. I can see all kinds of shapes and figures in there ... ;-)

  8. Your journal and your new sites are looking so wonderful, dear Irene! I am looking forward to see more of this amazing technique.
    Have a very very happy new Year and lots of love and creativity!

  9. What fun art pages you've created, I'm not familiar with this process, but so interesting! And the fabric gift book cover is delightful! Happy 2014!

  10. Your collage and journal art are very inspiring! Love the texture and technique. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations in the future and wishing you a happy PPF and Happy New Year!

  11. I have never heard of citrasolv before but it looks a fascinating process, your pages are rich and beautiful. I love that poem very much. Thanks for the link to your friend's blog, his book cover looks wonderful. happy New Year and I look forward to seeing your wonderful work in the coming year.

  12. I love to see colors and images emerging from such experiments. This is a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing your work and enjoy your new journal.

  13. What a joy to see your post and found your blog :) Citrasolv is so magical! Looove the figure that emerge in the end...very cool! "frolicsome" what a great word for the new year to come ;) Hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all the best for the new year to come ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

  14. I always enjoy your art and you too understand to combine it with beautiful and meaningful words!
    Love your openness for new things, experimenting with citrasolv is something I want to try some time as well. The fabric covered journal is wonderful!
    Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

  15. oh wow!! these pages are amazing!!!

  16. I enjoyed reading your interesting post and looking at all your pictures - particularly the partly obscured lady, and the Mary Oliver quotation. And what a wonderful sky to photograph, I love clouds so much and all the colours in this apparently monochrome photo are so interesting and subtle.
    I also love the though you have expressed of wishing you could wrap us in 'wings of love' - thank you.
    Happy New Year to you and yours.