Friday, June 24, 2016

after reading my friend jacki long's blog  about being 

side-tracked on a day when she had her plate already full.

i couldn't resist.   today i have to 

submit titles, prices, sizes and an artist 

statement and complete the blog listing of all the 

teabag paintings (over 130)  for a July show where 

i will have an installation space to display the teabag ladies that 

i have been painting daily for this year.  

good day to be sidetracked. so with a roll of clear packing tape, 

a junk mail travel brochure, glue stick, just completed journal  and 

time i don't have, i got busy.

opened journal cover

the procedure is simple.  

1     place the clear tape on a magazine page, rub or burnish

2     rip up the tape from the page.  you will get a portion of whatever image was

on the page.  you can play around with this.  the harder you burnish, the  more

of the page will come up.  it's not an exact science.  i like that!

taped brochure strip 

strip glued on the journal

arrange the strips  and glue.

easy peasy!

but this simple technique transformed how i feel about the journal.

i hadn't been able to move on to a new journal because although

all of the pages were  filled, something stopped me.

 it love the new look of my journal

and can move on to a new journal and to getting today's work done.

reflection in a large outdoor aquarium at malibu village

thank you for visiting 
and have a lovely week end

linking with other artists at paint party friday.
for a dose of creativity, visit their site hosted
weekly by kristen and eva. 


  1. Fantastic journal cover! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

    1. Thank you for visiting and Happy PPF to you as well, Valerie.

  2. Great job and such a good description. Fun! ♥♥♥

  3. Beautiful journal, love the colors and combination of papers!

    Have a great day!
    Nora Clemens-Gallo

  4. wow you do have a lot on, but sure you will breeze through it... love the technique with the wrapping tape... I might just have a play with that!

  5. I'm surprised you can stick the tape. Love how you seem to be on top of time and able to stretch it.

    1. I used an adhesive to glue the tape on to the journal. I sometimes sand the surface to remove the shine as well.

  6. fun technique fro adding to a journal cover. Sounds like you have much to do in anticipation of your tea bag art showing-congrats!!

  7. Wow lots of work but I know the show will be a huge success.

    1. Now that the hard work is done, I look forward to being at the opening and celebrating! Thanks for your support, Nicole

  8. A change is as good as a rest sometimes.... Makes it easier to get back to the tough stuff!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial,,,great page. Gorgeous reflection photo!

    Hugs Giggles

    1. I am glad you liked the tutorial, Giggles. I have to remember to change it up more often. Maybe in short bursts.

  9. Great technique and lovely journal!