Behind the pages {hand.book: early June}

butterfly wings watermark

I’m getting used to the hand.book journal.  {now that it’s almost full.}  I’ll write what I think about the book, and in more detail, soon.  {the paper, the specs, working in this size book, etc.}  Until then, here’s a handful of pages from early June.

Embrace your Uniqueness

Embrace your Uniqueness

{background: watercolor elements: egg sticker, tag from The Girl’s new yoga pants, a hotel post-it note that my friend Leslie shared and a recycled  strip of grocery bag}

Trust & Hope

Trust and Hope are intertwined

{background:  layers of scrapbook paper with watercolor and acrylic before and after.  elements:  magazine text and stickers.  “Trust and Hope are intertwined” is a quote from friend Candi.}

Those words brought to mind the bird & egg stickers which remind me of flying {the bird} and possibility {the egg}

be HONEST with your self

be HONEST with your self.  manage your preferences

{background:  watercolor and acrylic stamped through the mesh from a bag of oranges with white acrylic scrumbled on top so text would show.  Had quite a time with the lettering as the paint clogged the Pilot G-2 I was using.  I eventually switched to a Micron pen.}

My brain already flying wm

Because my brain is already flying

{background: watercolor and inked edges.  collage = origami paper and wings colored with Sakura Gelly Roll metallic pen with Pilot G-2 in blue for depth {see the difference between the front and the back? – photo taken before I finished the whole thing}}

FINISH-Rest

am I supposed to?

Finish/Rest

{background:  Crayon & watercolor with inked edges.  elements: A couple of measures of music from a misprint from one of the Little’s voice lesson.  Journaling with a Pigma Micron 05 (I think…)}

less-MORE wm

less wm

MORE wm

less/MORE

{background: gesso & white acrylic elements: recycled clothing tag, origami paper and pencil}

By | 2016-10-19T14:20:39+00:00 June 12th, 2010|Behind the Pages, Journals|11 Comments

About the Author:

I create containers for words and paint and I fill them. I craft safe, sacred spaces for people to wrestle, create, heal and shout from the mountain tops.
 
And I teach people to do all of these things for themselves.

  • Simply beautiful! I love the butterfly. 😀

    • ah… thank you lady dandelion. I spent a quite enjoyable rainy afternoon in a bookstore, coloring wings and chatting with one of The Girl’s friends. {we were waiting while she finished up a rehearsal.} I don’t always get to spend that much time on detail; I like how they turned out too!

  • Did I really say that?

    I miss our chats, Friend.

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  • Beautiful… as always. Is stealing ideas a crime here???? If so, color me a criminal – of the highest breeding, of course. Ideas taken: I will be using my son’s quotes in a new journal… what a perfectly lovely thing to do! Can’t wait to get it started!

    • Do it! {Cause your boy says some witty, insightful stuff that you want to keep…}

  • The way you use lettering/typography on your journal pages is lovely and adds such an interesting dimension to your work.

  • Thank you Tammy. Playing with words is a love. {though I really had to work through it, because I had several painter/professors say that art with text is less than…} Now, I can’t imagine making art without words.

    ~betsy

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  • These pages are great and inspiring!

    But I don’t get it–how do you make a butterfly like that? Out of tissue paper? I’m so intrigued.

    • Sandra – Thanks for stopping by! It makes my day when inspiration happens. This butterfly was a coloring book page line drawing photocopied onto copy paper and colored with a combination of colored pencil and metallic gel pens. By only gluing the very front edge, the wings stand up. I bent them forward slightly and because they aren’t glued down, they pop up. Easy!