Monday, April 22, 2013

a thousand faces - art journal page

Last weekend was the Elf Fantasy Fair at castle Haarzuilens in the Netherlands. We went on saturday and even though I didn't make any clothes this time, I was completely wiped out at the end of the day.
It was a wonderfull day with lots of sunshine and beautiful people and I got to use my iPhone case altered book for the first time.

My husband made a nice steampunk backpack, but forgot to take it with him. I'm glad I'm not the only one who keeps forgetting things. =)

Last night when the peace was restored at our house I could finally sit down and do some doodling. I doodled a face, trying not to use an example, but just by using guidelines for face drawing I found online. Oddly enough, when using those guidelines, I find myself drawing faces that I would draw when I was a teen. I tried to steer away from this a little, but decided to use it as is in my art journal instead. This way I can, hopefully, see some progress when I start drawing more faces and get more practice.

And, maybe, find the style that suits me and, in general, is more me.

I cut her out from the dictionary page I had doodled her on. Prepped the pages by collaging black tissue paper, home stamped tissue paper and dictionary paper to the background. I sprayed her with fixative, since she was done (mostly) with soft pastels and I didn't want to smudge her, when glueing her to the background. Once I glued her to the background I added some colours to the background with soft pastels, fixated that  and then applied some extra texture to the background with acrylic paints stamped on with bubblewrap, some oddly shaped sanding thingy and a wooden peacock stamp, I bought at the Elf Fantasy Fair.

Somehow the peacock stamp didn't stamp very well, so I ended up painting it in with acrylic paints. I wrote down the thought I had about my doodled face, with my new feather pen and calligraphy ink. 
"She has a thousand faces, none of which are hers."

I love my new pen =). So pretty!

Doodled a little with my new pen and then stamped with a diamond stamp and a script stamp. Added some washi tape and took a step back.

I now feel I have fiddled around with this page long enough, it's time to move on (to the next face?). I do like how she turned out, a bit soft and sad. I definitely like how the dictionary page, she was drawn on, works with the drawing. I like that a lot. I might not ever use regular paper again to draw on =).

I'll be entering this page in the following challenge:
Thank you for watching and have a nice day.


  1. Monique...this is gorgeous! My goodness...your doodled face is amazing! I totally agree with is soft and a bit sad...but perfect for your sentiment on your journal page. I love your background pages. The many different paints, stencils, stamps and colors you've done to achieve these backgrounds is beautiful! Just gorgeous work! Thank so much for sharing your color and your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  2. Your page is beautyful! Ok, you could improve (right word ??) the eyes - I just try myself to overwork the eyes in my page.... :)
    Don't be too hard to yourself - the page ist great.

  3. Looks like you had fun in the Netherlands, you look good in your costumes. And I LOVE the idea of an altered book for your I-phone. The journal pages are splendid! Valerie

  4. Thank you all for your kind comments. Yes we had a lot of fun at the EFF. I hope, I will have recovered enough by august to be able to make new clothes for next septembers EFF...the fabrics are laying patiently in my sewing room, awaiting my attention =)

  5. OOoh Wow,Monique,your Journal page is soooo beautiful,i loved all of the page,the face is wonderful,the stammps and the stencils in the backround is faboulous,iam so facinadet of your works.

    Hugs Jeannette

  6. So beautiful and such talent you have. Love your work.

  7. Totally gorgeous and such expressive use of colours. Fabulous work. Thanks for sharing with Simon Says Stamp & Show. Sarah.

  8. Such a fabulous journal page! Congrats on your Simon Says Challenge win, well deserved! and your new pen ... jealous! it's gorgeous!!!

  9. Beautiful journal spread! I love your girl with the big eyes that you could just get lost in. And also your text. Reminds me a bit of Elinor Rigby and the "face that she keeps in a jar by the door".

  10. this is a fantastic page!! i think you did a fabulous job!!

  11. Monique...congratulations on your special recognition of Top Three at Simon Says Stamp and Show. I truly love your pages. They are so artistic and expressive. Beautiful work from a very talented artist. <3 Candy

  12. Absolutely gorgeous! Love her eyes and hair, well really everything, lol. Congrats on winning the SSS challenge!!


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