Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Technique "Secrets"

Last week I finished my spread in the Yahoo Sketchbook Group Round Robin. This book belongs to Fran and her theme is for us to tell her some of our favorite techniques. Now, how smart is that?

I chose working with old book pages because I LOVE TEXT.

So here's what I did...
1. Colored around the page making squares and working my way in with Caran D'Ache Neocolor II Watersoluble Crayons. Then I blended them with a Huggies baby wipe. I added some more colors to various places and kept going until it was nice and soft and smooth.
2. I then used brown and green crayons to color pages of text and then smooth with the Huggies.
3. I found a cute picture in a magazine and as I cut the little pirate out I put a couple of old book pages underneath so I could cut them all at the same time. (It comes in handy to have all these cut shapes around.)
4. I used gel medium to glue down one of the text pages and then the one of the boy to make a duplicate. I then took what was left over of the book page and made another form. You can use any of these pieces individually.
5. I then went around all these things with distress ink and charcoal pencils to blend and highlight.
6. I cut a tree from the brown painted text page and little leaves from the green and used gel medium to put them all on the page. I blended with crayons, charcoal and distress ink. I happened to have the bird image from another project and he just fit there on the branch.
7. Along the top is a border cut from a book page. I also used some punched shapes on the right. Just experimenting with ways to add texture and shape.
8. Last but not least I went through a book and found lines and words to make a poem. The words were then applied with the gel medium and a bit of charcoal and distress ink.

And there you have it. Lots of fun and the text just "makes the page."

The "Found" Poem

swirling snow
she hurried up the steps
and felt warm and cozy
as the day
faded into dusk


  1. I love the idea of using the scraps for shadows and borders. Great idea!

  2. I think the pirate might be wondering why the bird isn't a parrot?! ;-) Lots of techniques in this layout!

  3. Hi Rita! Text pages are definitely fun to play with. Thanks for sharing your process...I also journal a lot - besides making journals themselves. It's so fun!

  4. Hi Rita, wow you do love text and this is stunning and so unusual too. I love all the details and that little lad is just the cutest
    hugs June xxxxx

  5. Thanks for sharing some fabulous tips and ideas, Rita (and thanks for your post, ;])! I love the blending effect the smooshing of baby wipes here, and using the text cut out of the boy is amazing ~~ oh my, the entire spread is great! I, too, love using text in my mixed media pieces, and will be trying your techniques in my journal real soon! Thank you for sharing, and happy creating!

  6. old books are awesome for drawing on and crafting with....there is something so great about text mixed with art! i love it...you pages area terrific!

    thanks for stopping in to see me....come again, I'll make some coffee!

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

  7. I am fairly new to all this computer stuff, but following artists such as yourself has been very helpful, not to mention such an interesting journey to follow along. Thanks for the ride.


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