Days 14 & 15: Sometimes it doesn’t go so well

30 Days of Get Your Ar On

Over the last couple of days I have added some bits and pieces to my latest journal spread. First, paint and collage materials; then today, I added some stamps.

soar stamped

I’m not too please with how the stamping went. Some of them are very blurry & splodgy. I thought my ink should have been ok on painted surfaces, and some of the stamps came out ok, like this one:

clear stamp

And others were a blurry mess, like this one:

blurry stamps

I’m not sure what the difference is attributable to!

I did read on the back of the ink pad that it is “ideal for glossy or coated papers”. So maybe not so good for matt, porous, painted papers! But this doesn’t explain why it was ok on other parts of the page.

I think I might abandon this spread for now. I am slowly realising that the pages in this book are just too big for me to comfortably work with, at least when trying to develop a double page spread. I may try it for single page spreads, or move into a smaller journal for now. It’s just not really doing it for me!

So, yeah – art – sometimes it doesn’t go so well πŸ˜‰

On a more positive note, I was thrilled to receive a little package in the mail from the lovely Andria of Drawing Near:

from andria

Check out those super-sweet little matchbook notepads! Andria is actually having a giveaway on her blog this week, so why not hop on over and enter to win some fabulous prizes!

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5 thoughts on “Days 14 & 15: Sometimes it doesn’t go so well

  1. Strange! Was the page wet at all? Or did you collage different papers underneath? that almost looks like what happens when I ink wet tissue paper. So weird!

  2. And what kind of ink was it? I find that happens sometimes with non-archival ink (like crayola washable ink LOL). πŸ™‚

  3. Cyndi L says:

    That’s really odd that it blurred in some spots but not in others. Maybe there was more gesso on the areas that smeared? Gesso would soak up ink made for glossy paper. Ok, now I’m out of ideas!

    • vivjm says:

      I think you might have it with the gesso – the areas that didn’t blur are round the edges where I probably was a bit less generous with the gesso. I had no idea gesso would soak up ink like that! Ah, we live and learn πŸ™‚

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