Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Journal Cover Transformation (9.6.2016)

For today's face for the 29 Faces challenge, I only knew one thing for certain.

I knew that I wanted to transform one of the journals above (they were found in the craft isle of Target and have 60 pages each - they were also dirt cheap and I thought they'd make cute art journals), and I knew that I wanted to do another mixed media piece. I had the idea that I wanted to do a collage/doodle kind of thing, but somewhere along the way, I pulled away. I still might go back to that kind of idea, but for right now, I'm glad that I changed my mind. 

 Here is the completed journal cover. As I said the other day about a mixed media face, I literally could not be happier with this face. There are so many different things that I love about it, and just as I think I've covered them all, I think of more. It is becoming quite obvious to me that the more I do this, the better I get - big surprise there.

This piece is absolutely my aesthetic, everything that I could have hoped it would be. I wasn't exactly going for the punk look when I started her out, but it just happened. In the long run, I'm super excited to start working in this little journal.

In these photos, you can see some close ups of some different parts of the face that I adore.

  • In the left photo, the thing that is front and center is the earring, and it's a little detail that I absolutely adore. I'm not even sure why, especially considering that it's so simple. You can also see some of the detailing of the ultra defined lines - that's one of the things that remained intact from the original idea. The gold around her eyes was gold marker that I added as one of the finishing details.
  • Also on the left, you can see a few black dots peeking out from behind the girl's hair. This is a piece of tissue paper in a pattern I've been hoarding for a good long while, just because I love it so much. I finally decided to break it out for this cover, and I'm glad that I did. 
  • On the right side, you can see a lot more of this girl's clothing details, which I'm also extremely happy with. The cut out panels of her collar seem to fit her style, as does her choker. Both were done simply with acrylic paint. Her shirt was cut out of a piece of paper I had painted on previously and decided would look good for a shirt. I'm also a big fan of the little cluster of stamping and paint above this shoulder. 
  • The face itself is made of a combination of collage, acrylic paint, Portfolio oil pastels, graphite, and markers. Essentially, when it comes to mixed media, I just throw in whatever I think might help the end result.
Overall, I'm extremely happy and excited with the progress I've been making on this challenge. As time goes on, even though it's only the 6th and my 7th face, I feel like I'm making art that I like more. And in the end, that's what it's all about. 

Thank you for visiting, and I look forward to hearing from you!


  1. She is so adorable. I really like her mouth, well done.

    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad that you like her!

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    1. I appreciate this so much, thank you for taking the time to stop by!

  3. so nice to read the excitement in your post. Great work T x

    1. I'm glad that the excitement I was (and still am) feeling shone through the post. Thank you!