Thursday, July 29, 2010

I've Got A Secret........

Or, I could title this post "I Must Confess."

Last week I added this journal page to my Flickr account and also blogged about it.  Many of my Flickr friends marked it as a favorite - I'm so honored!

But, the image.....  how do I say this?  Oh heck, it wasn't the original rendition!

No matter how I dressed the page up with type and then a yellow background, nothing I did would draw my eyes away from a big ol' design hole right in the center of the page! I had drawn the clippings as they were in the vase, never thinking much about how the bouquet looked. Tsk, tsk!  What to do?

It occurred to me that this little adventure might be helpful to those that come up with page design problems.  Here's what I did.


My sketch is drawn on Canson Edition paper. I used the same paper for my single blossom. Remember now, I was away from my studio and handy, dandy supplies. All that was at hand to stick the flower onto the paper was Magic Scotch tape. I rolled it so the adhesive side was out and proceeded to stick the flower down (saying a prayer that I could easily lift it off later and use archival glue instead). My hat's off to Canson Edition paper. The piece photographed beautifully w/o any shadows from the flower!

Now that I'm home and back with my much loved scanner...... here is the scanned version :)



The center flower appears to jump right out at you, huh?

A happy ending :)

16 comments:

  1. So if no one has to know.......why are you 'fessing now?!

    ABSOLUTELY GREAT FIX! The other thing I've seen done is where the artist has used another piece of paper cut smaller than the "correction" and attaching both with glue so that it stands up and away from the paper. On purpose. Kind of a collaged fix if you will.

    Nicely done!

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  2. Hahaha! I love your honest confession, and think it was a brilliant idea. It works and I don't think there was anything wrong at all about your actions. Quite a nice result too!

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  3. Laure, Just call me honest Abe - HA! :) I like the idea of the dimensional fix. Just like journaling has made unplanned waits more tolerable, page fixes create a new freedom!! Sooo much fun :)

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  4. Thanks, Katie! Happy you got to giggle, too :)

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  5. This was very interesting. I'm so glad that you told the whole story and shared multiple images. It also gives me hope that there are different ways to save a painting that needs some sort of revision.

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  6. New to your blog and love your painted journal pages, Pam.

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  7. Thanks, Claire! I love the freedom of 'todays' art style. Collage and mix-media have opened new doors. It feels good to be able to tweak problem areas and not even have to tell :)

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  8. Welcome, Sylvia! Thanks for adding my blog to your list!

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  9. Well, I couldn't even tell! I have added squares of paper with my dates boxes and my attempted calligraphy, but haven't tried a fix like this.

    I think you've just freed us all up to be a little bolder with our sketchbooks!

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  10. Thanks, Elizabeth! I'm feeling the freedom I have when painting with acrylics - I know Gesso will save my tush if I run into trouble :)

    I thank the age of collage and mixed media. Anything goes :) Not to mention, journaling is very personal and we can do anything we want :)

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  11. A definite good addition to a problem that arose so I say you still get an A+ and you made your journal page more dimensional! Thanks for being honest, sharing the fix, and giving us a smile (we've all been there but maybe not as honest about the mistake and the fix).

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  12. Thanks, Rhonda! Yes, the scanned piece reeealy looks dimensional - just looking at the page you can't tell :)

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  13. Wow - thanks for sharing your secret, The original is fabulous but now I do see how this fixed a hole - I need all the hints I can collec ;-)

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  14. Sandy, Happy you enjoyed this how-to :)

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  15. What a great solution! Sometimes the biggest obstacle and the greatest opportunity are one in the same. Thanks for sharing your problem and solution. That's what this networking is all about. Kudos to you!

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  16. Thanks, Jo - for stopping by and your kind words!

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