"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Jailbirds (inspired by CSI's Case #19)

I love CSI.   CSI challenges push me to create a page, inspires me to be more creative and more importantly to journal my story.  I was never big on journaling (too lazy) but I can see the importance of them and they’ve now part of my creative process as well. I struggled with this sketch and even thought of throwing the page away because the empty spaces bothered my eye.  But, I had invested so much time on it and I do like certain aspects of it, so I soldiered on to complete it, but did not enter it in the challenge.  The bad sketch was a learning lesson for me. 
Bird: Dusty Attic bird chippie all dolled up with Gesso and crackle paint.  I combined some Moonshadow Mist and a gel medium together and then rubbed the combination into the crevices of the crackle to bring out the crackle effect.
Background technique:  Bits of book pages torn, treated with gel molding, and placed on top of white textured cardstock. After the torn book page bits dried, I placed a stencil on top of them and applied two difference colors mists/sprays to create the background.
This is the first matchbook I’ve made on a page.  In the end, I think I made it too large but I see that they can be very useful, and I can imagine some more creative possibilities for them.  I think you’ll be seeing more of these from me. They’re like mini ATC’s but more purposeful as they are another place to store some journaling.  I was able to get several pages in this one.  Some photos might be fun to add too.
Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Oh this is so adorable, I just love everything you have done/created/etc, etc on your layout! The matchbook is amazing ... the bird and the crackle medium (love crackle medium)... how you decorated the bird, the photograph, the rips in the paper... the whole lot. Wow factor plus!

  2. Wow how sweet is this.. Fabulous details.. Gorgeous lo!

  3. OMG Joyce, you have an amazing blog! Everything you create is so insanely pretty <3

  4. your creations are unique!!!
    I became-finally- a follower. Earlier, blogger had problems.....
    Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog!

  5. Just divine Joyce love those circles what a splendid idea might have to scraplift those if you don't mind ??? and the irregular book pages is fantastic ...overall stunning piece of art

  6. Wow, this is amazing! I just keep looking at all the goodies on this layout. What a collection of amazing techniques!

  7. This one totally stole my heart over at CSI when I first saw it! you are truly an amazing artist, absolutely love reading about all the different techniques and effects you use on your pages. Just look at that opulent rich and utterly gorgeous chippie bird D-E-L-I-S-H! I am convinced you will see your fabulous circles lifted in many places, what a superb idea and they look so amazing too! Standing in line to try that out too, pls yes? Exquisite page again! xoxo