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

Saturday, April 11, 2015

And the work contines on the Women of Substance Art Journal....

For my new friends and followers that are not familiar with my first art journal journey, I decided to journal and tell the stories of the women in my family with some old vintage photos to share with my niece and future women in the family.  I refer to this art journal book as, “Women of Substance.”

Today, I have two more entries to share with you.  I’m so giddy about the near completion of this project because I’m eagerly looking forward to starting another book.  I can’t tell you the number of times that I have wanted to start other books during this process because of all the subject ideas I have in my head.

The “J” page was created with Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powders of Angel Wings and Bronze applied with a petite branch and leaf stamp. The same colors were applied on the Blue Fern Studios perfume bottle chipboard. I once saw these colors incorporated in a luxurious printed floral fabric that I have kicked myself over for not purchasing years ago.  Those colors have stayed in my head and now I can release them. Lots of fussy cutting used on some Prima papers.  These last two pages in the book are more of a “flat” style because it’s becoming more difficult to close the book covers. This is something I will try and perfect on the next book.


The “Poppy” page:  A poppy printed napkin was printed on ink jet paper.  The matte gel worked really well in applying the paper to the page, and it also helped seal the colors to prevent them from bleeding too much.  A welcomed result. 

One more page to go, and then I will work on the cover of the book and be done!

It thrills me to know that a number of you have started your art journals too.  I  would like to stop by your blog to see what you have been doing, so let me know where I can find you in the comment section below.
Thank you for visiting.


  1. Hello Joyce,
    Two beautiful pages created here,

  2. Two absolutely stunning spreads Joyce!!! I love them both! That's interesting how you printed the poppy napkin first onto inkjet paper, I am not familiar with that technique. It came out beautifully! And of course the "J" spread is enchanting! I've been contemplating another altered book myself, hoping this time I learn from my mistakes in the first one I did. One of the biggest mistakes I made was stuffing it too full, almost to bursting point. This time I will limit the number of pages! Looking forward to seeing your last entry and your cover, good luck! :))) Natalie

  3. Truly gorgeous work Joyce...I really love how you have used your stamp to emboss your pages, I really want to try that...the photo and the colors are so beautiful. The second page is so well done with those pretty poppies....I am so glad that you are almost finished! now for the cover? I'm sure it will be just as stunning as the pages inside...Lisa xo you have been such an inspiration with this journal....here's to many more!!!