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altered book pages

a little wisdom for Monday morning…

You can teach techniques, but not results.

quote by G. Hale

Isn’t that brilliant?  I love that.  Covers a lot of things.


Another altered book page from an Art Journal I did a few years ago.  Now it belongs to a really nice lady in Brenham.  I had fun doing those books. 

Yesterday I did a video of the gallery here in Carmine.  It is the shakiest video EVER. LOL  I’m outta practice.  If you have time,  take a look see.  I’m going to be making lots more videos.  See, told ya…it takes practice. :-))  

Have a great Monday, a great week.  I gotta go paint! hugs, PJ  open for buisness 🙂



Altered book page in an Art Journal I did a few years back.

Oh, my…. I have worked all day putting art on my new improved website.  I think I have 25 pieces on there, and more to do.  I think I’ll quit for today… my brain is in computer over load.  But I had to do a post and tell somebody… bless your heart… you’re it. LOL   xo

Altered book page…

I haven’t finished the second page.   I wanted to show the actual page under the paint (around the edges).  That will give you an idea of how those colors will show thru if you use craft paint with a little medium on the page.  Text will look cool showing thru also. 

Describing how I do this isn’t my best talent. 😉   I’m better at videos, I think.  Also,  lots of the pens I used on this are metallic,  shiny, or have a tad of glitter.  Of course you can’t see any of that. LOL duh….  For me,  those pens make it more fun. 

Practice lettering on copy paper.  Don’t be afraid of it.  You don’t have to be the best…. and don’t compare yours to mine, or anybody else’s.  If you want to use theirs or mine as a guide,  go for it.  But don’t beat yourself up.  It’s suppose to be your art…. and suppose to be fun.   We’re all way too critical of ourselves.  Give that up… it gets in your way of doing good stuff.

If you go back on my blog,  somewhere I show the button cover on this book.  If you’re interested in doing one,  let me know.  I’ll tell you how I did it,  and got the buttons to stay put. LOL an inspiring place to decorate your nest…

Heart and doodles

Good morning!  I didn’t get this one finished last night.  The one on the right side.  I had planned to doodle all the way up with swirls… now I’m thinking it needs some words/text/something.  What would you do?

That’s why it’s good to have other pages with background paint on them.  You can skip to another page while giving the other one some thought.  Same way with paintings, sculpture, etc.  If I work on more than one painting,  I can always switch to something else if I get stuck.

Only problem with that… you have to have the discipline to come back and FINISH.  Lots of artists have that problem.  Lots of projects,  very few completed.  Not a good habit to have.  I’m obsessed with finishing it.  Even if I know it’s  ugly. LOL  I’m determined to see if I can fix it.  If I still hate it after I varnish… I’ll give it a few days,  maybe a week.  Then it goes in the trash.  I don’t want to see it again.  Or I paint over it and try something different.  How do you deal with your rejects?  Unfinished art? 

Ok,  to the studio for me.  Yea!  so much to see….

Art journal page with Doodles

altered page

I’ll admit it… I just had to do some blue behind those clouds.  For the clouds I used a fat Faber-Castell soft grey marker.  Wish I had a lot of those.  Super to color with.  I doodled in the white space around the pictures.  Fun to do. 

Almost forgot… I used a brush pen… another Faber-Castelle pen for the doodles.  Love that brand of pen.  Have you started your art journal yet?  No?  Get busy.  You’re gonna love it.   a fun place to shop and enjoy  folk art….

Great place to find used books cheap =  thrift stores 

1st step in an altered page…

This one needs doodles,  I think.  Gesso and medium over the B&W photos give it a different look.  I think I’ll work on this one tonight.  Hope I can show it to you tomorrow.

Art Journal using an old book

Not too pretty, huh?  LOL   But there’s always hope.  Not each and every one is going to be your best… so get use to that idea.  🙂  I started with an B&W book page,   stamped the swirls,  glued on a face from a magazine,  thought it needed a little hot pink.  Also thought she’d look good green. 🙂   a nice place to shop for art…

altered book pages….

Did these last night… well, except the paint.  I do that in the studio.  Painting in the middle of the bed can be a scary thing. 🙂  I watched TV and did the pen and marker stuff.  I’m having pen withdrawal… want to buy more…. I always want more pens. 

My fav is the cat… or the one with the tree.  Didn’t see the tree?  The second one?  Love that tree.  It’s cool to use an old book that has B&W photos,  then use some paint color… then the markers and pens.  Think I’ll try a B&W without color… with some doodling….  I love to do art in my head.  You can do it…. give it a try. 

You start by relaxing your mind,  getting a picture of what you’re working with,  then imagine different ways of doing it.  Paint first?  What color?  How much?  Where?  Can you see it?  If you can’t… go to another idea… draw what with your pen?  It’s kinda like day dreaming.  No pressure… you don’t need all the answers… just the ideas.  You’ll work out the rest when you’re actually working on it.  I do this a lot when I can’t sleep.  I call it ‘doing art in my head’.  LOL 

And don’t even tell me you can’t do it.  That’s baloney.  Nobody gets it right the first time around.  If you say you can’t,  how can you?  Ya just shut the door.  Excuse me.  That doesn’t work with anything.  It’s not brain surgery… no rules.  If you’d allow yourself to succeed… you can’t fail.  Yes,  it’s that easy.  Now give it a try… and another try.  Until you find how it works for you.  Nope,  you don’t need to do it exactly like PJ.  Do it your way.  As a friend says… own it. LOL