Masking Tape Finch Revisited

December 3, 2010

Thoughts on an evolving journal page.

Above: I put more work into the Masking Tape Finch. (Note: the eggplant background color behind the finsh extends beyond the fold of the foldout page. You can see the fold clearly on the enlargement. I intentially masked this area out to there because I wanted color background all around the original frame, and because I didn't want the color to fall right at the fold.)

In Tapes Galore: Resistance if Futile I showed the first version of my masking tape finch. After that post, however, I still had the other portion of the page spread to work on (actually page, as this is a fold out page and the spread is interrupted with a half sheet of sorts). The above image is what I did next to this page.

I applied magenta and transparent orange Golden Fluid Acrylics to the page. First came the magenta paint and I also had a stencil down on the page, which I simply brushed over. When that was dry I added masking tape as a mask and applyied strokes of orange. You can see paper towels behind the page, and taped at the gutter of the book (left, to protect that half page I mentioned).

I was looking for a way to knock back the glaring white of the paper, exposed by the stencil frame.

When this paint was dry I then went in with some blue paint to bring up the purple tones. Unfortunately I was called away from the project at that time and neglected to take a photo of that stage. You can see the results of that stage in the final version, however, and I'll share next week.

Could I have left it the way it was? Of course. Could I have colored or doodled in the white frame? Yep. There are a lot of things I could have elected to do with this fold out page, but I decided that I wanted the other portion of the page to relate to the framed bird in some way and starting to build up a color link was the way that appealed to me at the time. I wanted to get messy with the paints.

This is the journal I made for the current journal class I'm teaching which focuses on collage and sketching. The journal pages are 8 x 10 inches—a great size to play around with. The journal is made up of many different types of paper, but this page is Rives BFK Heavyweight, white of course.

One of my goals for this class is to encourage students to take some risks when mixing their collage and sketching within their journal. It makes sense then to keep pushing this piece. It's also fun to let pages evolve over a period of days, rather than complete them in a single session. As you'll see in the final version, what evolved on the half sheet as well as events in my life that were journaled  onto the center page all contributed to the final version.

Find pages in your journals that you want to work on some more. Let them evolve; experiment with new media or with new uses for familiar media. Don't worry about having a beautiful page at the end of the journey, just think about how you want to combine and play with materials and media. Even if your final page isn't what you'd hoped or liked you will have new ideas to build on because of the experience. You may just discover a process that uniquely captures your voice. The flip side of that is positive too: knowing what you don't like. So why wait?

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