Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

May 16, 2005

Excess & Openness.

Weekthree_circlesOne of the aspects I am loving about this art journal challenge is the opportunity for excess. To get carried away and go overboard and go outside the lines and just put stuff where ever seems cool at the moment.

Maybe this will be my style, or maybe eventually it will pare down on its own to reveal a more traditionally-me graphic look. Who knows? And you know what? That is totally part of the adventure and fun for me. Accepting it for what it is right now. Being open to whatever comes from within me. Creating it and then being done. Closing the book and moving on until the next inspiration hits (or the next week's challenge comes in my email box).

So often we get caught up in the "correctness" rathering than just trusting your internal voice. Trusting that it will lead you to a place of expression. A place that tells the story that needs to be told. It is finding that balance between heart and mind…and allowing it to come through to your hands as you create.

There are no wrong answers.

A bit about this art journal page: I have been wanting to work
with a cool butterfly image that is in the current issue of Real Simple
magazine. I scanned it in, removed the text, changed it to black and
white, applied the charcoal filter, upped the contrast, and then changed
it to a duotone using a dark green before printing. 

Lots of layering. Matte medium
for adhesive and over top of the images. After that was dry I stamped
and wrote around the edges. I am using a Pen-Touch white fine tip paint
from Sakura for my white writing. The large white writing in around
the butterfly is a font I created for Two Peas called “enjoy life
(actually comes in the circle format with an initial in the middle).

first I imagined this page to be about the circle of life – using the
butterflies as representation of that theme. But as I played I kept
thinking of the saying, “what goes around comes around.” And that is
pretty much where I ended up.

And a note about contact sheets from digital photos: My pal Tracy gave me this great tip recently for creating contact sheets in Photoshop. Simply open the program, select File, Automate, Contact Sheet II and choose the file of photos from your computer you want to print. In the Contact Sheet dialog box you have the option to select how many photos you want on each page, the size, and dpi. Then hit "ok" and it will spool them for you. AWESOME.


  • 1.
    Amy said…

    Wow. Way too cool.

  • 2.
    KimP said…

    Way cool! Thanks for the link for a white marker – just what I’ve been searching for. Do you know how to do a contact sheet in PSE too?

  • 3.
    Angie said…

    Cool page Ali! Who knew a piece from an ad from Real Simple could be turned into this! Awesome!

  • 4.
    Rachel said…

    Cool page girl :)

  • 5.
    kah-mei said…

    glad you’re enjoying your foray into the dark side, A!! Looks great.

  • 6.
    Felecia said…

    This is very cool. Just a note from an observer…I find it so intereseting that your comments about this work juxtapose your love for the opportunity of excess in creating the work and the works actual theme of “what goes around comes around”. From a viewer’s stand-point, the dichotomy of theme against technique is intriguing considering that it is generally believed that the simpler one’s life, the easier it is to maintain good karma.

  • 7.
    Angi B said…

    Ali, great page,girl. Love all the techniques here. you just INSPIRE me to no end. i ditto your sentiment on letting your creativeness take flight and accepting wherever it leads. i think as we continue to explore in the coming weeks we will eventually come full circle and find that balance you speak of.

  • 8.
    kristi said…

    I like your thoughts on this… just allowing the creative process to unfold, and letting it exist in and of itself. Very cool perspective. I wonder how our work will look at the end of the 20 weeks…

  • 9.
    Shelley Rankin said…

    Love how you used the scan image! Care to share how you changed it to white! I am still lamo with PS. Working on learning. Great page! So not you but so you. Glad you are enjoying the process!

  • 10.
    Rita said…

    fabulous, fabulous, fab-u-lous!

  • 11.
    Jenny said…

    Mmmmm i am obsessed with matte medium! i never have enough of that stuff! i truly love this style of art~collaging is so freeing and like you described, with no rules or incorrectness.

  • 12.
    lisa said…

    Loving these art journal pages, Ali – there’s so many cool details to absorb! One question – where do you buy matte medium???
    Hey and thanks (Tracy, too) for the Contact Sheet tip – that rocks!

  • 13.
    Amber said…

    Thanks for the tip on the PS contact sheet. I was just thinking to myself last night when organizing my studio how I could go about doing them. :) Also loving the bluish – greenish -yellowish colors on the header these days! Bootiful!

  • 14.
    Chris said…

    Your “place of expression” is a TON cooler than mine. What I lack in talent, I make up for in enthusiasm. Thanks for inspiring me to take this class and for sharing the mechanics of art journaling. Without you I wouldn’t be breaking new ground. I’m so glad Carrie brought you into my world! SAC

  • 15.
    Carolyne said…

    ali – I am enjoying your creative blowout here, just amazing work and love how you play around with stuff to get such fantastic images. this journal is going to be such a treasure when finished. can’t wait to see more.

  • 16.
    Lee said…

    WOW A this is super cool! Just how do you find the time to do all this?

  • 17.
    denise said…

    Gorgeous. Sometimes it is so awesome to color outside the lines!!
    (Can’t wait to see ya next week, woman!) :)

  • 18.
    joy madison said…

    thanks for the contact sheet info!!!

  • 19.
    shelley said…

    awesome contact sheet tip! thanks :)
    love how your are exploring your more free side…and enjoying it!

  • 20.
    Kelli S. said…

    Lovin’ the art–such a departure from your regular style! Thanks for posting your techniques…wondering if this new path will translate into book ideas??? Also digging the new look and additions to your site!

  • 21.
    Renee said…

    Go with the flow :-) I need to start doing that more!
    Super page, Ali!

  • 22.
    Jamie said…

    Contact sheet tip ROCKS! Thanks for sharing.

  • 23.
    MarilynH said…

    Soooo cool!!! Love what you did. The layering and the text – handwritten text. I want to go work in mine now! I still haven’t finished the Risk one. grrr
    Need more hours in the day.
    can’t wait to see what you do next!

  • 24.
    MarilynH said…

    oh yeah, and the VIEW MASTER ‘thingie’. WOW!!!

  • 25.
    {Michele*D} said…

    Amazing page….love your work. One question – how do you get your images large in typepad. I have just started my own BLOG site and I can’t get them any bigger than a thumbnail? What am i doing wrong?? Any help appreciated…

  • 26.
    Shawn said…

    Cool page and I’m lovin getting back into my journals as well. Needed that push/okay KICK in my hiney to get moving with them again. Thanks

  • 27.
    Katie Harris said…

    Ali- these art journals you’re doing- simply fabulous! You make me so jealous for summer when I’ll be able to do this stuff. I love it! Keep up the amazing work!

  • 28.
    Lisa BC said…

    What a cool page, Ali!

  • 29.
    Jamie said…

    Eureka!!! Thanks for posting the contact sheet info! I knew there was a way, but had been too lazy to play!! Thanks also for the Art Journal info. I joined up after seeing your link!

  • 30.
    celine navarro said…

    Ali ! I’m not a scrapbook artist like you,i’m much more of a mixed media artist and i am in AWE with what you made!!! I would like to get in touch with you and talk about your Altered Art style!!!! and maybe we can work on some collaborative projects together?! visit my website for an idea of what i make! ;)

  • 31.
    heidi said…

    You are one creative woman!!! I just love your pages, and I seriously considered taking the class, but don’t even know if I would have time…it looks really awesome though…

  • 32.
    Kristi said…

    Wow!!! I had to pop on over after seeing a link to your site on someone’s blog….your work is AMAZING!!!!!!! No wonder you have so many visitors!! I will have to check you out more often!

  • 33.
    margaret said…

    Wow, such a departure from your usual style…but I really like it. Very cool! :) Glad to hear you’re enjoying the experience too. I have a feeling I would just be tearing my hair out, lol.

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