View Full Version : Kitty's pages from the Strathmore journaling workshop

01-08-2011, 03:16 PM
These are my pages so far. The first workshop is to re-use some of your old collage or journal work. I made the first page using a collage I finished a few weeks ago, but it is not very suitable for the second lesson of the workshop (adding shading and color). So I decide to make another page, also with the use of an older collage I did. I am going to continue with lesson 2 when I get my oil pastels back from my sister... forgot I lend them to her :) .



01-08-2011, 06:23 PM
Very interesting pages, Kitty. That second one is really pretty. I'm going to keep checking in to see what all of you taking the class are coming up with.

01-08-2011, 06:29 PM
great lesson one pages! I will be eager to watch them evolve and grow

01-08-2011, 09:15 PM
Nice start to the workshop, and nice to see your journal here! I'll be following along.

01-09-2011, 12:19 AM
Kitty - I love your first two pages. I think the second one, especially, will work out very well for lesson 2. Can't wait to see what you do with them.

You mentioned in a post on my thread that you cannot yet get the Visual Journal in the Netherlands. If you have never used it, you might want to see if you can get the Holbein Multi-drawing journals. That is what we used in the art journaling class I took a couple of years ago and it holds up pretty well. There is a bit more info about it in my other thread here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=620111.

It might do until you are able to get the VJ.


01-09-2011, 09:03 AM
Kitty, I like your pages so far. I haven't started on mine yet but looking very forward to doing it. I will keep checking back to see your progress. Have fun. Bonnie

01-09-2011, 05:47 PM
Great to see what the visual journal class is about. I really like your second collage.

01-09-2011, 07:55 PM
I am intrigued! Looking forward to seeing how you progress through the journal :)

01-10-2011, 05:00 AM
Your journal looks like fun, good start.

01-10-2011, 11:54 AM
Good start Kitty. I saw on someone else's thread that you weren't able to get the Strathmore journal. Any journal you can get that has 140 lb watercolor paper would be more or less the same. The watercolor journal is just that, I've made journals using the big sheets of Strathmore. If you can't find a suitable journal, try gessoing one side of the paper let it dry then the other side. You can considereably thicken pages doing that, I've used some pretty thin papered journals and had good luck with that process, just be careful when they are wet as they are easy to tear. It's also good to put a piece of wax paper between the page you are working on and the next page so you don't fuse them together with the gesso. Good luck!

01-10-2011, 01:36 PM
Great start. It will be very interesting watching the progress and seeing what every one does. Your second page has all sorts of possibilities for adding colour.

I've put my name down for the second one.

01-10-2011, 02:03 PM
Hello all, thanks for your comments! And thanks for the tips on finding suitable journal!

Here are my pages after the second week, adding shading with charcoal pencil and coloring with oil pastels and pulling it all together with a wash of gesso. Still have no clue what to do with the first page, but maybe some inspiration will come in the next weeks of the workshop ;-).



01-10-2011, 05:17 PM
Fun pages! I really like how you've used the colors in the second one especially. . . I am going to work on mine tonight and hope I get as nice of results.

01-10-2011, 05:32 PM
I love She is on her way! good stuff :)

01-10-2011, 08:21 PM
Interesting additions. Like the shading you added.

01-11-2011, 02:09 PM
I love the second page with the figure :) :) :)

01-15-2011, 10:32 AM
Thanks for your nice comments :clap: .

In the meantime... waiting for the 3rd lesson I started another page. Forgot to make scans in between... I am calling it Cherish the Sun. We had so much bad weather here in Europe, first snow and now so much rain that I need some sun :) .


Joan T
01-15-2011, 11:01 AM
Kitty - I think you should be teaching the class!!!! These are great!!! I'm still having a hard time getting my mind into combining things and not being so rigid and cutting things out all the time. I like the ripped look everyone is getting. I'm going to try that on the next new page I start.

01-15-2011, 11:04 AM
Hi Kitty!

Nice work - all of your pages are coming along well. I especially love Cherish the Sun! It's a great concept piece! I also like how all of your shading worked out on the 2nd and 3rd images. I just finished watching week 3 and I can see you have lots of lovely spaces in your first image that you will be able to work with this week.

I think I needed to see the whole process before I started my first page, as I didn't really understand that each week was going to keep building on the same image. But I am really enjoying and learning a lot from the workshop - just sort of doing it my own way!

01-15-2011, 12:18 PM
Kitty this is just beautiful!

01-15-2011, 06:32 PM
really pretty. . . is that stage 2? I like it!

I'm having trouble watching the video for stage 3 so probably have to wait til monday for faster connection to do so.

01-15-2011, 07:28 PM
I can understand your sentiment about lacking the sun. Haven't seen the sun in days and no sign of it in the near future. Weather report puts sunshine a week out. :(

Your combination of elements for this is intriguing.

01-16-2011, 04:25 AM
Thanks Joan... you make me blush... but I like the idea!!! :lol:

Kitty - I think you should be teaching the class!!!!

01-16-2011, 04:27 AM
I am currently revamping my first page. I was not happy with it from the start, so I gessod over a big part of the page, glued some new collage papers on there, gessod it again and now I am printing a new copy of a photo to put back on again. To be continued...

01-16-2011, 01:17 PM
Ok, here is my first page again. I have changed it completely, but I am much happier with it now. Ready for week 3!


01-16-2011, 07:35 PM
I can see why you like this better. I like the balanced rocks.

01-16-2011, 09:36 PM
Really nice pages. Cherish the sun indeed.