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Art Journal “Mirror-Mirror”

by Amy Bowerman

Oh boy, Oh BOY!  I am way behind with this weeks…er…last weeks journal page.  A lot has been going on since I discovered the wonderful world of Dylusions Spray inks.  I’ve been spraying my brains out!  Most of which have landed on this journal page.  Mwaaha ha BRAINS!  Would you care to take a look into my twisted mind?  Grab your microscope…I have some interesting specimens for you today.

Art Journal Page Mirror Mirror

Art Journal Page “Mirror, Mirror”

Remember, I said that an antagonist would be debuting shortly in The Octopode Factory Story book?  Well, she has arrived!  Allow me to introduce you to Imelda.  I have to warn you though…she isn’t very friendly.

Art Journal Mirror Mirror the Octopode Factory

The Octopode Factory Escapes

This week our theme at TOFF is Friends.  Of Course the Octopodes are all great friends.  Here they have banded together and created a portal into the Mother Goose book to hide from the Evil Imelda.  You see she is quite boring and dull.  Imelda despises the fact that the Octopodes are colorful, imaginative creatures.  She’s plotting to eliminate all color from their world in hopes of stealing their joy.  I found the perfect quote to portray that thought in my scene,  “Color is Joy.  One does not think Joy.  One is carried by it.”  -Ernst Haas

Art Journal Mirror Mirror Steam Punk Border

The Octopode Factory Steampunk Border

I never got into the Steam Punk craze but I LOVE this Steam Punk Border.   The rusty gears and shifty eyes seemed to work nicely with Imelda and her no good plans.  I used warm and cool gray Copic Markers to color the border, adding detail with Gelly Roll pens and glossy accents to the eyes and lightbulbs.

Art Journal Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Mirror Mirror, on the Wall…

Imelda is getting a preview of what she will become without color in the Mirror while asking the “almost” famous question, “Mirror, Mirror on the wall…who’s the Dullest of them ALL?”  The Mirror part is an image transfer on Ranger Foil Tape and coated with Glossy Accents.  The frame is Core’dinations card stock with Perfect Pearls.

Now I’ll show you how I created this journal page from the start…you know how I roll…every which way but loose :)

Art Journal Mirror Mirror Dylusions and Ranger Holographin

Dylusions Spray inks with stencils and Ranger Holographic

I used a cardboard insert from a new set of pots and pans as a mask and sprayed Dylusions around the page.  I then brushed Perfect Medium on the page and sprinkled Ranger Holographic embossing powder.

Art Journal Mirror Mirro Dylusions Wax Paper

Dylusions on Wax Paper

Next, I die cut some frames and the caged bird out of Grunge Board.  I wanted the bird to have some color so I die cut wax paper that I had used to catch my Dylusions over spray on the Rainbow Art Flowers I made.  Check out my Art Flower Tutorial Here…it’s easy, peasy…and lots of fun!

Art Journal Mirror Mirror Tissue Wrap and Brushless Watercolor

Tissue Wrap and Brushless Watercolor Technique

I didn’t have this done in time for last weeks CC2C challenge at Studio L3 on the Tissue Wrap Technique but it worked out perfectly to add this weeks technique on top of it!  This weeks CC2C technique is Brushless Watercolor.  You can find both of these techniques in Tim Holtz’s new book Compendium of Curiosities vol.II.

Art Journal Mirror Mirror Caged Bird

Caged Bird

Here’s a closeup of my finished bird-cage.  The idea is that Imelda has sucked out all the color from the Octopode Factory character’s world and put it in a cage.

Art Journal Mirror Mirror Book Page

Children’s Book Pages

You know what  I love?  Vintage children’s books…especially this collection of a child’s first words.  While searching for the word “Color” I found this magnificent little treasure….

Art Journal Mirror Mirror Book Page Crows

“A Crowd of Crows”

I imagine Imelda used “A crowd of crows” to round-up the colors and stick them in the bird-cage.

Art Journal Mirror Mirror Tissue Wrap Brushless Watercolor

More Tissue Wrap and Brushless Watercolor

Here is some more Tissue Wrap and Brushless Watercolor.  I really loved this image of Mr. and Mrs. Drake and framed it before I knew where I was going to go with it.  Sometimes you just have to trust your creative instincts right?

Art Journal Mirror Mirror Sharpie Gelly Roll Detail

Have Sharpie…will make ART!

Once I had every thing down I decided that it looked like a portal.  What better way for the Octopodes to resist losing their colors then to create a porthole into another story and hide out there until the coast is clear.  To create the color spots I sprayed Dylusions through a Martha Stewart Lace stencil and gave the Octopodes a coating of Ranger Holographic embossing powder.  I tell you this stuff is just magical!  After Mod Podgeing them to the page I broke out my trusty sharpies and Gelly Roll pens to add some graphic detailing and outlines.  I feel pretty proud of myself for helping them escape Imelda and her silly scheme.  I wonder what will happen next?

Hope you will join us at TOFF!  Come back soon to see how the rest of the story goes :)

Have a colorful day!


PS if you are looking for Dylusions Spray inks or other crafty goodness Check out The Funkie Junkie…Linda has great prices and ships FAST!!  Eclectic Paperie Also has a wide range of products for you too!

Linking to:

Art Journal Every Day

Frilly and Funky: Stencils and Masks

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tammy Roberts June 4, 2012 at 12:58 am

Awesome project! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Frilly and Funkie!


2 Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 12:58 am

Awesome project! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Frilly and Funkie!


3 julie case June 1, 2012 at 7:58 am

WOW Amy, I LOVE your twisted mind! Your artwork is fantastic. I just became a follower and can’t wait to check out the rest of your work!


4 Linda K May 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Wowsers Amy!!! What incredible attention to detail along with a very creative tale! Thank you so much for taking the time to post all those yummy details. See you next week at Art Journal Everyday.


5 Terry May 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Well I don’t know where to begin, so let me just say that this is out of this world fabulous! I just love all the layers and details and what a way to use all those sprays! WooHoo! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie!


6 Linda Ledbetter May 30, 2012 at 11:43 pm

I like the way your twisted mind works, girl! Your pages are THE BOMB! I love your designs and your full-on devotion to bold color– your art always makes a fabulous statement. Great job on the CC2 technique, and on… well, everything! You’re an inspiration!
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7 Marjie Kemper May 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

How much fun did you have making these pages!?!?! Wow, you are rocking those sprays, girl. I know what you mean… I can’t put mine down. LOVE all you’ve done here. I need to linger for awhile and play I Spy. Thanks for joining us at Frilly & Funkie!
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8 Amy Bowerman May 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

Marjie I had a blast! I’ve always dreamed of being in my own cartoon show and art journaling has made my dreams come true. I’m thinking about wearing a cape while I journal from now on so I can feel even more like a super hero in my own show! Thanks so much for Directing me to the Funkie Junkie (DH Thanks you too since I have quit driving to Michael’s…20 min away…twice a week)


9 Bella May 30, 2012 at 9:56 am

Twisted minds create wonderful things. I just LOVE what you’re doing in your journals! I also love hearing about materials I haven’t worked with before, like embossing powder. Hope you don’t mind if I pinned an image, with credit of course.


10 Amy Bowerman May 30, 2012 at 10:16 am

Bella I don’t mind at all! I love having my images pinned :) Thanks for all of your encouraging words…they truly brighten my day!


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