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Michelle Ward’s Crusade #56


Crusade 56 challenged me.  Tell about myself as an artist…hmmm…I hadn’t thought about it much, I just did it.  There are little scraps of paper all over the house today as I’d get a thought and write it down on any scrap I could find.  When I looked at all my slips I realized a few things.  I explore.

1.  I like to work with paper, paint, and fabrics the most.

2.  I thoroughly enjoy taking classes.  I’ve taken classes in just about everything but glass blowing.  I take pieces from these classes as I return to my trinity – paper, paint, and fabrics.

3.  I am learning to just enjoy the journey without knowing exactly where it is going.

4.  I really love shopping and buying but the supplies I use the most deal with paper, paint, and fabrics.

5.  Color is powerful for me and has been for quite a while – hence the blog name – A Colorful Journey…

6.  I have learned a great deal by looking at how a journal page evolves by taking photos while it is in process.  I started doing that after taking a composition class & haven’t stopped.  So, here is the evolution of this page.


A gesso base with a color wash over it.  Then white paint with foam stamps for the title.A die cut I made brought more color to the page.A pink watercolor pencil to define the letters  Blue circles from a stamp I carved.  Blue lines from a sliced transparency. You can read that tutorial here.Words added in blue pen and white pen. A 2nd color was added around the title to define it further.A little glitter on the blue circles.  Have to have a bit of sparkle.  Added words in gray and went over it with purple.Added bits of fabric.Brought the die cut back and glued it down.I didn’t think the words, paper/paint/fabric, were easy enough to read so added a touch of purple to define them a bit more.Added a fabric tab at the top and gems to the lower fabric.The tab looked too plain.  Added a metal E colored with alcohol ink.The metal E looked too plain so I added a bit of glitter paint to it and the tab.  Added a few more words. White pastels on the blue circles, and blue smeared lines between the words. Signed it in purple.


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  • Ginny October 15, 2011, 1:49 pm

    I enjoyed looking at how your journal page evolved. I also enjoyed looking at what you love. It is so good to know what makes us happy and then to be able to surround ourselves with those things. I too love color; especially the beautiful colors of fall!

  • Cathy Graves October 16, 2011, 4:39 pm

    I also really enjoyed being able to see how your awesome page came together!! Very nice job!!

  • michelle ward October 16, 2011, 9:05 pm

    Carolyn, thanks for getting us started off with your resposnse to the crusade. I love how you consider yourself an explorer. Thanks for sharing the type of art you are into, and for putting it all on this fabulous page. Great trick to photograph the evolution of a page. Interesting to watch your decision making and the whole process stepped out like this.

  • Carolyn October 17, 2011, 12:33 am

    Thanks so much to all of you for the encouraging words. I’ll share more of the stepped out pages in the future.

  • Carrie October 17, 2011, 3:49 pm

    Cool! Paper and fiber in its various states are my favorite media, so this resonates with me, too. Love seeing the evolution of the page.

  • Chris October 19, 2011, 10:07 pm

    This was a great meditation for me, as I read through your process and your ideas on how to express who you are. I look forward to making my own journal page. Thanks for sharing!

  • Barbara Marie October 22, 2011, 8:59 pm

    Carolyn, thanks for the “exploration” of your process. I enjoyed watching you rethink, alter and expand your theme. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cath October 23, 2011, 2:26 am

    Thank you so much for showing not just the final result, but the process. I love seeing *how* people got to the final result. Long may you keep exploring 🙂

  • Elena Neger October 27, 2011, 5:47 am

    Очень интересно!)

  • Carmen October 27, 2011, 8:35 pm

    love the pinks and more your words!

  • Jane October 28, 2011, 1:27 pm

    Lovely page, and I especially like the step-by-step. Beautiful colors, too!

  • iHanna October 28, 2011, 1:48 pm

    I like your page and the way you state your materials that are important to you. I love both paper and fabric too – oh so much. And of course your colours: yummy!

  • TJ October 28, 2011, 5:40 pm

    Great interpretation of the Crusade explorer!!
    I love to see pages stepped-out. It’s fun to see how other people work and in what order. Thanks for sharing!!
    Best wishes, tj

  • Terri October 28, 2011, 11:13 pm

    I love your page, and your post! I love how you’ve determined what you love, and have settled on those even as you explore other mediums, which you bring back to your core passion. I have trouble settling on anything – I’m like a dog that will chase whatever squirrel runs by! And thanks for the stepped out pages, such a great way for others to learn.