Tuesday, September 6, 2016

August Art Journal Pages and a Fall Break

Summer is definitely at an end...
August was a wild month..

another month of 
transitions and transformations..
we even had a
hurricane to contend with..
but fortunately it passed over us with 
just rain..
and maybe a bit of anxiety...

we had a lot of rain this year..
butterfly and dragonfly
were my faithful companions..
so I had to share 
them with you
and in my pages..

I learned a lot about both of them
this summer..

as I accept the changes that I make 
about myself and what I want to 
both personally and professionally..

The substrate for the butterfly is white tissue paper
and I treated the back with gel medium,
then I drew the butterfly on the paper with Inktense water color pencils
it worked quite well
and I only wish you could see and feel it in person..

Ingredients: Acrylic paint, Inktense Pencils, pencil, pen and ink on gelli prints, wrapping papers, rub on transfers, transfers on paper, walnut ink. Butterfly in Inktense Watercolor pencils on tissue paper. 

and we are off to visit family
so I will take a little blog

as always, 
I am grateful for your
and finding your sweet comments
is my one weakness..



Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Enjoy your family visits and thanks for leaving us with such beauty! I'm a big fan of the dragonfly and you have created such a lovely one here!

Debi Livsey said...

Such a great idea / method! Delicate and detailed! Thank you for sharing this may help my struggling journaling! Rag Bag Gal, nice to meet you, be safe ! xDebi

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, and I thought you drew great lilies. Your dragonfly is superb.

Enjoy your time away with family. It's what is important. We'll be here when you return.

Sharmon Davidson said...

The Butterfly and dragonfly always represent transformation and trancendence for me. The bittersweet end of summer is what your pages seem to speak of. Emotion always seems to be at the forefront of your work, and I love that.

Sharmon Davidson said...

The Butterfly and dragonfly always represent transformation and trancendence for me. The bittersweet end of summer is what your pages seem to speak of. Emotion always seems to be at the forefront of your work, and I love that.

Kim Henkel Creations said...

beautiful pages and words - enjoy your family visit and your break from blogging

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Beautiful. The morning I was packing up my car to drive away, leaving my youngest son at college, I spotted a dragonfly on the ground. A symbol of the change that is taking place in our lives. Have a good trip.

Dorthe said...

I can almost feel the softness and handmade paper-feel from the way you treated the tissue before painting, dear Cat. It almost show the dust on the wings, so beautiful, and lifelike. You are lucky to have had so many special visitors. Here it has been dry, on the island-opposite the rest of Denmark, which also had lots of water coming.
Have a wonderful time with your family, my dear, I hope to soon be fully back ,blogging again . Love,-Dorthe

Unknown said...

Lovely pages Cat! I am glad you are safe from severe weather - I can imagine the anxiety that comessage with that! Enjoy your break!

Deb said...

I so love your work - the bits of beautiful paper and fabric, flowers, and the muted colors. I try to use more colors- seeing so much wild colored art journal work out there - it's great, just not me.
Your work is peaceful and serene and I love it. Have a good break .

Cheryl said...

I wonder if your mixed-media collage is to hide personal journaling. I love this concept but I'm loathe to do it myself because sometimes I go back thru what I've written to remember. I love your work.

Caterina Giglio said...

Mary Ann, glad you like my dragon fly, thank you, had a great trip and loved being with family!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Debi! so nice to meet you and thanks for dropping by, hope you dive right in to your journaling! glad you liked the process!

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh E, you always say the sweetest things! Had a lovely visit and so happy you liked the dragonfly! They are so spectacular! X

Caterina Giglio said...

Sharmon, you are so right, I cannot keep emotion out of my pages, and yes, butterflies and moths and dragonflies all represent transformation and transcendence to me as well, they bring growth, and ultimately freedom.. xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Hey Kim, it was so nice to get away from the computer for a while! thank you!

Caterina Giglio said...

Tammy, you are so right, what a great symbol and to be able to recognize the message is wonderful! Hope your changes are easy to make... xo

Caterina Giglio said...

looking forward to your return to blogging dear Dorthe! thank you, I loved the moth, and chose it over the butterflies that I did, it was so soft and lovely.. thank you and thanks for always stopping by! Sending you big hugs! xxxxxxx

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Kim, yes it was harrowing for a bit... and just north of us, the manatees were pushed 10 miles into a golf course and had to be rescued, it was quite a surge just north of us.. thanks for stopping by! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Deb, yes, I agree, wild colors are just not me, I prefer a subtle palette too, thanks so much and especially for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Caterina Giglio said...

You are so right, Cheryl, I obscure the text with the images, which spark my memory, I also leave just enough writing to remind myself about the month, and the image is designed to tell the story. I did not grow up in a trusting environment, so it is a way to create safety in journaling...Thank you so much.. I really appreciate your kind words..

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