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Friday, October 18, 2013

Welcome to my JEMM!

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Hi there beautiful creators!

I wanted to explore today so I picked up one of my journals and I declared it my JEMM:
Journal for Experimenting with Mixed Media.:-)
The making of the journal itself was an experiment of it's own. The pages in it are an eclectic bunch of classes, experiments with papers, fabric, touchdrawings and so on. So I thought I would dedicate the last pages that needed finishing to this journey of experimenting.

Today I wanted to experiment with inks and paint.
The fact that most watersoluble inks bleed through the next layer and/or activate when you put another wet media on top always annoyed me.
I ususally fixate the layer of inks before continuing. With a fixative, or even with a spraybottle with water and a medium, just to stop it from bleeding and/or activating again.

I never liked the feeling of being annoyed by a material.
I mean, the inks can't help doing what they are doing right? They are what they are so I had to change something within myself.
I decided to play and experiment with the bleeding instead of working against it et voilà!
I looooved the effect of it!

It is not exactly where I want it to be but I am on the right track.
YES, no more irritation but a lot of fun!
The best thing I was reminded of again today is that working WITH a situation always works better than against it! I helps inspiration to flow and more ideas wil come to you. :-)

Off course the camera was rolling so here's a video with voice-over, I wanted to explain what I was doing for you. Enjoy!

Happy Creating,


  1. Your video was very fun to watch. I love how the colours bled through in the flowers. Great experiment! :)

  2. That experiment, I liked!
    Perhaps some medium mixed with the white paint before so that the drying time is delayed, which might give the ink some time to bleed out more?
    This page became really nice!

    1. Thanks Karin! That might work, I'll try that next time! ;-)

  3. Thank you Trish! It is a lot of fun to experiment without attachement to the outcome. :-)

  4. Enjoyed the video and seeing how the inks came up through the gesso and paints! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

    1. Thanks Sandee! I will be experimenting more with this idea soon. Waving hi from Germany for the time being. ;-)

  5. What a fun technique ~ thanks for sharing it, I'll definitely be playing with this method in the near future!