Tuesday, April 10, 2012

WOYWW # 149: Unity and Emphasis

For the past two weeks, I have been brief, just as Julia, Queen of WOYWW, requested. Today I'm going to try to be brief again, although there are more photos on this blog post. Today I'm cleaning a Staz-on inked rubber stamp


using 91% Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. I'm wiping the excess ink on my monthly calendar page.


I know you REALLY came to see the rocking horses, so here they are hanging out in my altered book this week!

Several WOYWWers wanted more photos of examples of Design Principles in my altered book. If you were here Sunday night/Monday morning, you saw the left side of this spread. This is not just an example of unity (example on the left, showing unity is achieved when like or similar items are bunched together), but it is also an example of "emphasis" (the center of interest that can be created by making one part of the collage stand out or seem special in some way) .


I have a busy week ahead, but will try to visit as many as possible. Also please leave your number so you are easier to find.

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66 thoughtful remarks:

voodoo vixen said...

My desk is bereft of anything interesting so I am not woyww-ing and I am going to use the time to make some pages up in my book... I know the next couple of months is going to get a bit manic so I don't need to be behind before it gets that way!! I love these pages... that little rocking horse on its own really does stand out!

Morti said...

Well, I got my book but still haven't done anything with it, and my staycation is slipping away from me too quickly! Yikes.... The scrap page at the top looks like a work of art (journal) in itself!

Morti #4

Astrid Maclean said...

Book looks lovely and those rocking horses are soo lovely!
Astrid #33

May said...

Love the rocking horses....book looking fab.. Hugs May x x x No15

Lisa Richards said...

Well, I've removed the pages from my book, but it stalled there. I'll have to work at my own pace. Your page is looking nice! I haven't gotten to the lesson on Design Principles, but I can see what you mean! Have fun!
Lisa #21

Angie said...

Love the progress! Thanks for the peek.

Mari K. said...

Great little rocking horses! Mari #39

Shoshi said...

Lovely pages in your book, and I love the rocking horse.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. Please bear with me regarding the colours - it's still a work in progress and I haven't got the text colours etc. right yet - the background is coming out too dark and I'm taking advice on how to fix that. Give me a few days and it should improve!!

My mixed media project is a long slow project because everything takes so long to dry. I'm gradually getting some idea of where I am going with it now, but it's highly experimental!!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #18

Joynana said...

I love the rocking horse. I want to make time to check out your altered book pages. #26

Judy said...

Rocking horses are just so iconic aren't they?
Enjoying looking at your altered book pages.Thanks.
Judy #22

sandee said...

I love your explanations, you really do go out of your way to explain things so well! Got my latest pages up, looking forward to the next assignment! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina #51

VonnyK said...

Love your altered book and I always look for those rocking horses, sometime hiding and sometimes right out there.
In answer to your question about where I put all the books, they went into the lounge room that my hubby won't let me use as an art room. They were mostly his books and cooking books, so I didn't want them back in my art room. Leaves more room to buy art books :)

Have a great week.
Von #42

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...your AB is looking great and your little Rocking Horses are so cute...thanks for sharing...Mel :)

Sandy said...

Your rocking horses are very cute.

sandra de said...

I found the information you had posted on design principles really interesting. But I have to admit seeing a visual representation really brings the message home. Sandra #63

Helen said...

Thanks for stopping by already, and if I can bear to rip pages out of the book I 'rescued' I will... lol! Thanks for showing more examples of unity and emphasis, I am struggling with this lesson (mainly due to the weekend away decorating, and no time!!) Helen, 39 though you don't need that as you'v already visited...

Annie said...

I'm loving seeing all the altered books in their various stages around the WOYWW world :-)
Hugs,
A x

kay said...

your AB is looking fab,i now need to go the glue lesson but keep getting distracted,
have a fab craft week and
happy woyww,
kay,x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Glad I made you laugh - I aim to please! The folk who are doing your AB course all seem to be having a ball and the results are all so different - it's really interesting seeing the creation process!
Hugs, LLJ #3
PS Wonder what the collective noun for a group of rocking horses is??

Neet said...

Love all the rocking horse views Elizabeth. Sorry I haven't had time to join in with the AB - if I tell you I joined the TH class online and have not been in yet you might understand.
Thanks for sharing - and your comment on my blog - I always seem to be playing "catch up". Thanks for the number too - makes it so much easier as you well know. Hugs, Neeet #10 again xx

Ann B said...

Thanks for the example Elizabeth, and for dropping in on me. Makes the design principle a lot clearer and a big help - love the page as well.
Ann B
#46

Bridget Larsen said...

Oh come on you can zentangle, if I can do it so can you. I'm ashamed to show mine after seeing Whimsy girls and Shoshis. Thoes rocking horses are cool
Bridget #102

jill said...

I keep coming back checking out your Altered book tips , i have a book to alter but still have'nt got round to it . Happy crafting

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Great desk this week! Love the little horses. I keep checking out your tips too, but haven't started a book!

JoZart said...

Lovely artistic balance of rocking horses on your pages. I really wish I had joined in your AB workshops... .do you think it's too late to catch up?
Thanks for popping in on me ...
JoZarty x

inkypinkycraft said...

Cute rocking horses! Hugs trace 60 x

MaggieC said...

Your rocking horse stamp is fantastic, and I bet it gets a lot of use from you. You all seem to be having so much fun with that Altered Book project, I almost wish I had joined in, but I cannot add another project to the ones I already have. Thank you for your visit today. Have a great week. xx Maggie #2

Neesie said...

Your rocking horse stamp is so cute.
Thanks for nipping over to visit me by the way...I get so excited receiving visitors.
Happy WOYWW :D Neesie #12

Spyder said...

Ah yes, of course we come to see the rocking horses! But they are lovely! Happy WOYWW!
(Lyn)

Mindy Adams said...

Very nice. Love the rocking horse. Hope to see you around during your busy week. Thanks for sharing. Mindy #120

Shazsilverwolf said...

Great pictures. I think you are going to be responsible for the next 'big thing' in stamping!happy WOYWW, Shaz #94 xx

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Love the pictures of your desk and altered book. The colour of the two pages is beautiful, so the stamp is a real focal point. Thanks for sharing and have a happy WOYWW.
xFranka #11

RosC said...

Lovely rocking horses - I think many people have a "theme" and yours is very appealing. Using isopropyl alcohol for cleaning is interesting; must give it a try and see what happens with the cleanings.
Yours,
Ros. #90

Cardarian said...

Lovely AB with the rocking chairs! I am very busy these days but I am trying to catch up with things also your AB...I am at 93!
Lots of hugs,
Cardarian

Terrie said...

Yay rocking horses! The double spread also illustrates asymmetrical balance - my fave. This is a great example of unity. Thanks again for such comprehensive information and examples! woyww#62

CraftygasheadZo said...

Super rocking horses, they leap off the page. Your Ab is fab, I must try and follow some of your techniques next time I make one. Go me, still working on the first (see my woyww post!) but it's a random Zoe version of an AB! Take care, enjoy WOYWW snooping! Love Zo xx 75

Ali said...

Love your rocking horse page, especially the way you've layered die cuts with stamped images. I keep meaning to have a go at your altered book course but time seems to be getting away from me lately!!

Ali #117

famfa said...

Lovely pages Famfa #41

Elizabeth said...

Well, Elizabeth, I got my book and I have gutted it following your instructions, I've even left a section, tied up with a rubber band, in which to create a niche, but that's as far as it goes so far. I may never catch up but will persist following your lessons and should complete it this side of the blue moon :) I have decided that instead of having a theme I will use it to record new techniques. Love your rocking horse stamping. Happy WOYWW. Elizabeth x #26

elle said...

Seems like we all have a lot of balls that we are juggling and trying to keep in the air. I'm on to Proprtion and emphasiS. pant, pant.

Li'l Pidge said...

Meant to say.....Hurrah my rocking horse cravings have been sated!

Kyla #128

Red Kitty said...

Rocking horses look lovely.
No 97. x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Does rubbing alcohol truly take the stain off stamps? That is good to know. Mostly I don't care if they are stained but sometimes you want to stamp something in a light color and the staining will muddy the color. Best to clean the stamp first then. I love the rocking horses in your book! Is the one a die cut? That is just too cool! Judy #143

Scrappekatten said...

I am going to start with a book - someday. Thanks for reminding me LOL

Miriam said...

Love those rocking horses!

#148

Doone said...

Babe I canna remember my number - and I leave for France so soon that I may not see my comments, let alone return them, until next weekend (not this one), and I think you may have visited me enough recently - so have this one for free eh???

You are definitely a totally unified artist, definately,

it shows in your desk as well as your work

dxxxx

BumbleVee said...

I had trouble being brief today...hahaha...but, then I probably do must days..... photo heavy cuz I finished my goose....love the little rocking horses...

Julia Dunnit said...

I can't remember you ever having posted a long ramble that was difficult to get through at any time, but not on WOYWW! I love the grouped rocking horses...I'm to this far yet but am loving the AB course. Do you mind if I share your tip about thickening the thin gesso - its caused quite a lot of questions on my WOYWW today!
Really like the monthly calendar page...it comes on like magic!

Jacqui said...

Love these rocking horses

Lynn said...

Sweet pages these!!!

Bella said...

Of course I came to see the rocking horses...I was 73 now am 82...great project there.

Sarah Anderson said...

fab rocking horses, I love this page!

Cynthia Eloise said...

you have to be the queen of altered books. love the little rocking horses.

fairy thoughts said...

I think everyone has said it all, so all of the above already!
I will try and catch up at the weekend . . . but have the bedroom to decorate not an AB.. shame
janet #19

Jeremy and Samantha said...

Ok I am confused I heard alcohol was bad for rubber, so I hope you conditioned your rocking horse. Happy Woyww! #59

Queen Of Toys said...

Love the rocking horse stamp and the page is perfect.

Eliza #80

505whimsygirl said...

I'm going to have to go back and look at all your AB posts - when did you start the class? I have been picking up free books at the library used bookstore - I have french, german, asian books and love the text. I just started an art journal from an old book (have only done one page). As long as I can do your class and don't get in trouble with the teacher.....

Happy WOYWW
Hugs,
Kay
36ish (you've already visited)

craftydvl said...

Boo I left a long comment and Google Chrome ate it! I love how this evokes childhood memories, tales of the "Tortoise and the Hare" (that horse running behind may overtake the ones in front of him yet!), and utilizes material and color so well. This is beautiful and made me smile (-P:

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i've been working on my pages and have kept all the principles i read about in mind. let's see if i got to apply them. if not, i still am enjoying myself a lot with this AB course! happy WOYWW, happy Easter season and thanks for sharing!
blessings and hugs from #23
peggy aplSEEDS

Di said...

I came to see the rocking horses too :)

Sorry I'm late hopping over, yesterday was manic here! Belated Happy WOYWW. Di xx

Margaret said...

A rocking horse STAMP, now we're talking! and you actually cleaned it, I never do that...

Love the effect on your page, you need to do more of this! Mx

JoZart said...

Thanks so much for your encouraging message.... I'm going to make a start next week whilst i'm away on holiday. I'll take basics with me so can start prepping in the evenings after dinner and let's see where I go from there. Watch this space!!!
JoZarty x

ger76 said...

WOW love your work, I always get scared tackling my altered journals so don't do as much as I should :( your are just ace,
Ger x
WOYWW #124

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I LOVE the way you continue to develop your calendar- it just gets better and better! And those rocking horses in your AB are wonderful; love all the varying textures and color!
Sorry I haven't been around much- things are (slowly) getting back to normal around here and I'll be better about visiting!
Hugs,
Stephanie

SophieNewton said...

Ooohhh, love those rocking horses
Sophie x
No.79

Kezzy said...

Sorry I haven't been by lately, well actually I have been, but mostly on phone or tablet thingy that makes it difficult to comment. I so love all journal pages, I haven't started mine, but I hope you don't mind I have been making notes and printing your free class out so I can have a go after I get my injections for my back (soon hopefully). Love your rocking horse stamp it's beautiful and the journal page as always is awesome. Take care, happy woyww :-) Kezzy xxx