Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Masks, a spread in my new altered book





This is a wimpy spread I created while on the run.  I didn't even think of it that way when I titled the piece, but it's truly appropriate.


On the left, I started by gessoing the pages, then cut out the image you see above from a magazine.  I painted it with several colors of acrylics, then later added it to the page. 

To add a bit of humor, I cut the word RUN out of mini Hershey bar wrappers.


I used the "outside" of the cut image I eventually glued to the left side to create these people.  Unfortunately, the page wasn't the sturdiest, and my once juicy pigment ink is now quite dry.  I used the image to mask each "runner" when I overlapped them. 


You would think my mathematical brain could comprehend the simple task of masking.  But there are some things I find incredibly difficult to envision, and masking is one of those tasks I find hard to do.  I always want to start from the wrong direction.

For this spread, I played with a simple image I turned into a mask.  Are masks easy or hard for you to use?

14 thoughtful remarks:

Marilyn J. Rock said...

Oh; I'm lovin' this spread! Terrific use of the masks! The pages are so alive! Kudos! xxoo

dawn said...

I LOVE THIS!! The colors are great on the white and how cute are those letters. This was creative and fun to do I bet and for us to see.
I've never done masking so can't say either way. So glad you got to play in your journal!!

elle said...

Great pages!

Dawn said...

Gorgeous spread sweetie, I love the masking and imho perfectly done. Ha ha ha I get what you mean about always wanting to start the other way round - ditto!!!!!
Huge hugs x

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Ooh Elizabeth, wonderful. I have to say I have never done one, don't know why, just doesn't seem to call to me, but I love what you have done, maybe it's time. xox

Caterina Giglio said...

E!! I think this is one of my favs... the subtlety, the color and the repetition of form, just grabs me... well done!
xx

Rebeca Trevino said...

i love these pages, E!
the colors, the whimsey, the Hersey RUN . . . all of it.

(i honestly didn't know what 'masking' was, so i googled it and WIKOPEDIA came to the rescue once again.)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I've never done masking either, so I think I would really have to think about which way to do it...and I think I would probably still do it wrong the first time. It's a great way to add multiple like images.

Rita said...

I have trouble with masking, too. for the same reason I have trouble with negative painting, I think. Brain doesn't quite go there--LOL! I like what you did, though. :)

~Rasz~ said...

I like your pages, especially since you were trying something new. I don't even know what masking is so I'm not sure how I would do it. My brain is too full and I think if I put another instruction in it something important would fall out, haha! Have a great day! Rasz

Jo Murray said...

It's the white space that makes the difference I reckon. Great work.

Eliza said...

Hey I am with you on the masking job LOL but I looooovvvveeee your journal pages, brilliant.

Hugs Eliza

see you there! said...

I really like these pages. I admit I'm another one who doesn't know how masking works. Will have to explore.

Darla

~*~Patty S said...

Your shadows and colors are really excellent E!
Extra fun using the chocolate wrappers too...
oxo