Monday, December 27, 2010

Stacked Journaling

I, too, have been puttering with my sketchbooks during my holiday vacation and I thought I'd share some of it with you.

I'm developing texture studies to use in my Masteries class with Jane Dunnewold and have been playing with my own hand writing in both large and small formats.

The design wall is currently covered with these studies.

The idea to stack text came as I was doodling in this little beauty, a hand-made, fused-silk covered journal gifted to me a while back by Sue B.

Inside, while working on improving my handwriting before moving it to fabric, I began to be fascinated by the shapes, whorls, and sharp lines of text and the way one word looks when sketched directly on top of another. 

I started with the basics, stacking the same nonsense word on top of itself, turning the page this way and that as I wrote. Interesting textures developed. 

These led me to wonder about creating shapes using this simple technique.

I was happy with my results and began to think that some of them looked like graffiti.

I've long wished to "tag" my own name, and I know there are classes being offered online to help you learn to do that, but I've never taken the time to look into any of them. So I started playing independently with my own name and voila, a tag is born.

Finally, to play with even more text, I began stacking journaling on top of paper that's already been printed on, like telephone book pages.

Now I just need Jane to help me interpret all this onto fabric!

Happy creating! - Judi


  1. this is scary, and stimulating all at once.. Thank you for the step by step directions on putting the Design and Link on my blog..

    Now off to get some things ready for this "life" enhancing Challenge. Thank you for all the artists stimulating creativity and sharing.

  2. I sometimes write my morning pages stacked. One direction one day, then another direction the next,I could write weeks upon each other if I wanted. It makes for a good background when a bit of color is added.
    Looking forward to this sketchbook challenge.

  3. Love this! Playing with letters is such fun, thanks for sharing.

  4. I especially like the stacked words on the newsprint! thanks.

  5. On to fabric - not that woud be amazing and waht a piece of fabric to have.

  6. LOVE that journal cover! I also am intrigued by your experiments with writing words. I use writing a lot in my work, but haven't "stacked" it like you have here....very impressive patterning. I like.

  7. really loved exploring this technique, Many thanks for sharing. I


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