Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Image Transfers


I have been fighting with image transfers these past few weeks.  I know there are a million different methods, but I determined to make it work with packing tape or contact paper.


I am finding that packing tape transfers make for very transparent crisp images and the paper is very easy to remove from the back.  However, it's near impossible to use any mediums on top of these transfers.  If you sand the images to roughen them up a bit you can, but it still can easily be removed with the slightest pressure of a finger nail.


I'm working with magazine images from different magazines,  laser prints and various book images ... color and black and white.


Contact paper transfers are proofing to be rather unpredictable and it's difficult to remove the paper from the back without actually lifting the image.  The plus side of the contact paper transfers is that you can use other mediums on top ... with a slight sanding, everything seems to stick quite well.


Just yesterday I discovered a new type of contact paper and so far am having wonderful results.  Grant it, I have only made 1 transfer, but so far so good! Extremely transparent, all the paper comes off the back easily AND other mediums stick to the surface.  In the picture below I used a print  (the text) from my laser printer and it sure seems to work. I am now off to try it with other images from magazines and books!


Wednesday, June 03, 2015

New Journal Cover


I have been working, on and off, on this journal for over a year now.  When I first made it I covered the front and back covers with some Gelli prints I made quite awhile ago, but have not been very happy with it.


I ended up just leaving it and kept hoping something would come to me, which it hasn't until now.  I really enjoyed the last several journal pages I made in this journal (see previous blog post) and figured that style would work well, but I wanted a focal point. Last week my new friend, Brenda Ball-Wood, shared a fabulous paper punch with an octopus. It was too small for the cover and the proportions weren't right, so I scanned it and edited it until it was exactly what I needed. Then I made a stencil (and mask) of it.  I'm pretty happy with the results ... just goes to show "Good things come to those who wait".


Saturday, May 30, 2015

A Few New Journal Pages


This past week I have been working feverishly in this journal of mine. It's a procrastination technique I am mastering quite well.  


As always, these pages contain nothing more than my usual random ramblings.  Often, I consider blurring out the text when I put my journal pages on my blog, FaceBook or my website. But, as I mentioned these are mere ramblings of what's on my mind at the time.  I'm not trying to make a statement or convey any messages.  There are no secret agendas involved.  I am merely sharing journal spreads I have made. Here are shown a few of the journal spreads that I made in that time.


The pages are all quite similar in technique and style, pretty much just different colors. Often times when I work with a new technique I like to make several spreads using it.


The idea for this was sparked from an old plastic letter/number stencil I found while I was trying to organize my supplies.  This kind of thing always leads to distractions ... it's a wonder I ever get anything done.


Many more pages from this journal can be seen on my website here if you are interested in seeing them.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Building a New Journal


I spent the morning deconstructing an old hard bound discarded book, painting large pieces of paper for pages and then rebuilding the old book into a journal to better suit my needs.


This is a new workshop that has been designed exclusively for the "Rooted Women" group at THRIVE in Waterford, Michigan. We'll be taking an old hard bound book and we'll rebuild it, start to finish, into a very personal journal over the six week course of the program.


To learn more about this group and others offered by THRIVE, please see their website.



Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mandala Journal


I spent a little time adding a few new pages to my Mandala Journal.  I realize that the more I work in this journal the less traditional my Mandalas become.


But then again, it's my journal and I can make up the rules as I go!  It is one of the many joys of journaling ... you can make and break any rule that you want!  You can view more pages from my Mandala journal on my website here.


Friday, May 01, 2015

Bottle Cap Beads


I started making some of these beads out of old bottle caps a few years ago.  I quickly stopped and lost interest when I realized how much work they were.  Recently, I ran into the few I had made and decided that I really loved them.  Now, I was determined to make enough for a necklace.


I made roundish ones that I drilled holes in to so I could string them for a necklace ... 12 ruined drill bits later, I achieved this.  I also made some that are somewhat oval in shape. I decided that soldering rings to these instead of drilling holes made more sense .... mostly because I was now out of small drill bits. Not quite sure what I'll do with these yet.


Now that I have that out of my system for the time being, I am on to other things ....

Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Journal Book!


Dawn Devries Sokol has come out with yet another fabulous book of Journal Pages. I feel honored to have my work included in this publication!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Getting ready for Pennsylvania!


While packing up supplies for my upcoming trip to PA this coming weekend, I was distracted and decided to play rather than pack.  I ended up with these 2 new spreads in my "Urban Ranson" journals.  I had far too much fun, but now back to gathering supplies and packing...


I also started to pack up supplies for  "The Mandala Journal". It took everything I had in me to keep packing rather than take time to play in this journal also!

As almost everyone is surprised at the size of these Mandalas when they see them in real life, I thought I would mention that these are 8" in diameter ... not the size of drink coasters that everyone seems to think.


Oh my goodness ... it's a terrible thing to love what you do as much as I do. It's so hard to do what I am supposed to be doing rather than spend all my time journaling.


"Over the Edge" The Fun size version  is also being offered in Pennsylvania this weekend ...


... at "Charmed I'm Sure Studio".  You can purchase a slot in any of these workshops here. This is a link to the Workshop descriptions if you'd like more information.  We'd love for you to join us .... We'll assume that I'll continue with the preparations and get ready in time!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

"Over the Edge" Workshop


This workshop is being offered at "THRIVE" in Waterford, Michigan ... coming up VERY quickly! April 11th. 2015. Register soon to avoid missing this opportunity!

Also being offered at "Charmed I'm Sure" in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on April 18th, 2015. Register here for this workshop.


Below is a class description and here are several additional photos of this technique packed journal.


After numerous requests, the classic “Over the Edge” 
journal of page shapes and edges is making a come 
back, only this time it’s “Fun Size”!  This luscious little 
journal (4 1/2" X 6 1/4") is a power packed version of 
the original.  We’ll work on getting those pages to "pop" 
(no one likes dull flat pages) and make the edges of 
those pages sizzle (gilding on steroids). This class will 
help us break away from the traditional rectangular 
shaped page. We’ll explore ways of developing and 
making other shapes for pages giving our books more 
dimension and interest. The importance of the often 
neglected edges of pages will be emphasized. Ingrid’s 
original book "An Instructional Guide for Going Over the 
Edge" will also be available for viewing many examples 
which displays a plethora of possibilities.  You need 
only bring a few sheets of paper and a few simple 
supplies that you probably already have on hand and 
the rest will be supplied!


Sunday, March 29, 2015

ATC Play Day at THRIVE



We all had a great day at THRIVE yesterday making Artist Trading Cards. An incredible mess was made and oodles of fabulous ATCs were created!  Some of which are pictured below.


We had a group of about 20 very creative individuals that all had a great time.


The next event I will be facilitating at THRIVE will be the new fun size version of "Over the Edge", which is coming up VERY quickly. It will be on April 11th ... a mere 2 weeks away. Please contact me for registration info at -
Ingrid@IngridDijkers.com








Saturday, March 21, 2015

Workshops at "Charmed I'm Sure" in P.A.


I'll be in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania at the "Charmed I'm Sure" Studio of Jean Van Brederode on April, 17, 18 and 19, 2015!


Here are a few photos of the Mandala Journal being offered on Friday the 17th.   Thought I'd mention(as so many people have told me that from the photos they thought the journal pages were coaster size), I'd like to let you know that the pages are 8" in diameter. However, I do also like the idea of making a smaller one ... workshop for the future perhaps.


We still have room in Saturday and Sunday's workshop ... "Over the Edge" and "Urban Ransom". Do consider joining us for one or all classes!  We'd love to see you there!


You can see more photos of these journals on my website. WWW.IngridDijkers.com


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