Monday 28 December 2020

Art Journal Journey ~ The meaning of.. Curiosity

 Hello Creative Friends

Did you take time out for you this Christmas?? 

This is my penultimate page as Guest Host @ 

I'm sure you've all guessed by now why my website is called 
Hotchpotch Creations, I find it hard to sit still with one 
medium, there's so much to learn, explore and mix together.

As a mixed media artist the importance of experimenting 
with things is vital, it explains what mediums can do with 
surprising results at times and helps me work out how to 
bring the vision I see in my head onto my page. 

Curiosity gives me confidence to create in my own eyes..

Starting with a stampendous owl's face he peeps through a torn page 
stained tea water & layers of modeling paste sprinkled with loose tea. 

Smudges of expanding foam heated and scraped using a fork, 
I revisited this page many times before I was happy with it's 
bark like effect. Painted with distress paint and a coating of 
clear gesso a stamperia bark stamp fills in any gaps. 

Making an impression in a piece of wet clay 
using a Tim Holtz red rubber stamp it reads.. 

*Replace Fear of the Unknown with Curiosity* 

Painted and attached to the tree bark page 
I used my finger like a paintbrush smudging green paint 
down the page, replicating tree moss and lichen.

Thank you all so much for joining me and sharing 
your wonderful creative talents @ Art Journal Journey.

Stay safe & ever creative 
Tracey xx

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My name is Erika. said...

Wow Tracey. This page just blows me away. It is unbelievably gorgeous. You created not only great bark but that owl looks real. Your painted feathers are amazing too. I love owls so this page really made me stop in my tracks, and I think I learned a few tricks from studying it myself. I'm with you about trying new media and techniques. That is one thing about mixed media and journaling that I love too. There is always something to learn and experiment with. It doesn't get boring, does it? Thanks for this amazing page and I hope your week starts off well. Last week of 2020. Hard to believe but it will be nice for 2021. Hugs-Erika

Valerie-Jael said...

This page is stunning Tracey, love how you made it. Fantastic! Have a good and safe week, hugs, Valerie

craftytrog said...

Wow Tracey! That's an amazing piece of art! I adore owls, and this one is fantastic!
Thanks for your lovely comment on my Divided page. Unfortunately my fat finger deleted it instead of publishing.
Wishing you a happy new week,
Alison xx

brenda said...

I think you probably had immense fun creating this piece Tracey. It's a fabulous Owl which looks almost real with the reflection in his eyes and then you have built up so much dimension and texture making a wonderful tactile creation.

Many thanks for sharing and joining us at We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge this month.

B x

Leanne Harris said...

Well from one mixed media artist to another - I LOVE THIS!!!!! Lots of texture, colour and confidence shows through on this creation - you've clearly had lots of fun and have a big passion for using all those different mediums when you create. Many thanks for joining us at We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge xxxx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Tracey, great page. I absolutely understand your blog title and your curiosity for testing out different medium. Wishing you a lovely creative week. Hugs, Angela xXx

Sue said...

Tracey your art just blows me away! This is absolutely stunning, the owl is so life-like and he looks wonderful sat safely in his tree. I would love to watch you create and get a little insight into your thought processes. Take care and have a very happy 2021, Sue xx

DVArtist said...

Hi Tracey. This is a stunning piece of art. I do something like this with leather, however not as amazing as your piece. The colors are perfect and the texture.... well it is simply breath taking. Have a great day.

Darnell said...

Incredible, Tracey! Just incredible! The texture and colors and rustic woodsy feel of the page are amazing and that owl is ALIVE. I swear, he's alive! What a talented mixed media artist you are!! Happy New Year! Hugs, Darnell

Kathleen said...

A really super image along with a really super background. Thank you for joining our 'Anything Goes' challenge at We love Chocolate Baroque.

Kath x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Unbelievable, Tracey. If this is your penultimate entry, I can't wait to see how you outdo this. I am so in awe of your art and you are an incredible artist. I love the different techniques you tried and the results you achieved. Simply magical, dear. Thanks for another inspiring page at Art Journal Journey.

Mac Mable said...

What fun you had creating this marvellous page Tracey. I enjoyed reading how you did the amazing bark.....Amazing owl too x. Very inspirational and a mixed media masterpiece x.

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous page Tracey, that owl looks almost real with the reflection in his eyes. Love how you've built up the layers of bark. I can tell you had fun with this page.
Avril xx
p.s. Thanks for linking over at Stamping Sensations. x

nwilliams6 said...

Oh my gosh, I totally love this! So much texture and such a great message as well. You are so talented! I looked at this three times now. Happy New Year!

Redanne said...

This is a gorgeous page Tracey! I love owls and this one looks so realistic and so does the tree, the opening for the owl is fantastic and the whole page was worth every moment of your efforts. Your joy in mixed media shines through in every project you make and your blog is very aptly named!

Keep safe and well my friend. Hugs, Anne xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Oh my, isn't that owl adorable! I love how he is peeking out at us and the texture is amazing 😁. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy the rest of the festive season and all the best for 2021! Hugs, Jo x
p.s. I'm joining you in the fluffy department with all the food and drink over Christmas too 😉. xx said...

Wow, stunning piece Tracey, and wonderful texture that you have created. Best wishes for the new year. michelle x