Spread 159 – 23 Prompts

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Spread 159 – 23 Prompts

7 February 2014

Vintage and found papers, wrapping paper, paint chips, tracing paper image, metal tape, ink, white gesso, Nova color acrylic paint, matt medium, fiber paste, personal photo, Sigano white gel pen.

One afternoon during my visit with John & Terry we spend the afternoon together playing an art journaling game. We would take turns giving prompts and executing them in our journal. We went around for 23 prompts. This spread is the result in my journal. We had so much fun together, laughing and sharing, learning. A side note, the image on the right side is of my father standing on his head in the snow.

That was a very special day for us. Looking back it brings tears to my eyes. Three gown men playing like children together.

John’s spread is here.

Terry’s spread is here.

John documented our prompts here they are:

1.  Start a background…..could be paint or could be masking tape….whatever desired

2.  Writing experience…..in our case write about our friendship experience

3.  add 3 pieces of ephemera

4.  choose a paint color and apply with credit card

5.  pass journal to the right and add a piece of ephemera

6.  pass back and add a geometric or pattern piece of ephemera

7. pass to another and add  a line dimension

8.  pass back and cover 1/3 of spread with a dark or light color and distress

9.  add a color and then scribe or use scraffito technique

10.  write a word in large letters

11.  add metal tape to spread

12.  create ink drips

13.  use modeling paste…mix with color if you like. ….place on spread in a few locations….close journal and rub….open journal and dry paste.  Sand if desired

14.  add ephemera

15.  add gesso with a brayer or brush…..can also add gesso that is watered to milk consistency

16. add a piece of ephemera to a corner, dry and distress with sandpaper

17.  stencil an area with a pattern

18.  find a natural item…leaf, etc…paint it and print with it.

19.  add circles to your spread….paint or paper

20.  find a focus piece of ephemera, add to spread…dry and distress.

21. tie the work together with matte varnish and distress inks

2018-05-03T13:39:48+00:00February 19th, 2014|Art Journals|9 Comments


  1. Nancy aka madhabitz February 19, 2014 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    I’ve loved every single image you guys have shared– it sounds like an amazing experience. Want to share what the 23 prompts were?

    • apaperbear February 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      I updated the post Nancy with the prompts. Thank you for your wonderful comment and the suggestion to add the prompts.

      • Nancy aka madhabitz February 21, 2014 at 11:20 pm - Reply

        Thank you thank you!

      • Nancy aka madhabitz February 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm - Reply

        Seriously, this is just too amazing and I will treasure these prompts. Thanks also to John for documenting them.

  2. Orly February 19, 2014 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    So beautiful, the pages, the “event”, your sentiments here….very moving..love to you three sweet sweet men..

  3. rox February 20, 2014 at 12:22 am - Reply

    love that you shared the prompts. really digging how these pages turned out…

  4. Seth February 20, 2014 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Stunning pages…and what a unique and innovative approach to creating.

  5. john February 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    It was an amazing experience and to think we got to do it again at Irene Rafael’s a few days later. I am planning a repeat in 2015….maybe we can meet on the Oregon coast….I will rent the house! 🙂

  6. Darlene Campbell February 21, 2014 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Oh, I love using metal tape and fiber paste. Good idea to collaborate on prompts.

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