Friday, June 19, 2009

Wreck This Journal - Part 3

The weather is so nice and my days have been so busy with school out, I haven't had much time to even think of WTJ. Fortunately, I did remember to at least get a few things done!

burn this page

I started looking around for a lighter . . . and couldn't find one. Matches? Don't have any in the house. No fireplace. My stove is electric, so couldn't produce a flame. I was standing in my kitchen with my journal while cooking dinner and trying to figure out how to burn this thing. An AHA moment finally arrived! Who says I need to have a flame? I quickly and awkwardly lifted up the skillet I was cooking on and laid my page on time of the hot stove. I had to move it around a bit to get more burns in, then promptly replaced it with the skillet again.


I was really scared at first, but then I remembered that the sink was right behind me if the burn turned into something more. Though I think I should have been more concerned that I was balancing a hot skillet in one hand while burning my journal in another!

I was going to do more with the page, but thought that the burn looked great on it's own (and whenever I think of touching the burned parts it cracks or falls off).

tear this page out.
(put it in your pocket. put it through the wash. put it back in.)

I crumpled it into a ball and threw it into a pocket of one of my pants I was about to put in the wash. Though the paper is a bit on the thinner side, I was expecting it to make it back in one piece. Wrong!


I wanted to at least attempt to put the page back together. It was separated into little bits and still crumpled up. I had to slowly pull them apart just to see what was on the page without it breaking even more in my hands. Of course, I couldn't just leave it at that! I ended up taking some distress ink and lightly rubbing it along the top and edges of the page. When all was done, I took a glue stick and placed back in.

do some rubbings with a pencil.

If you haven't figured it out yet, I love having color! I grabbed a #2 pencil, ready to do some rubbings when I thought, "No way! It's going to look so dull!" It was quickly followed by, "Who says it has to be a #2 pencil?" Colored pencils to the rescue!


I grabbed my four-sided cheese grater (using only three sides) and used a different color for each side. I love the funky layered look that came out of it!

I see more fun times ahead with all of you and this journal! Happy wrecking everyone!

9 comments:

sherrileigh said...

Way to embrace the burning despite a lack of flame! That was quite inventive. Happy wrecking!

Katherine said...

I love all your creative uses of kitchen appliances and tools!

Kirby3131 said...

The cheese grater! Fabulous!! I want to go back and use that now LOL I wondered if maybe you had put the paper in a new pair of brown pants or something - so I'm glad you mentioned that you had inked the edges. I was totally intrigued. It looks very cool.

Sheila said...

Creative! Your 'through the washer' is beautiful with the distress ink. And totally CRRRACKS me up that your studiovee side bar is 'powered by Art Fire'...irony or kismet?

Rose said...

I love all these pages! I love that you glued the page to another sheet and distressed it. I love that you managed to burn your page despite difficulty. I love the colourful cheese grater rubbings!

Genie Sea said...

The washed page looks wonderfully wrecked! And awesome idea using the grater! :)

Jamie Ridler said...

What fun! That washed page looks totally awesome. You're inspiring me to do that one next!

The Other Laura said...

I can't wait to wash my page now! Great wrecking.

Barbara Martin (@Reptitude) said...

That washed page is totally awesome like an ancient piece that has been reconstructed by a museum archaeologist. Mine got disappeared by the sock gremlin who lives in my washer. ;(