Hi! I just wanted to post an email I received recently from Damiane. When I replied to it, the email address supplied bounced it back to me. Then I realized it’s something others might be wondering about as well...
I love your recent posts on art journaling! Very, very beautiful and inspiring.
I have a quick question for you. I still haven't made my first art journal because I've read online comments about the pages sticking together due to the acrylic paints (especially inexpensive ones). Is this your experience?
I once tried to alter a book using glazes, and yes, the dried paint resulted in gooey, sticky pages. Sigh.
I love your work, and I look forward to your response.
By the way, I own your DVD. Do you use "watercolor" paper by Fabriano Artistico? What paints do you personally use? I know that in the DVD you mentioned that any paint (even less expensive ones) work.
I'm considering Claudine Hellmuth's paints. Any suggestions?
Thanks for your email...I've never really had pages stick together. I don't use gel medium over them. That will definitely make them stick. I don't use gel medium over my collage bits either.
I use Fabriano hot press 140 lb. paper to make my journals. It’s the one material I splurge on. I love the way it accepts all mediums. I don’t have to use gesso either. It’s a thick, sturdy, smooth paper. As for paint, if you are just starting out you might want to use cheap paints for a while. That way you won't be afraid to use them...I always was worried that I would "waste" my more expensive supplies when I first started journaling. I still use the cheapie craft paints you can buy at Michaels. They leave a matte finish, which I really like and they're CHEAP! I don't use glazes either.
Thanks for getting the DVD! Enjoy!
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