One really important fact about art journaling is that pages do not always turn out pretty. Sometimes accidents happen such as exploding pens. Other times a technique you like does not turn out well. This is especially the case when it comes to image transfers.

An image transfer involves getting an image from its original surface to the surface where you want it. There are lots of ways to do this and some are more precise than others. I do not mind some irregularity or distress in the transferred image.

Experimenting with Imperfection by Heather Kindt

It is not uncommon for me to get more than “some” irregularity. This particular journal had sketch paper that was a bit thin for this technique. Sometimes the journal paper ripped off and stuck to the image instead of the image separating for its original surface! Also this was the first time I was using Donna Salazar’s mixed media medium, and I was guessing with how much to use.

Experimenting with Imperfection by Heather Kindt

I did not get quite enough of the model’s head to make the face readily identifiable.

Experimenting with Imperfection by Heather Kindt

Here I lost too much of the eyes and the background made her forehead very blue.

Experimenting with Imperfection by Heather Kindt

Often I add to the images so even the rough ones work out.

Experimenting with Imperfection by Heather Kindt

In the one below, I ended up ripping a hole through the page just below the chin of the model in the transfer. I took the opportunity to cut up one of my Gel Press prints into petals and make a flower to patch up the page.

Experimenting with Imperfection by Heather Kindt

I am sharing this because just like life, stuff happens that makes a mess. We have ways to deal with it, but we do not have the choice to undo events. In my journal I repair, cover up, touch up, or ignore blemishes that cannot be undone, and I am ok with it.

To learn more about Heather see her bio page.

Gel Press - The Art of Well Being with Heather Kindt
Heather Kindt

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