I've also been playing with oil pastels and matte medium a fair bit lately, along with Pitt brush pens, beeswax, masking tape, blended fibre paste, paper clay, and watercolours.
This is the front cover to my current favourite journal. Patti and I found two of them left at The Papery and loved the weight of the paper. It really stands up to a lot of abuse. The shiny cover was a bit of a pain to sand off, but enough matte medium could make a politician stick to his promises...
One of the abused pages inside the journal du jour... Axel dubbed him Professor Erstwhile and it stuck. Must've been all the matte medium.
I had a wave of nostalgia the other day for being ten years old when I loved purple and reading the Oz books with all the John R. Neill illustrations.