I’m a bit behind on my art journal. I finally figured out why. I have journalled most of my life and it is my habit to tell the story. I got into that habit when I started looking back at my journal and not knowing what the heck I was talking about. So I began to give myself the back story on the situation as well.
When it came time to journal using art I found myself looking at the prompts and just being stumped. Seeing what other people were doing in the group gave me no inspiration and I started to wonder if I was wrong to try this art journal thing.
Then that lightbulb moment happened. I was talking with my friend who is participating with me. The more I talked, the more I learned. What I learned is that I needed a story. Once I had the story to tell, putting together the page was just a matter of time. For this page it happened once I realized what I was missing was words.
And now for the process. I started with a light layer of gesso. The background images are from my Citrasolv experiment. The portions of the page that weren’t covered by the backgrounds were shaded with metallic oil pastels and then washed the entire page with some blended Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolors. I love the slight sheen they give.
Initially the dictionary pages weren’t part of the process. I am loving building up my mixed media library to work with. After I finished the background I stood there looking at it for a few minutes and suddenly I knew which words needed to be a part of the process.
The little path pieces were done with my Friskars Texture Tool and Texture Plates. I did a bit of blending with Loew-Cornell oil pastels for a touch of color. Sadly that color doesn’t show too well in the pictures but trust me, it’s there.
I used the same watercolors on the light bulbs later. Those little cuties were designed on my Cricut Explore Air. I’m really having fun with this machine now that I don’t have the free subscription. I like being forced to make it myself instead of relying on someone else’s files.
What I love most about this piece is the story it tells.
The story is all there, if you know how to read it.
Until next time…