Monday, June 1, 2009
The Obsession Continues
for Mixed Media Monday and Creative Therapy
This is really one of my favorite journal pages because of its evolution. (The scan, however, isn't very good because of the glare on it. I'm not sure what caused that to happen, unless it's because of the many layers of media on this page. For some reason, it shows up better on my Flickr page, if you have time to look here). I started this page while lying in the sun at the pool. Well, actually, I used a prepainted page, but I started layering at the pool. I added various papers, some handmade, and pages from an antique book. Then I doodled using a black Pilot pen, which smeared terribly because of the heat, I think, and I journaled about how I began painting again after a trip with Mr. Al, to the Bennett Street Art Gallery last year. I won't bore you with the details because I've told you about it here before, but you can read more about it on Creative Therapy's challenge this week in "Comments," if you'd like to. That night last year was the rebirth of my thwarted art career. So, back to the process. The face I used is courtesy of CollagePlay With Crowabout. (You may recognize my cousin Zoe in her art fairy costume here). Once I got home, I added a few more details, some layers of distressing ink, and even some candle wax to age the papers more. I think the wax may be what caused the glare, but I like what it did to my borders, and I'm a firebug at heart anyway. Finally, I added buttons from my collection and a butterfly, for good measure.
Even though, journaling at the pool is a challenge in itself, I'm pretty sure I'll keep doing it because it's just one more place I can continue my obsession with my art journal. And challenges almost always lead to interesting results, or, at the very least you learn something new, even if it's what NOT to do, right?