Thursday, June 11, 2009
New Journaling Approach
for Theme Thursday's Flourish Challenge
I don't know if you have noticed a change in my journal pages, but recently my approach has been much less controlled and I'm working a lot faster. I've become fascinated with the work of Juliana Coles, whose Exreme Visual Journals I first heard of in Sparkleface's inspiring Flickr galleries (here) and ran across again in Lynne Perrella's book, Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks while I was reading and journaling at the pool. I still love to create intricate borders with many layers of elements, but I also like to concentrate on color and energy, as I did on this page, Obedient Wreckage, Dare to Dream, and Letting Go. I'm writing less self-consciously and actually using my pages as an outlet for my feelings and responses to my life. Today's page started with the central image; the face is from the miost recent cover of Rolling Stone, and the flowers came from an English rose catalog. I used a rubber stamp that I got at Michael's so long ago that I'm not sure of the brand. The background and hair were done by layering a little molding paste, inks and acrylic paint, using my fingers, brushes, a crumpled grocery bag, and an old rag. After I glued all the pieces on my background, I went over everything, except the face, with a very watery wash of magenta paint, and then I journaled using my trusty black Pilot pen. All in all, I spent about 2 hours on this page. That might not sound very fast to you, but a journal page often takes me a whole day and then some!