Earlier this year, I took a great on-line glass with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, 30 Days in Your Journal and it added a new dimension to my art journaling. I do lots of things in my journals, play with color, test out techniques, write, remember quotes, etc. etc. Here are some of my recent pages.
This page was based on Dina Wakley's Art Journal Freedom and the scraped and painted technique she demonstrates. I used a silhouette from a magazine and while I was writing came up with "Book of Troubles"...there's been a lot going on in our lives lately and I kinda like the phrase. I bet I use it again. The white birds are an old Tim Holtz stamp that I embossed.
Have I mentioned I love color? This was a play day with garden colors to honor my Aunt Jane who founded Quarry Hill Botanical Garden, a wonderful garden in Sonoma, CA. I used gesso, neo-color water soluble crayons, and Dylusions white spray through a crafter's workshop bamboo stencil.
Our summer, while very late in starting, has been awesome. I drive by a lake every time I leave my house where there are lily pads. It kinda looks like a lake, huh? I like the colors in these pages, but I can't spell and that's why there is a 2013 in the word solstice (because I added an extra i) and seriously need to play with perspective. I used water colors, twinkling H2Os, ZIM pens and a couple of copic markers.
I made this one day as an antidote to creating a totally white piece. I also wanted to play with the "of the moment" neon orange which I picked up at Michaels for a whopping 79 cents!
So many of my journal pages are just an excuse to play with colors that speak to me that day, which is how this page started. It's also any example of stamping the Donna Donney flower stamp on tissue paper and then affixing it to the journal page with multi-medium. The stamp rocks!
And finally the oldest page....full of twinkling H2O's and a new Tim Holtz stamp. I love Tim Holtz stamps!!