I realized I'd been spending so much time making canvases that I had neglected my Art Journal. So I gave it a little love this past week. Remember this Art Journal is based on the songs that I listen to while creating. I set my music on a random shuffle and see what comes up to inspire a layout or two. I'm working with a base of Dylusions Ink Sprays for a palette of colors to give me a start. Then, I throw on the earphones and see what shakes me up. Some songs are more inspiring than others especially when you already have something started like this spread.
You Gotta B: This spread started out very red. I tried to use the song "Auld Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg but no images really came to me. I drew some SAD champagne glasses in a toast but absolutely HATED it. I did like the Washi tape treatment at the top of the pages so thought maybe I'd spray some more Dylusions on it.
That created more of brown mess than anything. So I gessoed the bottom 3/4 of the page to cover a lot of the mess and my crappy drawing. A few more songs played through as I tried to figure out what to do with this orangish, brownish, reddish mess.
I had the butterflies laying in my scraps pile and decided that the colors would match pretty well. Then the song came up that I needed: You Gotta Be by Des'ree. I wrote the words in there and finished with more washi tape in orange.
Note: I will say that I don't share all my pages in this journal because some really are too crappy to be photographed! :)
Overall, it seems a tad bare to me but the real point of this page was to test out White Linen spray.
I'm beginning to think that the worse I mess up a page, the more I like the end result. The page that I was trying to cover up stuff ended up better (in my opinion) than the one with the colors that I like. Perhaps I just need to detach myself from the background and feel confident about covering it up.
"They say these waters aren't what they used to be but I got people back on land who count on me."
---Billy Joel, "Downeaster Alexa"