Neon Peace: I don't usually take photos of pages before completion but this was an exception. (I had the background paint on it when I took the last batch of photos but it wasn't done. I took a photo of it anyway. The page has been done for awhile now but I didn't have any other pages done. I like to post a few pages at a time.) After trying to figure out what to do on top of NEON, I decided to just roll with my '80's vibe and throw in a little hippie '60's. I think I was finally successful in making a Happy page.
A Certain Darkness: Opposite of the "Happy Hippie" page, this page was inspired by a tag I did for Halloween. I got this quote stamp from Unity Stamps as I use a lot of night skies and stars in my work. (what can I say? I love the stars and the moon!) The tag had an owl, however, perched on an outstretched limb of the tree. But I loved the look of my torn paper moon and birch tree, so I decided to recreate it in my journal. This background was perfect. The background was an odd bluish-green acrylic that I tried to tone down with a layer of gesso. I still didn't like it so I went over the whole thing with black paint and wiped some away with a baby wipe. I love the gelato "glow" on this page. I had used Mod Podge to attach my paper elements and gelato works so well smeared along the edges.
It's Not Easy: This page was going to be some kind of bubbling cauldron with it's green circle background but my drawing got in the way. I painted in the cauldron but something was off. I realized that the lip of the cauldron was in front of my bubbling spray. I painted over it and tried again. Much better. Then, I outlined with a pen and cut it off again! So I gave up and collaged some dictionary paper over the cauldron to start over. But I couldn't get a good idea going. I decided to just stick with green and get the page over and done. So it's not easy being green.
Amazingly, I took more photos of started pages so my next post about the Artist Journal should have some Before and After shots!
Thanks for reading!
"Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world." --Journey