The art journaling session that produced this layout was all about play and having fun! I started with no particular theme or image in mind and simply allowed myself to enjoy the process.
After I prepped my pages by taping the middle seam and coating the pages with a quick layer of white gesso, I sprayed on some Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray. Because the pages have gesso, the Color shine spray will puddle and run which creates a lovely drippy background for my journaling. I let the drips run this way and that by holding the book upright at different angles. I also spritzed water here and there to encourage even more drippage. There may or may not have been random outbursts of, “Oh, I love that!” and giggling as I held my journal up and thwacked it on the tabletop to encourage the drips to run further.
– On a side note, I usually keep a piece of paper under my book when I do this to catch those drips. That paper, when it’s dry, can be used in future art journaling pages. It’s the art version of “2 birds, 1 stone”, y’all.
Next, I added some drawn elements like circles, dots, criss-crosses, etc. I used white and black Stabilo All pencils, watercolor markers, paint markers, pencils, and a waterbrush filled with India ink. I softened up some of the marks I made with the watercolor markers with a damp paintbrush.
I took out my little CD cases filled with words and phrases I’ve cut out and collected from old books. I played around with different ideas to put in the middle of the biggest swirl on the pages but nothing really clicked…until I saw the phrase “you long to cycle back” then the rest fell into place. Found poetry is a treasure hunt and a puzzle all in one to me.
After I took a purple watercolor marker and colored in around the phrase to visually anchor and incorporate it more fully into the pages, I called it done.
Well, for now.
I can never leave an art journal page alone…it’s such fun! 😉
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