First today a look at my pages while they are in the process of being created. Background beginnings on the left of various vintage papers; watercolor background on the right with words in fine black ink pen. A good start, I think.
The completed pages…I’m very, very happy with these pages. The only thing I wish were different is the quote in pink…would like different writing, but I’m working with what I have and where I am in my process of growth. Can’t knock that!
Very accurate quote in today’s world. To finish this page I covered the background paper in watered down gesso…really like this technique if you couldn’t tell already. The bands at the edge are watercolor and I love the way they look with some blending into each other.
The caption box has been outlined and embellished with a thick black marker. The floral image and the woman were cut from a vintage women’s magazine. I altered her original black/white image with watercolors and for the collar, a white paint pen. The words here are my own, relating to the quote. Loving this page!
“Beauty” These pages are a love-hate relationship for me. “LOVE” the right page…”hate” the left page because it ended up way too dark with the brown for my liking. More on individual photos.
I must say that I really like my original idea for this page. I pulled the colors from the vintage atlas on the right page and used acrylics in boxes. To soften them I added the brown paint, which I liked when I did it. I painted the words with acrylic paint and a fine brush…this is when the brown became too much for me…very distracting. So, I used the gesso over the acrylic to soften it, but couldn’t do that behind the letters. If I really wanted to I could redo the page, but I already redid it once because I originally did various shaped blocks and didn’t care for it. I’m not a perfectionist anymore so it stays as it is! Lesson learned. Again, my own words at the bottom of the page
As for the “LOVE”…a simple page, but I really like it. Watered down gesso covers the vintage atlas page and the travel stamp. The “Let Your Beauty be Seen…” is again from a vintage ’50’s magazine and I covered it with watercolor to make it stand out. Love the image of the woman on the ostrich from an old self-help book “Napkin Notes: on the art of living”. White paint pen on the top and bottom of the page.
The “little black sketchbook” awaiting my creativity
So, I am nearing the end of this little altered book…I have perhaps four to five spreads remaining at most. I’m almost sad to have it come to an end because I’ve enjoyed it so very much and I feel I have grown and learned throughout creating it. Yet, I already have a new venture started…a general art journal that will be more personal and promote growth not only of my creative side but also of myself as a person. At least, that’s what my hopes are. More in the next post. For now, here is a photo of the sketchbook I purchased to use for this art journal. Very plain…but so many pages waiting to be created upon!!
Peace to your hearts, Sara