I've done a few pages in my art journal over the last week... just playing, exploring, trying out new things... I came up with three very different pages, but I really like them all.
First, I did some collage for this one - lots of found paper scraps, washi tape, acrylic paint, and some liquid pearls. Words cut from magazine pages... I already had all of these cut out, and they formed a fitting sentiment for the direction I'm heading right now :)
The next one I started right after I finished the above page... I had bookmarked a gorgeous picture of a Mona Lisa Anenome, and I wanted to try drawing it, so I did it right in my art journal and kind of went with it as it evolved.
The image is painted mostly with my Angora watercolors, along with a little touch of Inktense pencils and some Derwent watercolor pencils. The blue border is acrylic - I wanted it a bit stronger, and then I used oil pastels over the top to give a bit more intensity to the color here and there.
Finally, I felt like it needed red so it wasn't quite so anemic looking, so I brought in the Liquid Pearls and some patterned paper scraps. Another magazine word and some letter stickers. I'll have to do something like this again in the future - I love how it turned out!
And last but not least, Saturday I got my April stencils from the StencilGirl stencil club, and I wanted to do something with them right away. I took the 6x6 lightbulb stencil and the 4x4 alphabet and used them for this page:
I used silver paint to paint the bottom 2/3 of each of the lightbulbs onto the page through the stencil, moving it around to place them. Then I painted flower blobs with lots of different colored acrylic until it looked the way I wanted it.
I used Silks to paint the insides of the bulbs, with oil pastel over top once it had dried. I also painted the bulbs and flowers first and then put in the background - I used Golden Fluid Acrylics - teal, cobalt turquoise, and green gold. For a bit I thought I'd ruined the whole thing, but it worked out! Then I used some ink to put bits of alphabet here and there, and then to edge the page.
And of course, because I have a Liquid Pearl addiction, I outlined everything with them. I especially like the way it added some dimension and definition - the silver worked really well for detail on the bulbs and to ground them like they're on poles. I finished it by adding a quote with rubons. I ended up starting it too high so I wasn't happy with the positioning... I originally did the smaller type all in black and hated it, so I went over it with a yellow Montana paint marker and while the positioning still irks me a bit, I'm much happier with it. This quote is especially a propos for me right now... lots of scary things with great potential on the horizon!
And now, since my boxes aren't going to be delivered for another day or two, I'm going to take advantage of not having to start packing yet to play some more while I watch playoff hockey :)