Some days what you see in your mind does not translate to the page. Today is one of those days. The NaNoJouMo song-title prompt for the day was “Suit and Tie” by Justin Timberlake. I wanted a dapper man in suit and tie and the words “I be on my suit and tie” as well as another line from the lyrics “Let me show you a few things”.
Well, I did find a magazine photo of a man in a suit which was the correct size for the page but the black inks of the image were more charcoal gray than the glossy black I had envisioned. I wanted to create a background that had Payne’s gray (almost a charcoal navy color) and a turquoise green to offset the black of the image. I created the background using acrylic paints and a stencil. It looked fine on its own but I wasn’t sure at first how to write over the top of the stenciled parts. I used Posca paint pens in black and green and simply wrote over the top of the stenciled parts . . . but, unfortunately, the writing didn’t show up very well. And the image of the man didn’t show up well against the background so I used a green oil pastel and a black paint pen to outline the image, which did help a little. I also did some doodling on the page to help integrate the background colors a bit. Here’s what I ended up with.
I’m not wild about the finished journal page but every time I do something that doesn’t work, I learn something from it: either what not to do in the future or what I can do to fix it.
Also, I realized that I really don’t like following the NaNoJouMo prompts much. I’d rather come up with my own inspiration and create that. So, although I may use the prompts now and again, I think I’ll just follow my own heART for the rest of the month and do what calls to me.
May your own muse call to you to do something creative today also!