Two days after I put together my recycled art journal, I have decided that I am in love with it. It is so nice to doodle, stencil, paint & spray to my heart’s content knowing that it is just for me, just for fun! And I love that I am using a non-traditional holiday color scheme on the pages. The reds are more magenta, the greens more teal . . . and lemons, aquas, corals and violets have crept in there. It seems less formal and more festive to me than traditional Christmas colors.
This morning, I completed the back cover of the journal. I gessoed it to cover up the cereal box images and then stenciled snowflakes all over it in acrylic paints using colors that appeared on the front cover (the snowmen page). The stencil I used is called Blizzard by ColorBox. After the stenciled areas were dry I doodled inside each snowflake with a white Uni-ball Signo Broad pen (except the yellow snowflakes which I doodled with a black roller-ball pen). I love the way it turned out. No words. Just colorful snowflakes on a white background. I’ll leave the words and images for inside the journal.
When I finished the back cover I still had wet acrylics sitting on my palette. So I picked up a wide brush and used the paint up on the inside of the front cover. I didn’t bother to gesso. I merely painted directly on the inside cardboard of the cereal box that forms the cover of the journal. I like the blocky look of the paints. When I stared at it for a moment, I saw a cat’s head near the top center so I sketched in a whimsical cat onto the dried paint using a Stabilo All pencil (which is water-soluble). I decided to leave it for now until I decide what should accompany the kitty on the page.
I had a lot of fun this morning just playing in the journal. But now I have to do grown-up chores. I’ll be back another time with more.
I hope you can find something creative and fun to do today too!