Today I did two pages in my holiday art journal. That’s not exactly true. I finished a page that I began a few days ago; I did a quickie collage page; and I started (but did not finish) another page that contains a lot of drawing. Here are the two pages I finished today.
A few days ago, I posted this painted background with just a sketch of the uppermost cat. At the time I had no idea where the page was going. Last night I had an idea for the words on the page: “We wish you a merry Catmas” . . . except when I said it out loud in my head it came out “We wish you a Merry Catmouse.” Perfect! I couldn’t pass that up so I went with it. The cats and mice were sketched with a pencil and outlined with a black china marker. The lettering and all of the details were done with a Posca paint pen in white and a black Fude ball pen. This page makes me smile.
Yesterday I added the red & white washi tape to the inside of one of the cereal boxes I used in creating my holiday journal. Today while thinking of whether or not to paint this page, I saw a piece of Tim Holtz scrapbook paper that had old-fashioned alphabet blocks on it. I thought they would look perfect directly on the cardboard itself. Since there were only one of each letter of the alphabet, I decided on the phrase ‘kid toys’. Once that was decided on, I looked for something in my stash that was related. I found a roll of vintage bingo cards and cut one to use as the center background. I also cut out the letter blocks and collaged all onto the page. I then used Crayola crayons to outline the letter blocks and, finally, I drew the baseball and jack. I like how the page came out. It takes me back to my childhood in the 50’s when all of those items were popular.
These pages were fun but now I have housework to do. I’ll be back, maybe tomorrow, with more creative play in my holiday art journal. I hope you make time today, too, for some creative fun!