Wow! This month is flying by! It will be New Years before we know it. Yikes!!
Today I got back to the Jennibellie challenge (7 art journal pages in 7 days, each day a different technique or product). I am on day 4 and this is the technique I blindly drew from the box on my desk:
Finally! I’m glad I got paint/ink sprays this time because the remaining two techniques (ephemera and pens/doodling) don’t make sense before the pages are painted. That’s the good news. That bad news is that at least one page really didn’t lend it self to either painting or ink sprays but I did my best. Here are my seven pages after I applied paint or ink:
Oops! I guess I forgot to crop this one. I water-colored this using Ranger Distress stains instead of watercolor paint. I really loved this after Day 2 when it was all black and white but now I’m not so sure. We’ll see where this ends up after Day 7.
This page really didn’t call for paint and I think I screwed it up trying to add gesso and some blue paint around the face/braids. I may have to fix this in the final step. I did change her lip color to be consistent with the colors on the page and painted the whites of her eyes to stand out more. I liked this page the best after Day 2 and now I like it the least.
I’m really liking this one right now. I water-colored the dog and some of the stencil pieces with autumn-toned Ranger Distress stains. I have no idea where I will go from here on this but I love it as it is.
I used water color paint on this for the towel, her hair and a yellow wash around the body. I wanted the body to remain untouched because I might doodle on it or add words later. I love the soothing but bright colors on this page.
On this page I started with the sky and decided to use a complementary color to the art-deco blue washi tape that was on the page. Watered down orange/yellow acrylics seemed to make it stand out and is consistent with a fiery sunset skyline. I do wish, however, that I had not highlighted the swirls in orange. The buildings I did using cheap watercolors in pastel colors, much like what you would see on the art-deco buildings in Miami along South Beach. I still have to meld that bright sky and those pastel buildings.
I love how this turned out with her bright hair and pale eyes & skin. I used soft body acrylics and gesso for her face/hair/lips/eyes. I gessoed the rest of the page, over the collage/stamps, then sprayed Prima Color Bloom spray in Summer Sky over that. It was a coincidence that it matched her eyes.
I couldn’t figure out what to paint on this page so I used a guache watercolor the same color as the ball to outline the feathers, the stamped words and all of the circles. I also touched up the areas on the girl’s body that had torn when I glued them with a glue stick and tried to make the tears less noticeable. I painted the sky blue with an acrylic wash and then went over it with gesso to tone it down some. I think I will end up liking this page after I finish it up on Day 7. Right now I’m a little ho-hum about it.
I spent a lot more time on these pages today than for any other step and I’m rather ambivalent about them right now. Most are in that in-between ugly stage. I’m hoping the next three days will fix them up and I’ll like them all in the end.
I am glad I created and I hope you got to be creative today too!
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