Things are starting to get busy for me. Christmas is less than two weeks away and I have shopping to do, wrapping to do, baking to do, and gift-making to do. I have decided to put aside my holiday art journal until at least the day after Christmas. I think there will still be time to fill it up by the first week in January when other art commitments will take its place.
I did finish two pages today. Both were quick and easy.
This started out as Christmas paper that I had folded and sewn into my hand-made journal. It is slightly redder than the photo makes out with a faint pink texture in the background and 3 tiny pink elephants. I outlined the little elephants and then laid a large elephant mask on the paper and outlined it. I used a different stencil in a Marakesh pattern over the outline and pounced frosted pink paint through the stencil. Once the paint dried I outlined the pattern using the same Signo Broad pen in blue-black. I added the words using the blue-black pen and tried to fill in the puffy letters with a light pink souffle pen which didn’t quite work. It reacted with the blue-black pen so it is not as clean as I would have liked. But I do like the page. It is rather non-traditional but the frosty pink adds some holiday zest.
For this one, I drew and collaged various Christmas trees onto a page of Bristol paper in the journal. I had previously dripped Adirondack ink in red and teal on the top of the page. I decorated some of the trees using Pitt Big Brush pens and Sakura souffle pens. Others, specifically those collaged from colorful papers, I left as is. It was a simple page to put together and I wish I had not used a page with the ink at the top. But it is colorful and full of Christmas tree cheer.
You may not see me on the blog again until after Christmas, but rest assured I will be creating daily. I hope to show you some of my hand-made gifts after the holiday itself. I hope you find time in your busy holiday schedule for creativity too. Good wishes to you all during this holiday season!
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!
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