|(Summertime Takes Flight/A Perfect Day)|
I was inspired by my friend Lenna to embark on, initially, a month's commitment to do some art journaling every day. It only needs to be 10 minutes and I am determined to try and do this. 'Art Journal Every Day' is run by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and there is so much to look at on her website,
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'Art Journal Every Day'
As inspiration, I used a great prompt from
'Summertime takes Flight'
which in turn was prompted by an article about this time of year when dragonflies suddenly start springing up.
The background is torn paper gessoed (my 'go-to' background!), which I coloured with water colour crayon and then the right hand side is sprayed over a mask with Cosmic Shimmer Mist (Ocean Sunlight, love it!). The left hand side was sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Mist (Golden Mint) which I then smeared to keep the sheen without the droplets). Over this I stamped in gold a paisley stamp, as well as giving the edges a gold smear. I rubber stamped the dragonflies on book text, cut them out and stuck them on, covering the black areas with shimmery black glitter glue. I loved the colours of the fibre which I stapled on the right hand side.
I wanted to use a family photograph and found this sweet
one of DD Hope as a toddler sitting on her little box slide. She is pointing at something (or someone) and is clearly entranced.
I enjoyed doing this, it's messier than I usually do and less controlled, and you know what? It was FUN!
I have made a conscious decision not to stress too much about these Art Journal spreads - they are an opportunity for me to try different things, work out what works, what doesn't and what I'd like to develop further.