Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Let Nature Be Your Teacher

I had fun playing with these Art Journal pages.
I gessoed the blank pages, sprayed over a leaf stencil 
(the results of which I subsequently obliterated!), 
and then printed the 'roses' using the end of a head of 
celery smushed in red  acrylic paint.
I then used watercolour crayons to add depth, 
scrubbing back with barely damp kitchen towel 
where necessary.
The sweet black and white photograph of the
parent and baby bird was from a pile found
in a charity shop.
The feather, one of many found on dog walks, 
has been stuck in with gel medium.

The quote is by William Wordsworth.

These pages are a bit bigger than my usual 
moleskine book, the double page spread 
being 27cm x 21cm.

Now to get started on the 
Sketchbook Project 2012, 
but not tonight because DD Hope and I 
are off to the cinema to see the new version of 
Jane Eyre..........



sugar Creek said...

Beautiful! Who knew celery could be so pretty!

SusieJ said...

A new use for celery (sure beats eating it! lol). Lovely pages and that bird image is very sweet.
Enjoy the film tonight.
Hugs xx

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Wow, you are genious! Who would have thought to use the end of the celery bunch??? I love it! I hope you enjoyed Jane Eyre. I saw it and loved it, but I love period pieces in that era, especially Austin's books in movies.
Hugs and blessings

Sabrina said...

I'm jumping onto the "impressed by new use of celery" bandwagon. You are so impressive!! Have fun with Jane Eyre!

Bad Penny said...

Celery printing ? How lovely !

You must report on Jane Eyre as I might take Jess. I've heard it is more about the romance & less about the scarey bits !

craftattack said...

Great journal pages and I wanna go and see Jane Eyre too! Valerie

joy said...

Celery?? A new tool for us to play with. Great spread, Joanna - love the colors and the quote.

Jennie Louise said...

Hi. Is this how you will decorating your art journal for the sketchbook project?
Looks good !
No idea yet if I can commit to the project... how many pages is it and how many days is it for... just til book is completed?
jenn x

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Love,love it,Jo!!Have fun at the movies:)

Susan said...

Great pages! I also love your celery roses!

Menopausalmusing said...

At last: a use for celery (a vegetable, which along with broad beans, I have always felt should be blasted off the face of the earth!!). Lovely effects there Jo. Hope Jane Eyre lives up to expectations.

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Fab pages, love the roses! Hope you enjoyed your night at the flicks :)
Jan x

Susan T said...

I really like what you have done with this Jo, celery as a paintbrush you are a clever lady, what an inventive idea.

Helena and I want to go and see Jane Eyre, mind you we had a major passion for Toby, do you think Michael will measure up.

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Love it!
Awesome technique with the celery, never would have guessed.
enJOY the movie,

Suzie said...

Love the celery effect and bird photo too. Have just looked up Gesso as I'd never heard of it, so have learnt something new - just wondering how I can use it with the type of things I make.
Suzie x

Katie said...

so pretty! And have fun with the sketchbook project! Can't wait to see those pages too!

Gina said...

Wow! Love the celery roses!

missy k said...


Great pages.....big!!!!

I am wondering how the thought came to you to use the celery??? Inspirational and totally brilliant!

Am I the only one that likes celery btw?

Looking forward to seeing your sketchbook project develop:)


Jewels said...

Well that is certainly one way to get your daily dose of veggies (LOL) - brilliant Jo. Love the graphics you used. Watched Jane Eyre on cable while husband was out of town - very "moody". Will be interested to hear what you think of it!

Joanna said...

I have to confess, I saw the celery thing done elsewhere - can't think where now - but thought, ooh that's a good idea. So not my idea but I did remember it, which is something of an achievement for me!


Carmen said...

Absolute gorgeousness. Just love it - and the celery idea too.

Virginia said...

Oh the celery idea is genius - I had to get my head around how you'd done it - me thinks it's been a long day!

Printed Material said...

Beautiful pages Jo. The bird is a treasure. Why don't I find things like that in the charity shop? Am catching up with posts so suspect a later post will tell me what you thought of Jane Eyre? I thought it was awful but seem to be in the minority! Lesley x