Cleaning up my desk, I found some "spare parts" from my gelli print collages. So, in the journal they went - a watercolor spritzed background gave them a perfect home. The flowers (cut from book pages) needed a little more contrast, so I added some Portfolio Pastel to them.
Several years ago I mixed up some acrylic ink by diluting heavy body acrylic paint in water. I sponged it onto large sheets of water color paper and onto journal pages. Some recent posts by Catherine Scanlon inspired me to get it out again and paint with it.
Yesterday I mentioned Cathy Johnson, author of Artist's Journal Workshop. I read this a couple of years ago and found it very inspiring, so I've been dipping into a few of her older books lately. Mostly I still feel like a beginner, so I'm enjoying this First Step one immensely.
I don't spend much time on Facebook, but I found a delightful group created by Cathy Johnson, the author of Artist's Journal Workshop. (The name of the group is also Artist's Journal Workshop). I received a warm welcome and some lovely comments on this page, so I'm posting another.
I have a love/hate relationship with multi-layer art journaling. My current theory is that my difficulties stem from an inability to turn off my left brain - the side that asks "What next? Isn't there something better?" and the side where my Inner Critic lives. OK, lets be frank here: the side where my Inner Critic holds loud obnoxious parties.
When heat forced me out of my attic studio/office, I put together a journaling bag and began what might be my last foray into this journaling style. To begin, I'm finishing a few pages. I find that I'm enjoying it as long as I can turn off that left brain. Drugs may be required.