At one point while I was listening to my Pandora station, the song “Hello” by Martin Solveig came on. I was actually about 90% done with the layout at the time, and I had already added the raised “Hello” stamped object on the interior of the little peek-a-boo card in the center of the layout and just decided the feel of the song kind of matched the upbeat feel of the layout. So, I went with it and added a giant “Hello” hand sketched text to the layout and named it that.
I’m not particularly fond of this layout. I need to really work on my butterfly-drawing skills. I really had no idea what direction I wanted to go with this layout when I started it. It kind of took on a mind of its own and I just went with the flow.
The pretty butterfly ephemera came from a little gift shop I had visited down at Union Station in Denver while I was spending an afternoon with a friend. The wings actually came attached to a bug molding, but I cut it off else it would have made the page nearly impossible to close (and thus mess up working on future pages.)
I began the layout by tearing scraps of paper from old books and a phone directory and adhering them to the two-page spread using gel medium. After everything was down, I prepped the spread with gesso tinted with white acrylic to tone back the text of the book scraps. In hindsight (art journal – learning!) I realized that the watercolor I put over the top of that was really a lot more opaque than I thought it would be and ended up blocking out most of the text (so much for all that work with the background paper.)
I added splashes of watercolor in blue, magenta and violet all over the page as a base. It was a really busy base so I wanted to break it up a bit with something solid, so I took an old stationery card with foil accents by Paperchase and hit it with some Dylusions ink sprays (it was originally a brown paper stock). I then glued it into the layout. I hid the Paperchase logo of the card with the “Hello” tag which I made with a couple scraps of paper, some raised double-sided tape for depth and some alphabet stamps and Distress ink.
I realize I could really go on and on about this layout and all the steps I took with it. Just from looking at it I’m sure one can see that I just kept adding and adding. I’ll spare you the detailed descriptions, but you can see I’ve got smudges of acrylic paint, a lot of hand drawing and Zentangle-inspired art, paper scraps, etc.
Finally at some point I had either decided I was satisfied with the layout or maybe I was tired of it! But there you go. I watched a YouTube video maybe a month ago of another artist working in her art journal and she said something along the lines that “every page doesn’t have to be your favorite.” I would heartily agree with this one.
It was a great experiment for me, however, to see how some mediums worked (i.e. the unexpectedly opaque watercolor) and to see where my strong points and weaknesses lie (strong – hand lettering… weak – drawing butterflies!)
And for your listening pleasure:
Hope you enjoyed the layout. I am open to comments and suggestions on how to better describe processes, etc.
List of materials:
Liquitex Clear Gesso
Golden Soft Gel (Matte)
Ranger Dylusions Ink Spray
Artist’s Loft acrylic paints in Blue Light
Liquitex acrylic in titanium white
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Bic Mark-It permanent marker
Gelly Roll white pen
Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils
Elmer’s CraftBond tacky glue