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Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Evolution of a Journal Page

I've been spending a lot of time with my visual journal, dear readers, and I thought I'd share a new page with you now and then. This one is instructive because I have photos of the different stages as I worked through it - and it's still in progress. I started this page in the Journaling Jam workshop I took with Juliana Coles last month. For a base layer, we covered the pages with tape of all kinds and then did free-writing over it ~


This free-writing practice makes a wonderful background for collage of all kinds, especially when you have a big, loopy handwriting like I do! I'm really glad I have the photo, because I may just print it out and use it in another piece. Like Traci Bautista says - leverage your artwork! Next, we collaged over the background using a prompt provided randomly by another person in the class. Here's what I had at the end of the day ~


I did not feel finished with this page spread, so I've worked on it intermittently in the last week or so. I wanted to integrate the spread by darkening the colors on the left-hand page. It's better, and I like the way the yellow caries through now, but I still want more of that rich, deep blue on the left side. I also did not care for the large female figure in the upper center of the spread. I layered over her with a translucent paper (actually a dried and flattened tea-bag paper!) and worked in some of the yellow paint. Here's where the spread stands now ~


It's much better, don't you think? The covered-over figure still bugs me, so I think I'll collage over it with another image entirely. And I still have to work in the "meaning" of the page. The original prompt was Exorcising Sister Grace. Or maybe Exercising Sister Grace. I couldn't read the original handwriting, and I like the ambiguity - it lets me go with my own interpretation. "Exercising" makes me think of a horse, and I have a horse image that I think will add nicely to the collage. "Exorcising" reminds me that, even though I took ballet lessons as a kid, I'm still a klutz! So there you go - I now have a plan for adding to and finishing this page spread. Of course, they never come out like they're planned, and that's half the fun. We shall see!

6 comments:

Moonangelnay said...

lovely idea to do a virtual journal! never thought of that before but looks good! so does your collage below, i like the touch of yellow :)

2 Virgos Designs said...

what a neat idea!

Kathleen McGiveron said...

Awww Very cool works!

Kayjayoh said...

Wow, that free writing page is really something. I love the look with the gold ink.

Jan 4 Insight said...

Thanks to everyone who commented - you interest in my process means a lot to me! I've done more work on this page spread, and I'll be posting the finished picture in a week or so (God willing) :)

Lazy Apples said...

Wow! awesome idea!

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