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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!


Babamoon 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.

Jan4insight 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) :)

Jamie said...

Wow! awesome idea!


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