Art Journaling – Rule No. 1 – Expect the Unexpected! πŸŽ¨

Thank you for your comments on my last art journaling post – they are much appreciated – and keep them coming.

I have delved into the mysterious art journal world again, lovely people, and feel that I am making progress! Β After spending a fair bit of time on YouTube, I am still no further forward to learning all the ‘rules’ so to speak but I was inspired by a weekly video calledΒ Crash The StashΒ posted byΒ Shawn PetiteΒ and wanted to create my own piece, inspired by hers. Β So here goes, this is my thinking behind this one – (Stay with me!)

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I had already prepared a background in my journal which was on a pink/orange theme so I collaged lots of paper over the top, using gesso to stick it all down. Β I used a mixture of scrapbook papers, some dotted papers which were originally paper bags and some text from an old book.

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I stencilled over the top, once dry, using black acrylic paint and a mixture of stencils.

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I cut out a shape I found on the internet of a lotus flower and stuck it in the Β middle as my inspiration came from Shawn’s piece which used a butterfly instead – but I liked the idea of a lotus leaf as it was peaceful – which was the kind of theme I was trying to achieve.

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I really wanted that bit to ‘pop’ so I coloured over it using my Spectrum Noir glitter brush pens in dark blue – although that seems to look purple in the photograph but this could be a mixture of the pen and the printer ink! Β I guess that’s one of the rules of mixed media art – strange things happen!

I also added some Faber Castell Gelatos and really liked the irridescence that seemed to appear on the paper.

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I lettered in a couple of words and thought I was finished but I didn’t really like the whole ‘lotus’ thing as it just sat there in on the page! (albeit looking pretty).

So, a cup of tea later, I went back to take another look. Β And it suddenly struck me that the lotus leaf really looked like the tail of a peacock – as did the colours I had used with my Gelatos. Β So, hey presto, a bit of inspiration hit and I changed my lotus leaf into a Peacock!

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The rest just seemed to flow from there – I wanted to include a quote which reflected the peacock, i.e. nature but also to show that if you slow down and take your time and think about these things before rushing in (not my usual approach!) then lovely things may happen!

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And lovely things did. Β Here is my peacock in all his glory – and I’m mighty proud of him! Β And here is rule number one lovely people – Β #1 – Expect the Unexpected – inspiration can strike at any time!

Happy journaling, whatever kind you prefer. Β Until the next time..

Sending Hugs

Jane πŸ’›

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