At my previous residence, I would sit out on the porch, coffee in hand, and watch the sunrise, trees silhouetting, birds wheeling, drinking up the ever-changing color palette in the sky. As I was working on this journal page, those memories flooded back to me. What started out as play with oil pastels and blowing on paint drips through a straw evolved into a reminder of winter’s sunrise.
The background was started with a variety of vintage found papers and book text. I added some writing. I pulled out my old oil pastels and smooshed away with my fingers (almost completely covering the writing). I then layered on my itty-bitty chicken wire stamp throughout the page.
I added some watered-down acrylic paint drops, grabbed a straw, and blew them across the page into patterns. I have to play with this method some more – the trunks ended up a lot thicker than intended, but that’s okay. I outlined the paint splatters with a pitt pen, adding some detailing in the trunks to fill in all that extra unintended paint space. It was still a little unbalanced, so I added the bird silhouettes at the top with a white sakura gelly pen. And the dots? I just felt like it. 🙂