I recently joined the “A Year in the Life of an Art Journal” group, which provides twice monthly a journaling prompt, suggested supplies, and a technique to use. They allow quite a bit of flexibility in interpretation and in what parts of the challenge to follow. Not surprisingly, I’m already behind.
This is the February 15th challenge:
THE PROMPT: My Favorite Things
ie: a few of the things you LOVE about someone you love. Can be alive or dead.
THE STUFF: Lists and ephemera
ie: have a few tokens from that someone? Maybe the cover of the CD with “your song” or a napkin from the restaurant you both love to eat at…
THE TECHNIQUE: Pockets
ie: Use pockets to store those “things” on your page.
Here’s my journal spread in response.
I started out with a gessoed background, and added a wash mixture of titan buff (craft acrylic) and walnut ink. I put down some collage elements (vintage and scrap papers, personal images). I painted the title and added a list of favorite things. Because there are a plethora things I love in the world, I added some more items on strips of vintage paper and stuffed them into a handmade envelope (made out of wax paper and stitched). A couple more layers of paint washes were added, and then some hand-carved stamping throughout the page with archival ink. Final touches included splattering more walnut ink and red paint, and running some archival ink along the edges of the spread.
Below is a close-up of the envelope. (I’m also adding a picture of my other cat, who was beautiful in the sun-soaked window yesterday afternoon).
What are some of your favorite things?