Preparing the page
Before I left for vacation I spent a lot of time preparing the page. In fact, when I add up all the hours that went into this journal spread…it is a little embarrassing. However, I am not sure if this is any more of less productive than working on any of my other hobbies such as knitting which takes me hours to make a simple vest which I could easily buy in a store. Remember, we art journal for ourselves…that is the whole point.
|For this spread, I prepared my sketchbook with a variety of techniques and media. I started with the idea of using a print from a watercolor painting of Cape Cod since that is our annual vacation destination. I sell watercolor prints in my etsy shop and sometimes I screw up and have to redo the print before I ship it out. This print was printed on the wrong size paper so I saved it and ripped it up for my art journal. You can see the full watercolor HERE.
I also used scrapbook papers in coordinating colors, gelli prints I made at an art retreat (read about that here) as well as stamps I made myself (at same retreat.) In addition, I like to harmonize the different elements with transparent acrylic paint, like fluid acrylics.
|Here is look at my art journal while I was in the car. It is was a 6 hour car trip and we were packed into our SUV like the Okies from Grapes of Wrath.|
|Here is a look at my finished page. Since it is a little difficult to read I will tell you what it says (because I know I am always nosy about what other artists put in their art journals!)
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