Welcome back to another week of the Season of Introspection – the examination and observation of one’s own mental and emotional processes.
For my first page, following Torrie’s prompt to create a self-improvement mind-map, I started by searching for an image/portrait. I found this illustration by a favourite local artist of mine – Birdy and Me (Kelly Smith). I’ve loved her art for so long but this is the first time I have borrowed an image to use in an art journal page. I saved the image from Pinterest and printed it onto deli paper (I had to attach it to a piece of printer paper to get it through) and used gel medium to glue it down. I had already made a water colour background using my all-time favourite colours – pink, purple and teal. Once the gel medium was dry I water coloured some highlights onto the illustration. And then I wrote my mind-map on top. The green pen was a little too light unfortunately so you can’t read it very well in the photo. Sorry about that.
Last weekend I took an online class – Creatures by ByBun. I can’t recommend this class highly enough – it was AH-MAZING. Not only are the creatures fun to make, but the process she uses to create the background is really good. I can see myself using it as a bit of a formula for collaged, abstract backgrounds from now on. And as luck would have it, the page I made really suited the prompt for this week about creating an ‘otherworldly’ background and speaking to myself from a higher power. My journaling is a bit personal so I made it deliberately hard to read.
And this last spread I made using the lovely Katie’s tutorial (only accessible if you are a current Get Messy member) on painting a girls face. What an amazing tutorial – thank you Katie. I’ve tried painting faces before, but could never get the proportions right. I love your instructions and I do believe I successfully painted a face! A few of my friends have asked if its a self portrait – it isn’t, but I guess there are similarities. I added the background and used a galaxy image from a magazine, my favourite triangle doodling, florals and water colour to represent thoughts and feelings and my favourite things. I found the quote on Pinterest and it just seemed to work.
And that’s it for this week. I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my spreads. I’d love to hear what your thoughts are, and even answer any questions you have about how I made them. Ask a question in the comments and I will get back to you.
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