I am making several new journals for my new year. I will have journals just for writing and art journals for writing and arting. I will also have separate journals for various classes, different events and then of course my traveling art journals.
One way I have of starting fresh or marking something as a new beginning, is by starting with all fresh and new journals. The one I showed in last Wednesday’s post is one of my favorites.
I primed the plain brown cover with gesso mostly so the colors I add later will show better, and partly to strengthen the cover page.
I used a flower, a leaf, a twig and a small tree trunk stamp. Putting them together made a floral tree with branches and leaves of different sizes. Kind of like some of the commercial scrapbook papers you see with the collage already in the base.
The images dried clear and a little raised from the surface, not enough to be bulky or to be knocked off. Once dry I rubbed over them with stamp pads. The ups and downs of the relief made shadows and light and dark contrasts just in the rubbing.
I will add lines and doodles to the images over the life of the journal. I know myself well enough to know that I will do this. If you don’t have this type of habit, you can draw in lines and doodles and add script as you like.
The solstice is coming this weekend – do you celebrate?