Thanksgiving has come and gone, I took a couple of days to recover, and now I've decided I have to face the craft room once again and get back in the saddle. So I've started things off by opening my art journal and trying my hand at it. Goodness, it's been weeks and weeks since my last entry and I confess that it felt like I had to start all over again. I'd forgotten everything! In fact, it almost feels like I've forgotten how to work with paper at all.
I'm still keeping with my theme of change and starting over, hence the sun (new day), butterflies (evolution) and the sentiment. The background is various shades of liquid acrylic paints brushed hither and yon, then various stamps in dark turquoise and black archival inks. The sun was made with just two colors of paste acrylics, a bright yellow and a bright red. Look at what those two do to each other! I used the edge of a flat brush to put the movement inside and also for the rays, set off with a bit of charcoal pencil shading.
The butterflies were stenciled with a couple of shades of Neocolors then stenciled on top with a dark blue shimmer paint. The bodies were finished with a dark grey Copic marker.
My mother gave me the idea to use a sewing pattern for the paper underneath the "Change" sentiment. You seamstresses out there will recognize the diamond symbol as a construction symbol. This type of paper is wonderful as it practically disappears into the background when applied with a gel medium, leaving only the printing and the stamp. I will be using much more of it. As an aside, the pattern itself was from that for baby overalls that I made for my son back when he was 3 years old. (He's now 29.) Awww...
The sentiment was printed on the computer, fixed with a spray fixative, then applied with gel medium and brushed with yellow shimmer paint, outlined in red Neocolor blended with a wet brush, then edged again with a black charcoal pencil and smudged. I love a new day dawning, don't you?
Thank you so much for joining me, and please forgive the absence. These things happen, and I look forward to sharing fun projects with you more and more in the coming days.
Hugs to you all. And as always...