more pages from my 9x12 journal:
|Prayers to Heaven- full page|
|Closeup of the watercolor texture|
This is a (horizontal) quote page: stenciled watercolor background, teal StazOn stamping (the numbers and the circle design), a bit of paper and tape collage, and a quote by Anais Nin: "We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present and future mingle and pull ius backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, and constellations." I wish my writing was neater (straighter, and more 'interesting' looking)-- it's been a long time since penmanship lessons in school!
This page is pretty simple, with a watercolor background and a few papers I wanted to save: a get-well card my mom sent me while I was recuperating from my second surgery, and a couple magazine / newspaper clippings she sent along with the card. (thanks, Mom; I love getting fun mail!)
Another quote page: a watercolored background over gesso that was scraped through a stencil (the squares and rectangles), Sharpie and white pen border. The image is from a magazine, and the quote was written on with a blue Sakura glaze pen. The quote is by John Muir: "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul." I really like this magazine image, and was glad to finally find a page to use it on: it reminds me of summer vacations on the Loon Lake in Minnesota, which are some of my most cherished memories. Memories of the lake, the dock, and loons on the water are the 'happy place' mental images that I use to relax and unwind during times of stress (I don't think about the mosquitoes that I'm sure were there, lol!).
I have been having a good time working in these two journals lately; watercolor paint is such a quick, easy way to get color onto the page! Especially with the low humidity here; it takes practically no time at all for the paint to dry!! (there's got to be something good about summer in Arizona, righ?!?)