Friday, 28 September 2012

The Endless Immensity of the Sea

I'm relatively new to art journalling and came to it through Zentangle and an urgent need for a creative outlet after closing down my cake decorating business.

I've worked on this A5 journal page in my moleskin watercolour book for over a week (using the 10 minutes a day recommendation on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's fantastic blog) and it didn't know where it was going to end until I drew the lighthouse this evening.

Here's my process:

Day 1 - Watercolour wash in aqua blues & green.
Day 2 - Stamp some leaf shapes using distressed ink.
Day 3 - Realise the leaves looked like seaweed so watercolour some big bits of seaweed down the page in greens & yellows.
Day 4 - Paste some strips of green florist's paper down the page.
Day 5 - Find the quote about the sea (by Antoine De Saint-Exupery who wrote The Little Prince), write it on the page and spray with Glimmer Ink in lime green & aqua.
Day 6 - Go over the whole page with gesso applied with a credit card.
Day 7 - Add strips of blue tissue horizontally and splodge acrylic paint across the tops.
Day 8 - Lighthouse! It sums up the sea's vastness for me.

I like the tiny blush of red/yellow on the left hand side of the page which is an accidental leak from a previous page and looks like the sun peeking through.

I don't like the fact I've lost my lovely seaweed paintings. Guess I'll have to do them again.