Wednesday, August 10, 2011

watching the rain pour down

In between packing up the Colour my World ATC swap to send home to the 30 or so participants involved, I worked in my art journal. At one point the sky grew very dark, then literally cracked open with thunder and rain poured down. Before that happened, I hadn't decided yet what I was going to do with the square boxes I had drawn with my watercolor pencils in my journal. As that huge downpour came down, I decided to simply write about what was going on right then and there. I like how this page came out and when I look at this later it will bring me right back to this day in a heartbeat.

I started with a template that is supposed to be used for making a window or perhaps faux postage stamps. I placed it on my journal page and used water soluble colored pencils to trace inside.

I added a misting of Adironack Color Wash in Butterscotch.

I used another template, this circle one from the Crafter's Workshop. Instead of sponging color around it, I used my watercolor pencils to trace the circles inside.

I used my water brush to activate the watercolor pencils.
The water also activated the Adirondack Color Wash misting I did!

I added more plain water like a wash, and below you can see my finished spread. I also added a photo printed on transparency film of my sister and me in 1966 as flower girls in my father's sister's wedding. It just seemed to fit. The beautiful gold painted wings at the top of the right page were a gift from my friend Donna, who is an amazing painter and has a beautiful spirit. I love the series of iconic women she is painting now, go give her a visit!

I have more photos of my steps doing this spread uploaded on my flickr photo account. If you start here and click on "previous" at the top, you can view the photos large and in order. It starts with one finished view and then the entire spread from start to finish!

Enjoy, be well, and think about starting an art journal if you have not already. I would suggest Julie Balzer's site if you'd like help to get started: Art Journal Tips from Julie. This project has been one of the best things I have done for myself as a person, and an artist, in a long time! ; ^ ) lenna


  1. Love the colors and the dots, plus how you achieved them. Think I need some butterscotch spray.

  2. Love you pages and all the colors. Never used pencils on the templates yet. Must try that in my art journals. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Square and circles together .. always a good thing and the colours are gorgeous. Thank you for your kind words, Lenna. :o) The photograph of your Papa and the Puppy is wonderful. Really enjoyed that. xxDonna

  4. We spend the day in exactly the same way, Lenna. Working in our studios while the rain pelted down outside. And that when the whole of the Atlantic Ocean separates us. How amazing is that! Love the way you've used templates in this spread. Makes me look at mine with new eyed. Thanks as ever for sharing.

  5. Fabulous journalling and i love the way you show us how. Brilliant
    hugs June x
    ps if you want a collage image freebie, i created one just for my followers to grab on my fun friday at Dezinaworld blog. Just pop by and help yourself :)

  6. I love how you show us one of your pages coming together. I esp love the circle stencil you used.
    Lovely page Lenna x



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