A Year in the Life of an Art Journal. The prompt was to be inspired by the phrase, "Nature is a wondrous thing," and to use gesso on your stencil to give extra texture to your work. The sentiment was easy - I love nature. I love gardening. I love being outside. Plus, today was one of those crystalline days when the light reflects off the leave and flowers in a magical way. Before the challenge popped up in my email, I had already paused on the way home from dropping off my daughter at school to feel my sense of self dissolve into the natural world around me.
Weeks ago, I had torn a headline out of the New York Times: "Experience the Wonders." This seemed to sum up how I felt about the day. Plus, this beautiful picture and quote appeared on my facebook page. I DO believe in magic (I do, I do said the Cowardly Lion), and I see it all around me. It fit right in with the nature prompt. So, to start, I layered pieces of old book pages on one side of my journal. I covered it with a thin coat of gesso, and then a thin coat of yellow acrylic paint. I dripped spray wash down the top, and scribbled blue watercolor crayon around the sides. I used gesso to stencil a chicken wire motif around the top and bottom (although you can hardly see it now). I glued down the NYT title, and changed it up a little with Sakura glaze pens. I painted the leaf in the middle, and saying around it, with acrylic paint. Some white uniball pen to bring it all out, and it emerged. As always, I love the prompts to get my juices flowing.
Thanks for reading!