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First of all, I want to give a BIG thank you to everyone who has commented for the giveaway. You all are amazing, I loved reading each and every one! I just wish I had the time to reply to them all, but that would take forever and then I wouldn’t be able to share more with you. lol Your support has been incredible, I appreciate it!
I really wish I could give you all a copy of the book, but obviously that would be impossible. BUT, you girls are in luck… I mentioned a slight damage to my book, and received a replacement… since I don’t mind my book being slightly banged up, I decided to give my replacement to a second lucky winner! So, without further adieu, I’d like to announce the TWO lucky winners for the book “Journal It!” by Jenny Doh….
Susan Daniel and Denise Herman!
Congratulations girls! I’ll be in touch soon to make sure it gets to you asap. :)
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So, on to more fun stuff… before heading back into the Art Journaling 101 course, I decided to share with you another art journal page evolution. This was another page that I had worked on during the storm. I disputed with myself as to whether or not to share it publicly since it was a very personal experience for me to create it. But I had the images, I love the way it turned out, and its a perfect example on how art journaling can help you work through emotions.
Having all three girls at home, stuck in the house for a full week, was starting to take its toll on me. My five year old in particular was starting to irritate me more and more with her bursts of tears and tantrums that is oh so typical at her age. I grabbed my journal and vented. It sat for a day, then I decided to start painting over it. Below, you see me adding a wash of white over the words.
I then glued down two pieces of a paper doily with my soft gel medium.
Next I added some green paint mixed with a little white.
…and then some pink.
Feeling my aggravation for my daughter starting to fade, I decided to paint some white clouds along the top.
Before starting my page, I had dug through my bin of ephemera. These two images jumped out at me, they were a perfect representation of the two sides to my daughter. Here, I was finally ready to glue them down with soft gel medium, although I had no idea how I was going to make them feel a part of the page!
I used black paint to messily outline the angel photo. Then, with watered down white paint, I went over the angel’s wings and extended them beyond the image.
I was stuck for a while at this point. I wasn’t sure how to pull everything together. Finally, the flower in the crying girl’s hair inspired me to paint some larger ones. I used Golden fluid acrylic in the color Indian Yellow Hue. It has a great transparency to it, so the background shows through beautifully. I put the paint on more heavily toward the outer edges to give it a slight shaded effect. I added a bit of watered down red in the center, then outlined everything in black.
I kept looking at that cute crying girl, so I wanted to create some “tears” on the page. (Not to mention I have a thing for drippy messy paint!) So I piled on some black paint below the angel photo and sprayed it with a bit of water to make it drip. I then decided it needed more drips in the corner to balance it out. I also splattered some paint here and there… although I panicked at one point wishing I hadn’t done so much splattering! I tried to wipe it off a bit.
Art journaling always soothes me, and brings me back to my center. I felt great at this point, but a little regretful for having gotten so upset and annoyed with my daughter. She’s only five after all, and is trying to learn how to work through her own emotions. I felt a big softness for her… I wanted to say something on the page to help me remember this experience. So with green paint (and outlined later in pen), I wrote “Sometimes its hard to remember there’s a sweet angel under all those tears.”
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my process!
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