So, we survived the storm and only had to fare without power for two days. It was actually kind of nice not being able to turn the computer on… I painted, journaled, caught up on my reading, and spent time with the family. I even had just enough light to take some photos to show you another art journal page evolution.
This one was being stubborn on me, I couldn’t figure out which direction to take it, until my daughter stepped in…
It started out as the key card painted background I did for one of the background technique examples. I put a wash of white over it, but still wasn’t happy.
So I scraped the page with black paint.
Then added in some red and yellow.
But I wasn’t liking that either, so I layered on more black and added in some cream along the top.
I decided I missed the yellow, so I scraped some more on top and also stenciled in some circles.
I wasn’t liking all the cream anymore, so I layered more black over it.
Time for some bright color! I painted bright blue stones on the left and scraped some more blue on the right.
I still had no clue where this page was going. But my daughter kept throwing a chunk of dried orange paint around, and when it landed on my journal page, I decided the orange looked kinda nice. So, I splattered some bright orange on the page.
I wanted the orange to stand out more, so I scraped more black over the other elements on the page. I then doodled a flower with white paint over the big orange splatter, and decided the quote “What is meant to be, will always find a way” would fit the page perfectly. I painted the lettering in white, but decided it was too bright and “in your face”. So, I put a wash of blue over the white lettering. I then used a black pen to outline the letters, and there it was… finally a finished page!
Sorry I missed a few steps with the photographs near the end! When things start going your way, and you get excited, you are so focused on the art you can’t think of anything else. But I hope by seeing my process, you understand how you can just keep moving and layering over areas you don’t like in order to transform it into something you’re happy with. I wouldn’t say this is one of my favorite pages, but I’m happy with the way it turned out.
PS Want to see more of my art journal pages? Be sure to LIKE my facebook page, I often give sneak peeks of what I’m working on. :)
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Sue Moore says
Great Ideas Kristal. It gets you started and then as you get carried away it takes on a life of it’s own. It becomes what is inside you. Thanks for sharing.I am looking forward to getting started…who knows what will come out??? :-)
This is wonderful! I like how you explain the process and why you changed it. It looks great! isnt it fun to work along side of your children? We frequently work together. both my son and daughter are much more artistic than me. It’s fun!
Hi kristal, So glad you and your Family are ok and got through that massive storm! From the reports we are getting here in the UK, my goodness it must of been scary! I hope there’s not too much damage for you to have to sort out.
I think your page is brillient! Considering the situation you were in at the time ,I think by looking at the colours and your process of the page ,all the layering,not liking parts, liking others, it really reflects how you must of been feeling deep down, being a bit dark and worried but, trying to keep bright and cheerful for your kids but not having a lot of control over what was happening!
what is meant to be .. and having Faith it was all going to be ok! as sue moore said, “it’s whats inside you”
your art is inspiring! thanks for showing this page and your process, Kristal,
thinking of you and the ‘East Coasters’, paula
Kristal Norton says
Thank you so much for the beautiful insight to my page! I didn’t think about it like that consciously. Now it has deeper meaning for me, thank you!
Mitzi Zohar says
I’m so glad you found a way to include your daughter;s contribution to your artwork She and your page are bothe beautiful!
I just found your blog through Pinterest! What amazing art journaling! Thanks so much for sharing your step by step photos!! I’m just a beginner, but I’m learning there are no mistakes and I love the creative freedom!
Kristal Norton says
Thank you everyone! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing the process. :)
Susie King says
it’s funny how our pages “speak” to us. I liked the cream color on the top of your page. i liked the blue stones. but to you it wasn’t saying what you wanted or felt. lately i have suffered major artist’s block. fortunately my kids are grown and we are empty nesters, no one but my hubby was here to hear the conversation i was having with my page. it wasn’t very nice, lol. so frustrated! i have a few ugly pages in my journal and they drive me nuts. i have to learn to let go of the aggravation and frustration they give me and just move on. afterall, i figure any studio time i get is still more fun than housework, right? lol. thank you for your words of encouragement. they sure help when i am hitting that block wall.
Kristal Norton says
Well, was there anything you learned about your self, or about what you like and don’t like within those journal pages? Think of them as a step of growth for you. We will never have a book full of perfect pages, there will always be those ugly ones. Remember, your journal is for play and growth, not for perfection! :)