Saturday, 30 July 2011

A BIT RANDOM REALLY ...

If this page looks a bit different that's because it IS. I was having a go at a new way of doing things and the result is a bit random but I might well do it again ....
Looking at someone else's journal (duh, I forget whose) I realised that they began with all the writing and drawing FIRST, and then laid down colours around this. It made perfect sense except that that's not how I've ever done it. So I thought I would have a go and the above is the beginning of the process.
Then as you can see above I put some basic colours on the page using my Caran d'ache watersoluble crayons. It did feel very odd to be working around my drawings and at first I tried to do that colouring within the lines thing, before realising that I really didn't HAVE to, and in fact it looked better with some white space.
And of course I couldn't be doing with the empty bits in the middle so inevitably added some more stuff, although you can see that what I've written is more about what I was doing than a deep reflection on the meaning of life! Both are legit as far as I'm concerned!
And it was pretty much inevitable that I finished up filling every available inch of space, in my usual fashion. I rather like how wild and colourful it turned out, so this experiment did encourage me to work beyond my usual tidy boundaries! It was odd to work in what is, for me, the reverse way of doing things - I usually lay down a background colour first - but I did enjoy it. I can see that working this way gives me a lot of control over the relationship between what I write or draw and the colours around that, so I'll probably use both techniques in future.

7 comments:

Sue said...

Always good to try a new way of working......I'm feeling a bit bogged down at the min.....so might try something new too!
Great page came out of the experiment!

Sandra Hall said...

The page is very eye-catching Rosie :D It looks lovely - especially your writing - its so neat! Its a great colourful background - I'm trying to imagine doing things the other way round and I can't! It seems odd not to lay the colour down first! Might give your way a go and see how I get on.

Beacee said...

What fun!

Becca said...

Hello, I'm Becca, and I think your journal page and this post is so inspiring! I have started to journal, but always feel I never really know how to start. I like the idea of trying to do the doodling first. Love your work.

Linda said...

A beautiful page Rosie...full of warmth!

alexa said...

Your blog post title sounds a little apologetic? but I can see nothing that needs an apology here! Lovely to be given an insight into your usual process and another way of coming at it too, as well: leaves me smiling at its bright, happy-go-lucky feel!

Kelly Marszycki said...

delightful colors -- makes the eye and heart sing!