Saturday, 12 July 2014

COLOURS

 
Here's another background done with Neocolour II water soluble crayons by Caran d'Ache - I am amazed how much more vivid they are when put on over a gesso base - how come I never knew that before?  I loved how these colours came out so much that I forgot to take a basic picture until after I'd added the foliage, doodling and Modigliani lady!  I used Posca paint pens to colour the leaves because they give an opaque colour over the background - I was just doodling and drawing here because I didn't immediately know what the page would be about.
But when I looked at it again, the point of the piece was obvious - I just LOVE these colours and they make me smile.  Simple as that.  So that's what I wrote, and then I doodled some more in the spaces.  Job done.
We can easily make art journalling into something which seems complicated and difficult, but it needn't be. Just throw down some layers in intense colours that make you smile, add some collage elements you like, do a bit of doodling, then write whatever comes to mind!  Don't let the idea that you have to write something profound and deep stop you from just having a go.  If you don't have words of your own you can always use a wisdom saying or quotation that strikes a chord.  Personally I rarely do that because this is my journal, my diary if you will, so I like the writing to be authentically my own thoughts and words, but you can do whatever works for you.

Now I must go and iron some stuff as I'm going away for a few days ... a change is as good as a rest, and I WILL be taking my basic journalling kit with me!

7 comments:

Dawn Maurice said...

Wow--the gesso really does intensify the color! Gorgeous! Curious, what pens do you use to write your journaling bits with? Does the gessoed surface eat your pen nibs? I've ruined so many pens that way...afraid to use the gesso now :(

jinxxxygirl said...

Just a quick hi! Found you thru Patina Moon. Loving all the colors! Hugs! deb

Debs M said...

Just fabulous!!

Kath said...

Your colours made me smile too. Being positive is so important.

Shyni Moon said...

This one came into my view at the most perfect time! I feel exactly the same way about colors; sometimes, I really to want to stay grumpy but it just doesn't happen (I work in a rather vibrantly painted environment. Thanks for sharing I love your work!!<3

alexa said...

I can't believe I am three posts behind, Rosie, in my blog-reading ... But what a treat to come here, in the midst of the mayhem and discomfort which is around me, and be lifted and cheered by your beautiful work :). The colours are just glorious. And I appreciate your injunction just to get on with being creative!

Faith said...

Love this! I took out my gesso and Neocolors to try this but ended up somewhere entirety else. Must get back to it. Just beautiful.