This is how I do a lot of my backgrounds - just scribble away in circles, and the results can be really interesting.
Sunday, 29 March 2015
Saturday, 21 March 2015
I was DEFINITELY talking to myself here! It's often said that this is the first sign of madness, but does it count if you're writing it down rather than muttering in the corner??
It started really simply - 3 or so colours of paint just slapped down any old how. Backgrounds don't have to be clever or complicated! After all you're going to write and collage on top.
You can tell exactly what I was thinking from the very first things I wrote down. ... I have this thing going on in my head that I'm not a worthwhile person unless I produce something every day - its kind of justification for my existence, because otherwise I often feel like a taker rather than a giver.
Sunday, 15 March 2015
This page is an exploration of pain really - someone who used to be a very close friend and very special to me doesn't really seem to have time for me any more. I know its hard that she has to come to me because I can't drive now, and getting on the bus is too much for me, but I thought there were still lots of way for us to connect. It seems I may have been wrong, at least for her, and this was me working out my feelings of sadness and some anger about a friendship that seems to be ending because I can't do things any more.
The vivid colours I chose may have had more to do with anger and disappointment,than anything else, but are also to do with strongly asserting that I am still ME, and I thought I was valued for that and not for the things I could DO? I took this picture to show how Neocolour II crayons look before and after you put water on them - just a slightly wet paintbrush. It looks like wax crayon scribbles and then dissolves into intense colours - alchemy!
Friday, 6 March 2015
This began as a painted yellow background, onto which I added collage elements - for no special reason except that they rather took my fancy. I believe the posh description for this is "tuning into the vibe"? Anyway, no very deep thought went into it, just instinct. Some of the collage elements are colour copies of old journal pages, but others are images and shapes culled from magazines.
Although this, like many of my journal pages, was entirely unplanned, it always amazes me how things come together and how I later see connections that seem to be entirely "right". Maybe thats my subconscious at work .. but you can have your own theory about it!
Hope the Spring has sprung in your particular corner of the world - I'm enjoying early daffodils and crocuses, and we are quite northerly so it comes late to us here. I would like to cast off a few layers of clothing and dive right into the Spring.