Crumple & Colour journal page

While creating art journal pages lately I’ve noticed that they often look a bit rubbishy until the end or just before the end! It’s a good thing to keep in mind throughout the process, especially as the process sometimes stretches over a few days.

I started this page while I was at Crop A While and a friend looked over at me and said, “Heather is having fun playing with toilet paper!” For the record I was having fun with tissue paper not toilet paper! Working in the 6″x 6″ Dina Wakley journal I glued crumpled tissue paper over the whole spread with gel medium, scrunching it as I went to make folds and texture over the pages. (it didn’t look at all special at this point)

Later I used my Dr Ph Martin’s hydrus watercolours to drop blue, yellow and red ink over the pages. I worked one ink at a time tilting and diluting the ink so it would spread over and around the crumpled paper. (still underwhelming)

I let the watercolours dry and left the page for several days. The colours were bright and there were some nice blends and patterns but too bright for me so I painted over the spread with white gesso. My aim was not to totally cover the watercolours but to soften their impact and highlight the texture of the paper. I used my fingers to move the paint and a baby wipe to remove it where it was too thick. (looking better but still messy)

Settling on a focal point for an art journal page is sometimes hard; I don’t always begin with one in mind. You won’t be too surprised to see I chose flowers. I have a box of gel printed panels, some on rice paper and some on light card or computer paper. I found several prints on rice paper that matched the colours on the page and doodled flowers and leaves on them with a permanent black marker. I cut them out and started arranging them on the pages. (it was beginning to show promise)

After quite a few rearrangements I glued down the flowers and leaves making sure I didn’t cover up all the yummy colour and texture but also didn’t cover up the important white space. (it was finally looking ok) With the elements in place I continued to doodle more foliage on the pages including a border around the whole spread. I scribbled some thoughts around the flowers then splattered gold paint over the finished pages.

I am very happy with the final result but had no idea it would end up like this. At one point during the process I thought, “hmmm, I don’t think I’ll do this technique again…”

But I will.

Supplies


6 Comments on “Crumple & Colour journal page”

  1. Bonnie says:

    Bright and beautiful, Heather! Thanks for sharing your process.

  2. *Vicki* says:

    The watercolor look with the flowers turned out stunning!

  3. heidi says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. nancystiz says:

    What wonderful, eclectic pages! I love that you drew the flowers too. What a fantastic mix of colors. Thanks too for describing your process!

  5. Pat says:

    Fabulous finished look to this journal page Heather and the crumpled tissue paper with those wonderful colours and toned down with the white gesso makes a wonderful background for your beautiful rice paper pieces you have used for the brilliant doodled flowers and love that you followed it through with the lovely border around the page. x

  6. June says:

    I like your page and especially your directions including how you felt along the way. You have inspired me to give it a go! I hope mine will develop as yours did.


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