I came across a new journal challenge blog the other day and as I want to do more journalling I thought I'd give this one a go. Check out Dawn's Journal Journeys blog to find out more. Dawn has begun the challenges this month and will post a new one the first of each following month. For July the challenge is to create a page using the colours PINK and ORANGE, not a combination one would normally associate together.
I've already started one journalling book using prompts posted in one of my online groups, but decided to start a new journal for this challenge. Well, I have a blank book of handmade papers which I picked up in Paperchase in Manchester last year and was waiting for the right moment to use it ...... the paper is made from recycled cotton rag and suitable for ink, watercolour, paint, etc, has torn edges and a lovely feel to it ..... the book itself is 6" x 6", a comfortable size to work with.
This is the page I created ............
I used a mixture of Distress Inks (Spun Sugar, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade) to create the background. I drew some cloud shapes on paper scraps, cut them out and used them to mask off parts of the sky, before stamping the Sun image in Spiced Marmalade. I then bleached out the background colour from the clouds and tinted them with Weathered Wood ink. I swooshed the same colour along the bottom edge, sketched in some dark pen lines and sponged some areas with Fuschia Pink Stazon ink. I drew the silhouette of the girl onto black paper, cut her out and collaged her onto the page along with some rock images. I added three bird shapes to the top right-hand corner for balance. I found the quote in a book of meditations that I have and it absolutely expressed the feeling I had from creating this page.
Really enjoyed having a go at this challenge - thanks, Dawn - and look forward to seeing what the next one is in August!
I've been asked if I can show some of the journal pages I've created (not many to date, due to lack of time recently) and have finally gotten around to finishing some and photographing them, so I'll be posting pics of them in the next few days.
Don't forget my bookmark swap (details in the sidebar) which is running until the end of July. I've already received two sets of bookmarks and I can tell you, they look great, so if anyone fancies joining in with this one, there's still plenty of time to do so.