January Theme: The Blank Page and How to Face It
Week 2: Art Challenge: Gesso Journal Prompt: “The beginning is always today.” – Mary Shelley
When the challenge for week 2 got posted, it was almost 12mn at my corner of the world. I have a love-hate relationship with insomnia and that night, insomnia won. To make my time useful, I started my week 2 page. I already did the planner part of my journal a few days earlier and thought of using the same colors and design to make a cohesive two-page spread.
With this project, I decided not to start with using gesso to give tooth to my page, I just put on paint on the white page and spread each one with a brayer. When that was done, I used cans to trace the circle for my flowers and petals were added freehand. I added gesso using a kitchen sponge over the circular part of my flowers and waited for it to dry.
While waiting, I used different stencils to add layers to my journal with a few doodling here and there.
For my flowers petals, I used Conte a Paris pastel pencils in sepia and sanguine, and smudge them off with my finger. Used the same color of yellow (naples yellow) to put in petal design over gesso using a rubber like pen I got from Manila last year. I found them in the art supplies section of a bookstore, I just got them even though I do not have an idea where they are supposed to be used. For more color and layer on top of the petal, I added turquoise using the end of one of my paint brushes, once dry, I doodled circles around them with uniball signo pen gold.
For my smaller petal, I used dark orange acrylic paint for the petal design, added circles using gesso with the end of a paint brush and gold uniball signo pen to doodle.
For the inner part of my flowers, instead of using the journaling prompt quote provided, I used a different quote I found in the net which speaks of my own journey, in my haste I was not able to take down who wrote it. Apologies for that. Used signo broad pen in black.
Time spent for making this page was time well spent. I guess, I got even with insomnia that night.
To new beginnings!