Thursday, April 09, 2009
Above is a journal page from my sketchbook. Titled "Winter Lingers," the theme for this year's spring break, heralded by 7" of newly fallen snow on Monday.
First I painted the spread in a graduated wash of blue, meant to represent the 24 hour heavy snowfall we had. Then I used my own lino-cut for the lower grasses - a series of flower and leaf designs carved into a Staedtler eraser. The snowflakes came from a purchased stamp, and the sequin embellishments were from my daughter's stash.
I had a great time painting alongside my daughter, and talking about images of spring. I'm discovering journalling allows me the opportunity to work side-by-side with a variety of people in a relaxed environment.
I'll be leading several classes on Creative Journalling this summer. You can see the schedule on my website.
I am also enjoying creating my own little linoleum stamps, despite the serious chunk of thumb sacrificed during the carving of my first design. Pushing to expand my creative comfort zone is always a great way to keep the blood flowing - quite literally!!
Thanks for looking at my art,