Thursday, November 8, 2012

Art is my Therapy...

My Book of Days entry for last Friday was a godsend.  I had a hard day and needed to get the bad feelings out of my system.  (nothing devastating - just work stuff) So I journaled them all out, and then collaged over the top!

I wrote my journaling in inktense colored pencils, and then used a wet brush to smear them.  That's the blue you see in the background.  Then I collaged a piece of fabric, some tissue paper and ledger paper over the top of that.  The girl is a  photocopy of a doodle I did in one of my notebooks.  I thought she deserved a proper place in my journal.  :0)

Here's how it looked after the first couple of steps.  I already was feeling better...
The flowers in the bottom right corner are a magazine image.  The rest were done with india ink and a fine brush.

I painted in some of the flowers with acrylic paint, and then added some neocolor crayon to the background, and green colored pencil to her eyes...

finished her off with some white dots and a title done with white acrylic ink.  It felt great to end up with something happy!



The facing page was the cover of an old magazine.  I didn't want to do too much to it, because it had a picture of an old Delorean car - remember those?  It felt a bit too nostalgic to cover up; so I just added an appropriate quote, and did a little doodling and that was it.


How about you?  Do you create to help you work through a hard day?

Thanks for visiting and have an awesome day my friends!

6 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhh this is GORGEOUS Michelle!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee that drawing, the flowers, the colors... WOW!!!! And sadly... I sleep when I have a bad day!! LOL!! I think I can just sleep it away!! HA!!!

laurie said...

oh, yeah, i definitely turn to art after a hard day. i like the idea of journaling and then painting over it - that would "free me up" to be totally honest in my writing.

Marcia said...

very pretty! Art is my therapy too!

dawn said...

8 This is so pretty and sweet, I LOVE THE GIRL AND FLOWERS!! So glad you have art to help you thru those bad days. Just seeing this being made was soooo cool, you are so talented.

Sometimes art can help me but mostly it's reading ANYTHING and just taking a break.

I can't wait to see more of your pages, they are soooo awesome!

Jessica Sporn said...

definitely! So glad you were able to "art" yourself out of a funk, and create pages that are so bright and cheerful. xo

Marjie Kemper said...

Fabulous! I love the pages where I can write all that out and then cover it up. Yours is gorgeous. Love those flowers and her fab green eyes.