You’re never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.
~ Richard Bach, Illusions
I promised you a while back that I’d share some more about my small book of quotes. My quote book is a little 5″ x 7″ landscape Moleskine journal with watercolor paper.
I picked up the little book a long while back, and then decided that it’s really too small for a lot of my work. It sat around in my art cabinet waiting for me to love on it. Along the way, I started using the pages for extra paint (I hate wasting paint when I work on something and end up not using all of the paint I’ve mixed up). I would just open up the Moleskine and slap the paint down on one of the pages.
Eventually I add more paint to the pages. Sometimes I use bubble wrap for texture, sometimes I water down the paint for a translucent effect, I sort of follow along as if I’m making loose background art papers for collage.
I didn’t start out thinking that I’d use the book for quotes, that evolved after I had a few background awaiting a foreground. I do have a habit of collecting quotes (in case you haven’t noticed), I’ve got them on little scraps of paper in books, on my computer, in my art drawers. I have an app on my iPhone to record quotes that I run across and love. I underline fave quotes in books that I read. I love them!
Once I put the first quote in the book, the whole theme just took over. I don’t think I even knew it was becoming a theme until I had several quotes in the book. Now, though, when I flip through the pages, I feel a tremendous joy seeing so many of the quotes I love and find right there in the book with awesome artsy backgrounds.
It also is a great place to play with background techniques, as the whole thing is an afterthought of paint and color. Using leftover paint just keeps me from over-thinking the whole thing. I’m not choosing the colors or styles for the book, I just throw it in there. I try to figure out what the page is about after the fact. It’s pretty liberating.
This particular page is one of the super-cool pages. I had a little bit of periwinkle paint left from something else, and eventually I added some of the darker blue in Neocolor to add some depth. I used some left-over pearl paint to scrape around on top of the blues.
I cut out a piece of foam to make a stamp of the word “Dream” and forgot to flip it over and cut it out backwards, so I couldn’t use it as a stamp (which I think I told you about previously, the whole thing was kind of funny, after I got over feeling dumb). So I decided to just use the word as a mask, and used it here with walnut ink…and of course, going through my whole love-hate thing with the walnut ink.
It actually took three days to fully dry so that I could write the quote on top of that, lol. The end result, though, is awesome for a background! I love how it looks a bit like denim mixed with plaster, I hadn’t really counted on that.
Prompt: Do you have any themed journals or sketchbooks? Or do you prefer to work on loose substrates?