I have been loving Earth Week! I honestly did not know what to expect when I signed up for this class. This is the first class I have taken like this, an online video type of art journaling class. I'm loving it and I'm super very mucho inspired. I've done a lot of art over the past few days.
I watched the video where Effy diagonally painted her page with Red, yellow, blue, and green and then put her hand prints on the page and journaled about the different elements. I really liked the idea of having a spread, first thing in the book, that included all the elements, as kind of a "Table of Contents" page sort of. So I did my own, but I did it my own way. I am kind of stumped with it now, it looks and feels so incomplete. But I can't do anything with it yet. I think I need to let all the info and feelings really sink in and then let the inspiration lead me.
I just gesso-ed the inside of the front cover, and painted waves, hills, a sky, and sun. Then I added letter stickers identifying the elements. A pretty simple little page.
I really enjoyed the entire process through which my next page came about:
I absolutely loved creating the texture background. I gessoed the page, and painted it with earthy greens browns and gold. Then I took green tissue paper and a really gritty clear gesso, and used my fingers and applied it with my hands, feeling the wonderful earthy wrinkly gritty beautiful texture. It was an amazing sensory experience. I left it to dry, but before it was completely dry I peeled up some of the tissue paper and I loved how that made it look.
I used the image of Effy's back to create an Earth Goddess image: I just outlined Effy, and painted my own lady.When I put her down on the page, deciding what I wanted to do with her, I felt that the background colors and the colors of the lady were too close and it became difficult to really see the lady clearly, and I wanted to make sure she was a focal point, so I added more tissue paper, and then positioned the Goddess lady. I liked the way that looked, but was unsure where to go from there and it still felt unfinished. So I gave it some more time to sink in. I started working on some other spreads, and then came back to it afterward. I'm glad I did that, because the ultimate end result, I LOVE! I am so happy when I love the way my art looks.
This was the main project for the week. I could have stopped there, but I really really couldn't. This element is just speaking to me so much, I am so inspired and really feeling it HARD, so I made some more pages. One of the other things I was feeling from "I am" is "I am a wildflower" and thus, this page was born:
Fablehaven. And the characters in the books are fairies and all sorts of magical creatures. These hand prints kind of made me feel like a wood nymph. With that feeling, I decided that some flowers growing out of my hands would be good, so I went with it. I think this page has super awesome symbolism and feelings. I love how everything from this class just makes me feel so good, it resonates with me.
I also have another spread, inside me somewhere, trying to get out. It's very much in an inspired conceptual state, and I don't exactly know what it will be yet, but I think it's at least going to be about Gaia.
I find it fascinating that so many art journalers are of the Pagan/Wiccan persuasion. I was raised agnostic, and have dabbled in all kinds of religions. I haven't found one that really suits me perfectly, so I just kinda grab what I want from different places, when it feels like it fits at the particular time. This kind of Earth Goddess-y stuff is feeling really good to me right now.
As someone who is concerned with the quality of my writing technique, I feel sad that I don't have much of a conclusion. But it's just a blog! I can say whatever I want!!!