Tuesday, March 27, 2012

spring journal page
Deciding.  Deciding whether or not I'm really happy with this page.  I'm sitting on the fence about it.  I keep adding things, in an effort to get it to "take my breath away".  Honestly, its just not happening.
Here's how it started out.  A page done with Dyan's spray inks.

But, the page was to bright.  I wanted to mute the colors down, so I tried laying down just some plain white chalk, over the dried inks.  I wiped the color into the page with a paper towel.
After choosing some of the elements that I wanted on the page, it still felt too bright.  So I grabbed my gesso.
I watered down the gesso.  Allot.  Sheesh.  Then it felt to white, so I warmed it back up with a little Distress Ink.
I layer out the elements and began to glue things down.
Dropped in some journaling at the bottom.  LOVED the quote that I found by Truman Capote.  It reads, "Aprils never ever meant much to me, autumn seems that season of beginning, spring".  It's from the movie 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'.  And since I am more more of an Autumn, rather than Spring kinda girl, and with so much brown on the page, it just seemed fitting quote to use.
But then, I move the little bird and tag elements over.  And decide to do a large hand-written word at the top.  It does not work.  Too cutesie for what feels like a more serious page.  So, I lope the entire top off.  Which changes the feel too.  I like allot of "white space" and now that's been taken away.
Some stitching, crayon scribbles, and smaller letters at the top, just feel a little better.  But do I like it?  Dunno.
A few paint splatters, some inked dots and I think I like it a little better.  Maybe.  All of the elements are vintage, except for the little bee circle.  Still sitting on the fence.  But it is funny to see how bright it started and how it ended up.

And good grief, I need to take a photo taking class.  For the love of Pete, all my pictures suck.  LOL.


  1. I love your page! And your pictures don't suck! Silly!

  2. Cindy,
    I love it! The landscape scene is so pretty and I love all the elements you've added.

  3. looks pretty from here! I'm a spring kinda gal but love the fall colors you used.

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  5. very English (cottage-y) countryside

  6. I think it is beautifully, autumnanly spring. Isn't it frustrating when after trying this, that and everything in-between we still aren't QUITE satisfied? When in doubt, I add something sparkly, or something red.


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