Jen, as usual, has created a beautiful visual journal of her Europe Trip. I didn’t even touch my art stuff while we were away for 28 days. SO…………
I committed to Jen and myself that I’d get the whole trip Journalled by the end of June. I had a couple pages done, and a couple kinda-done, and decided to spend a few hours in the studio today, completing some pages.
Off I go, into my beee-uuuuu-teeee-ful studio to find this.
Ooops, it would appear that either burglars came in and RANSACKED the place, or I haven’t cleaned it in 3 months….
After an hour or so of actually putting stuff where it belonged (such a CRAZY concept), I had three clean tables, and an accesible cutting space.
SO. First off, I took all the ephemera that I’d collected during the trip, and ripped and tore and cut out bits that I thought I might use. I actually don’t use a lot of “glued in” stuff when I’m journalling, I mostly just draw and/or paint, but I want to do this journal a little differently.
There are 42 pages in this Journal. Here are the first few completed pages.
I did this doorway scene twice. The first time, it was just too dark:
I was using my little travel paints, and a “bleedy” pen, and the whole thing just wasn’t right… So, in this next version, I used better paints, and was very mindful of the colors – I’m much happier with it. These flowering archways/doorways are just everywhere, and were blooming so lushly…
Next up, I wanted to remember our awesome Segway Tour of Paris, so I glued a city map across two pages
I knew I couldn’t draw Paul’s face, but I COULD draw the rest of the image, so I drew this, and added a photo of his cute little face
Lastly, for today, anyway, geraniums in window boxes. Soooo gorgeous, all over Paris, and everywhere else we went as well, tumbling out of pots, and window boxes, and planters, and about 90% of them were gorgeous bright red.
I definitely DO prefer the look of the paintings/drawings, but am determined to include tickets and maps, etc. from this trip. I’m finding those pages are MUCH harder to do………….