OK, so here’s my first attempt at the “emphemera-glued-in” style of journalling. I really hate this page, it is sooooooo hokey and pathetic. It looks like kindergarten art to me…. It’s unlikely I’ll keep this page. I’ll probably paint over it with white Gesso and re-do it.
So, first I did a test layout with everything I was hoping to include.
Next, I added color, using stamps and stamping ink, to make the background more interesting. I was feeling very confident at this point; the page had huge potential.
I’ve seen this done well, so I know it IS possible. Just not by me. Yet. Or maybe ever….
To make myself feel better about the previous page, I needed to just draw/paint one. We went to a Cemetary in Montmartre. I expected it to be soooooooo boring, but oh man, it was amazing. Not our usual flat plot with a headstone. Acres of grounds, under a bridge, tiered, stairs, gardens, some maintained, some unkempt….. The grave sites are mostly crypts, with incredibly ornate carvings and crosses and doors. You go in the crypts and there are chairs in them, and I guess you can sit and commune with your loved one. It was beautiful………..
First I roughed in the drawing with pencil, then went over it with indelible ink. I wet the whole page and dropped in some color.