This inaugural get messy art journal season was the perfect way to get back into the groove after my long holiday break. It has been so awesome being part of such a supportive and inspirational community.
This week I broke from my normal pattern and decided to incorporate some digital elements. I know it seems strange, but digital art journaling is a thing. Sometimes I just don't have the time or the inclination to pull out the watercolors or stamps so going digital is a fun alternative. I don't look at it as replacing "real" watercoloring, rather I see it as building a whole different skill set where my supplies consist of a computer, software and a whole range of digi kits and brushes. I plan on doing some more in depth digital art journal pages, but for today I kept it pretty straightforward. I created a very muted background using some digital water color brushes in a bluish gray. I they created an overlay of text and knocked out the color to create a resist look. The words are lyrics to one of my favorite love songs..."Wild is the Wind"...the Nina Simone version.
One of my favorite lines from the song is "like a leaf clings to a tree, oh my darling cling to me." I liked the idea of recreating the leaf imagery...I wanted the leaves to appear as though they were blowing in the wind...but a bit more structured. I originally wanted to use real leaves that I had dried, but they crumbled in the process:( I then decided to choose some of my favorite digi paper patterns from One Little Bird and Paislee Press.
I printed them out on vellum and using a template I made, I cut my leaves out and adhered them to my art journal pages using some machine sewing. So yeah, that's it. This is one of my favorite art journal pages this season...not necessarily because it's the best, but because it reflected a lot of different loves for me...the song, Nina SImone, digital art, technology, words, and hand stitching.