I have been posting my finished journal pages, pages that I like. I thought it was about time that I show you some that I don't like. I just look at these pages and think 'ug'. Will they stay ugly and unfinished even when my journal is full? I don't know.
And they aren't the only ones.
I tried a new technique where you plop down some different colours of paint and close your journal. Then you work with that.
On the left I put down some watersoluable oil pastels and smoothed it down with a little water. On the right I painted a wash of green watercolour and added a green border of the watersoluable oil pastels.
I saw a rather intriguing image emerging from the paintblot on the left, kind of a bird woman, that I tried to emphasise with pencil. The right side I decided to cover with black gesso- which ended up looking looked like crap.So then I sanded the right page and covered it with gesso. I had hoped to feel newly inspired after that. I did that nearly a month ago and all I do is cringe every time I go past it.
I will go into teacher mode and say there is no reason to cringe. It is not a failure to have unfinished and crap-looking journal pages. The purpose of the journal is experimenting, playing and anything else you want to do. In a way, it is really a good thing to have crap pages, it means that I am not playing it safe and just repeating stuff that has worked in the past.
I feel better now.
What if I made crap pages on purpose? That might be fun.
If you want to see more of my journal pages, you can go to the left hand column where it says labels and click on 'my journal pages'. You will bring up all of my posts that have that label.