I wasn't sure what to call these pages, but finally decided the emphasis is on the beautiful bit of wisdom I received from my friend Rosie. I had been complaining of my apparent inability to understand and follow social conventions.
I think it is interesting that this quote is on a page of my ancestors.
It feels like some family karma that has been released. I recognise a freedom that I didn't used to feel.
I started with gessoing the pages and then painted them with acrylic paint. Apparently it's a good idea to water the paint down a bit, that way the pages are less likely to stick together. (Which is also why you never put gloss acrylic medium or varnish over the top of a page - the two pages will stay sticky).
The diamonds are printed with a homemade background stamp. (Here is the tutorial, by Laurie Gatlin). Fun, fun. I will have to do more of that. I painted acrylic paint onto the stamps for the stamping.
Strangely enough, as much as I love the background stamping, these pages stayed at this point for months. I think the pattern intimidated me a bit.
But as soon as I slapped a few photocopies down I was away. I love working with black and white copies of photos. I don't do scrapbooking so my old photos are just stuffed away in a plastic box. It feels wonderful to use them in my art journal.
I actually hadn't realised that I had a photo of my father's father. He died before I was born.
The camels and the building are magazine images. I also added a few rub-ons and stickers.