These pages were a long and convoluted journey. Strong background colours can be very limiting. You need to come up with something that will still read over the top. I don't think I have succeeded here, but it was fun trying.
First I started with cutting a window. You are looking at the previous page here. It is fun to have this communication going on between two sets of pages. You might need a bit more planning than usual to make it work.
You start with water soluble crayons and lay down the colour thickly. This wasn't thick enough, I had to go back for a second time to get the strength I wanted.
Then go over it with a brush and water. Because the crayon is thick, you won't be able to write over the top of it unless you seal it with matt medium (just brush some over the top). I was very happy to find out about this trick as I have 'killed' a few pens trying to write over water soluble crayon.
What do you put over colour like this?
I thought I would try a black line drawing. I started with the furniture and the portrait 'painting' (magazine cut-out). But it seemed too delicate.
Then I read about 'zentangles' and thought I would try them out. It's fun. Really it is just doodling. You start with an outer shape and fill it in. Don't think about it too much.
I used my new Identi-Pen for a strong line.
The crow is a photocopy from another journal page.
Click on the picture to read the writing. You will be amazed by what it says.
Oh yeah, and I added some colour into the doodles.