Last week’s challenge for the Documented Life Project was to create a page inspired by a favourite pair of shoes. As that was when my husband and I were enjoying our mini-break exploring the Poconos, the choice of shoes was obvious: my hiking sandals. They are quite old now but I always take them on trips with me because they are just so comfy. Although I have bought a newer, replacement pair, I always end up popping the old pair on because they have moulded perfectly to the shape of my feet. I also have fond memories of trips, hikes and explorations attached to them. Creating a page inspired by my hiking sandals also seemed like an appropriate way to document our trip in my Art Journal.
I used a mixture of peat brown ink and watercolour to paint the shoes, which I then outlined with black ink. I used leaf shaped stamps and postage stamps to give the page a bit more texture and layering and added the washi tape border for added visual interest. The quotation was borrowed from a former teaching colleague of mine as his words (and I don’t know if they were original to him) always stuck in my mind because I enjoy travelling so much.
Considering I am so new to art journalling, I was pretty pleased with the outcome of this page as I felt it was unified and was my most mixed media effort to date.