The Week 24 challenge for the Documented Life Project was to incorporate a text page into the Art Journal. This was a difficult one for me because I am normally so very precious about books that the idea of tearing one up and cutting it was anathema to me. However, having purchased an old dictionary from the library for the purpose of collaging, I decided to just go for it. I did, however, plump for a preface page rather than attacking the actual dictionary. Baby steps.
I don’t actually know where the inspiration for the page came from. I must have been mulling over creating something that represented myself and my four sons, however, as the idea of a matryoshka doll suddenly hit me. If only giving birth to them had been that easy! I was short on time last week so the idea of a simple page containing simple shapes also appealed.
The background was just blobs of acrylic paint spread with an old store card in order to keep it uncontrolled and random. I then cut the matryoshka shapes from the preface page and glued them down with gel medium. I added the details with pen and kept it all quite naive in style because it was a page about kids and that childlike simplicity seemed apt and – mostly – because I was seriously short on time. I then added to some of the negative space by sticking in some washi tape. The whole thing probably took me under ten minutes if you subtract the drying time for the paint and glue but I think that sort of slapdash energy complements the subject matter so it’s all good.