Last week’s Art Journal Adventure prompt was to use text as the initial layer in an art journal spread. I am not the greatest at layering so it was useful to have the nudge at having another attempt at it. It happened to be valentine’s week last week so I took “love” as my theme. My valentine’s week was actually themed around stress – two valentine’s parties to organise and run at work, three class parties to attend that afternoon for three of my kids, and cooking a dinner the kids complained about, and we don’t even celebrate Valentine’s Day – but I decided my art journal page should focus on “love” regardless.
Layer one was my handwriting in ink covering the page, running in multiple directions, overlapping, until it became completely illegible, and all I wrote were whatever love song lyrics happened to drift into my head. Once that layer was complete, I decided to scrape some acrylic paint over it. Annoyingly, this all but concealed the handwritten layer. Ugh. I just cannot get this layering thing right. Ploughing on, I decided to reintroduce text again so I used negative space painting with white gesso to carve out the word “love”. It was all still a bit meh and blah so I picked up a paint pen and scrawled “all you need” across the bottom of the page. I am going to be happy that I was intuitive about adding an element but I rather suspect it was a wrong move. The whole page, therefore, is very ho hum. But that’s OK because, in a crazy busy week, each layer was a moment of calm in a day.