This week’s Documented Life Project journal prompt was to use repeating elements. It is perhaps a signifier of just how stereotypically British I am and certainly of how much of a tea addict I am that I instantly thought of tea cups.
It has been over a year now since I attended my first MeetUp and I have been enjoying going along to the Art Journal group one Sunday a month – with a few skipped – as it is always a pleasure to meet up with other creative people and while away some time doing something I enjoy with lovely company. Yesterday was the monthly meeting for February so I decided to work on my DLP page. We meet in a coffee shop and I just had my travel art kit with me which obviously limited the media I could use but that just added to the challenge and, quite honestly, after all of the weeks of layering I was more than happy to keep things a lot simpler and quicker this week.
I started by splodging some brown watercolour paint onto my page and then I edged it with washi tape not really because it added to the page but more in order to cover up some mucky paint marks that had invaded from other pages in my journal. I cut out my own little teacup element from some card and then set about cutting out the teacups from bits of scrap paper. It was a great way to use up some small scraps left over from other collaging projects. I used bits of gelli plate prints, some paper used to clean a brayer, some scraps of origami paper and one of the ladies at the MeetUp kindly gave me a wee piece of her scrapbooking paper to use. I glued the teacups down the approximate centre of the page as a stack. That left me with large areas of negative space on each side so I decided to write the phrase “Everything stops for tea” to fill it up.
The dual prompts for the Documented Life Project this week were Colour Wheel and a quotation from Georgia O’Keeffe: “I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way”. When prompts lean towards the broad and vague, it can be hard to know where to start. There are so many options and possibilities that it becomes hard to narrow the focus to one idea and thus inspiration is in short supply. The beauty of such open-ended prompts, however, is that every member of the group is bound to have their own unique take on the prompt(s) and put their own individual spin on it. Once inspiration comes knocking, each person is free to run with it and see what emerges on the blank page.
Recently it has rarely been the case that I have created my prompt response so early in the week. Finding time is my major artistic challenge right now. Today, however, I happened to have my monthly Art Journal MeetUp group so I was presented with a wonderful opportunity to get the page done. We meet at a coffee shop so travel art supplies to hand and hot chocolate to mouth (because I don’t drink coffee) I set about creating my page.
My 7 year old and I have been cutting out shapes to use in our art journaling. The O’Keeffe quotation inspired me to include a repeated shape on the page and one of the shapes I have is a matryoshka doll. Each matryoshka doll could, therefore, represent a different wedge on the colour wheel. I used watercolour, pencil and pen to create my spectrum of matryoshka. This is actually the second time I have created a journal page based around matryoshka. I don’t know why I am so drawn to that shape or idea. Answers on a postcard.
Although I had plenty of negative space on my page, I did not have a great deal of free space. I, therefore, focused the O’Keeffe quotation down to the most relevant part and used pen to add it to the bottom of my page.