Golden October Journal Page



Hello everyone! Hope things are going well for you. Today I am sharing an art journal page.

I completed this journal page for Art Journal Journey. It's my first time to join this challenge and the theme this month is Indian Summer/Autumn/Golden October. I must admit that this was a hard one for me. I don't use orange and yellow all that much - I prefer reds and pinks and blues and greens. This is my second try at a page that follows the prompt, the first one being an orange-y/yellow-y/red-ish/brownish blah background that I just found so uninspiring. I put it in the closet and closed the door! 
A few days later I decided to start again. 

I began by pulling out one of my favorite handmade stencils and painted gesso onto the page through the stencil.


I had used some red Dylusions spray ink on this stencil and so the gesso reactivated it giving me a tint of pink - which I liked.  :)
Then I painted the background a soft yellow, added some darker yellow and white paint through a stencil and scribbled on the page with a pencil. You can see the pink tint near the bottom of the page.


While that was drying, I gathered some collage. The face is from a Teesha Moore collage sheet and the other is cut from scrapbook paper scraps.


I needed to add more contrast (and more of my preferred colors) so I used red oil pastel to add color to the dress.


By then the background was dry so I glued the collage down with matte medium.


But it still needed some more work so I let it sit for a few days until I found this quote and added more collage to the border. I used some of my gelli printed papers for these border scallops. A few finishing touches and it felt complete.


I am glad I was able to finish the page using the prompt. It was a good exercise to find a way to make it work for me. The subject matter helped - I like making these girls - and starting out knowing I was going to make the girl motivated me. Adding pink and red made the color scheme more appealing. 

Yeah - pink and red . . . but not much orange! ;)

Happy October!

-Laney


13 comments

  1. I love your collaged Mixed Media page - everything about it is perfect! And I am glad you took the unloved colored background and brought it to such a super page! Thank you for sharing the page and progress with us at Art Journal Journey!
    I am glad to hear that you got more comfortable with orange now!
    I can tell you that orange is a good friend from pink and red and loves to meet them!
    Happy weekend to you!
    So nice to have you with us at Art Journal Journey!
    oxo Susi

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  2. Always love seeing what's in that journal of yours! Such a wonderful quote and lovely little lady ( I'm a sucker for wings!! ) ♥ Keep up that wonderful creativity Laney!!
    M♥chelle

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  3. Thanks for linking your wonderful page to us at AJJ, it has turned out really well. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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  4. wonderful collage page and she is a beautiful autumn gypsy! Happy PPF!

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  5. Wonderful collage thanks for sharing your process. Such a fun page and love how the dress came together!

    Hugs Giggles

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  6. Its a fantastic page, the collage girl and details are wonderful, so are the quote and background.
    Yvonne

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  7. that quote definitely...great colours and lets all be wild and gypsy like in the swirling leaves

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  8. So lovely to see the process! Beautiful work!

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  9. So pretty and true. I really love seeing how you create.

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  10. Love your page. It was interesting to see how you created it.

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  11. Love the quote! Very pretty page - very sweet little bird and flowered hair!

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  12. It's great following how you went from start to finish. You added the perfect finishing touches! This would be a perfect challenge for me since yellow and orange are 2 of my favorite colours ... ;-)

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