October 27, 2016

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!



  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

  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!!

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

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

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

    Hugs Giggles

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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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