But yesterday I was really in the mood to do something different, so I got out my Dyan Reaveley 'Dylusions' Art Journal, and got started. First, I put a long strip of masking tape along the center (helps strengthen the binding and keeps paint or inks from going down between pages) and added a good coat of gesso over the whole thing. While that was drying I started thinking about what I wanted to do ... and I was a total blank, but the bottle of olive green was calling my name, so I got that out and set it in front of me so I wouldn't forget. Once the gesso was dried I squirted the paint onto my journal pages and, using my brayer, rolled it all over the two pages ... vertically and then horizontally. As I rolled side to side, I thought the pattern made by the brayer looked like old barn boards, and then came the idea to paint a part of a barn wall, and from there, flowed more ideas until I got this ...
The nail was pencil drawn and colored using the oil pastels. Have I told you I am in LOVE with oil pastels??? Seriously!!! Anyway, by then the jar was dry so I added a lid, using metallic silver paint and grey and black pastels. Then I penciled in some fireflies and painted them up using bright yellow, metallic white and black paint.
The 'object' to the left of the jar is supposed to be an old birds nest, and was colored using the pastels. Did I say I love pastels???
Next up was something to hang from the nail, and last night when I went to bed I had NO idea what that would be, but this morning when I looked at it, I thought ... 'rusty stars!' ... and knew that was what I would add. I did a pencil drawing, then painted them with gesso to get a clean slate on which to paint them. Then I used the rich brown paint for the base, and colored and shaded them using pastels. The wire was drawn on using a black marker.
I have to tell you, this is one of my favorite projects EVER, and I am so proud of it because it truly represents a special part of my childhood memories. I also hope that you have enjoyed your visit today.