Today I got an accidental inspiration from paper collaging to nature theme. And what can better express this then Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s words: poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers. I would go further and I would say art journaling should be like a bird and just let it fly free, let your words and images fill the pages with no limitation.
And what was accidental if you stay I’ll show it to you. I was beginning with paper collage from some small papers laying around my table. Like that:
There were only a few pieces and actually I used this paper as a palette paper, so I had quiet a thick layer of paint on it. The rest of the paper seemed too white for me so I smeared some Lindy’s stamp gang flat shots on it, really messy among all those pieces.
Looked more interesting but then I wanted to lift my collage pieces back to the top, so I used pan pastel to add some shades to them.
Oops now it seemed to harsh, you know a mixture of popping colors with shades and different tints, but no thank you, that’s not what I wanted, so I took some gesso and I white-washed the whole thing (by the way like that I sealed my pan pastel as well).
And then it struck me, there do you see what I see? I didn’t meant to, but my random collage gave my image.
That’s my birdie, my poetry, my unlimited imagination that sees in a piece of paper a nature form, a bird flying with open wings. I added some silk acrylics to the bird and some feathers around it. I colored the bottom pieces to brown, and added garden greens cut with Sizzix dies from a former gelli print.