We are at the highest time of the summer, vacation and visiting the sea is a part of it, isn’t it? Did you ever wonder what is under the sea? What are the secrets that it’s hiding? And by that I mean not the visible things like the flora, the fauna or the “found objects”… I mean that all those things have their own story, did you ever wonder how far those things traveled till you noticed them? Well with all these thoughts in my mind I created this art journal page:
The text is from Henry W. Longfellow: “…my soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea…”. I was beginning with a newspaper collage on my spread representing sort of underwater waves. If you ever dived you know that under water waves looks like darker spots of water. I blended my collage in with gesso. Then I colored the page with Lindy’s stamp gang sprays, actually a mixture of two colors: merry-go-round green and c’est la vie cerise (it’s green and blue like the sea visually). And around my collage pieces I added some shades with pan pastel.
It looked okey, but I still missed something, well the bubbles, of course, under the sea without bubbles, oh come on. I added them without any hesitation.
I distressed my edges I applied some broken china distress ink to emphasize the pages. I used some gelli plate monotype prints with twigs die from Sizzix to create my undersea-underground.
I painted an anchor with Prima stencil and some distress paint, and added stitches as a rope for my anchor through my spread. I added my embellishments: a turtle, a shell and a starfish. Hope you enjoyed the dive with me. I am sharing my spread with Journal 52 prompt.