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I made this journal out of canvas boards and fabric over a year ago in Lesley Riley’s class at Art and Soul and rediscovered it after organizing my art room. I still haven’t finished the cover.

I was inspired to work in it last week after creating some collage images on a project day with my art group. 

Birthday girl Flower angel

I started with the face, some were from Paper Whimsy, and then created the rest with cuttings and scraps from magazines, catalog images and bits of ephemera. I collaged some images on background pages and sketched legs, arms and feet where needed.

Blue girl   Chandelier angel

Next I applied the little blue girl image to a watercolor page in my journal with gel medium and then stenciled, doodled and added acrylic paints and white and black gel pens to the background.

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The nest is a TAP transfer and I layered scraps of sewing pattern tissue, a torn piece of an embroidered shower curtain from Patty and a piece of a vintage tape measure.

The preceding page was a small insert of sheet music on which I had done a TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) transfer of three eggs and sewed a dyed and tattered doily to the page edge.

And after a walk through the Virginia Bluebells at Bull Run Park on Saturday

I was inspired to do a watercolor sketch of these lovely and prolific blue beauties. In my haste to get color on the page I applied too much saturation to the flowers forgetting the all important unpainted white spaces to highlight the lovely blue flowers and it all got a bit mucky.

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But since it’s in my journal now, hopefully I will look back and improve my next attempt at watercolor.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Boston and all those involved in the horrific tragedy yesterday. Wishing peace and safety to all.

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