This is the concluding entry for my, now completed, February Journal. Although I didn't start it at the beginning of the month, I still managed to complete twenty days, which is a good size to bind with them being mixed media. So here are the last eight pages and the covers.An English Rose, A Hint Of Spring
With An English Rose
my daughter challenged me to use lime green and rose pink, not colours I would normally put together unless I was painting flowers....and that is all I could think of, once I had put down a mottled background! I found some old drawer liner paper in my stash with roses and rosebuds on it and used them to create a rambling rose up the side of the page. I added the cameos from some paper that my mother had given me...a magazine freebie I think.....and decorated them before adding them to the page. I finished the page with a posy of roses in the top right corner to balance the page out. I decided to use up some leftover bits and pieces to create A Hint Of Spring
We had had several days of decent weather, in fact it was positively warm on occasion, and this influenced my journal page for the day.Winter Bites, Purple Rain
Following our spell of nicer weather, Mother Nature decided to remind us of exactly who is boss and the weather turned cold again. Winter Bites
echoes the downturn in the temperature. Every now and then I settle down at my studio table with a big pile of stamps, some ink pads and some tissue paper and I sit and play. I enjoy making patterned tissue, it makes great wrapping paper for gifts and is useful in mixed media work. I decided to use a section of one of the tissue sheets I created as the background for that days journal page. I also wanted to do something with circles, so created a bubbly border.Tea In The Garden, Frames Within Frames
I was still in a 'use up leftovers' mood when I came to create my journal page for the day (our scraps boxes are overflowing) so ended up using pink and green again...and guess what?......gardens and flowers again Tea In The Garden
is the resulting page...very British...we do like our tea Frames Within Frames
was created for fun. I like playing with pattern and wanted to do something with gears. I love the texture on this page as well as the colour and pattern. I think this is possibly my favourite page Some People..., The Fragmented Environment
I often use art as therapy, a way of letting off steam or to calm me down. Some People...
ended up being a bit of both. The overall design is very calming and was calming to create, I let off steam with the phrase I chose to add to the page. I rarely use swearing in my art, but occasionally it is what is required! The Fragmented Environment
is a response to some of the articles I have read recently about the fragile state of our planet and reminds me of artificial environments I have seen created in deserts.....I can hear Mother Nature tut-tutting as I type lolFebruary Journal Cover, Back Cover
Februarys birthstone is the amethyst, so I chose mainly purple to decorate the covers of the journal. Each cover sheet is made by bonding two sheets of 300 gsm watercolour paper together to give added strength.
Life is still hectic with family commitments at the moment, but I am managing to get a little done each day. I have been working on a couple of 3D projects this week and will get these photographed as soon as I am able, camera permitting and add them to the next post along with more painting and the odd experiment
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