Art Journal Page – The “to-do list”

I completed this journal page on Sunday, November 10.  It had been a busy weekend and there was a daunting list of things to complete before heading out on a little trip this week.  The list was making my head spin and I needed to work through the anxiety and see the forest for the trees…completing the list meant I could do something of the more important things on my life to-do list – spend time with family friends and have a little time to myself.

I started by prepping the pages with gesso and tape the seams.  Then I pulled out a supply I hadn’t used in a long while – dry wall tape.  It provides great texture and is easy to use.  I added some stickers (still trying to use them up) and then sealed all of them in with some matte medium.

I started to add some colours, first using Tim Holtz paint daubers, but found I wasn’t achieving the depth of colour I wanted, so I switched to some Golden Fluid acrylics which worked much better.  By the time I was done with the paint, I was worried I’d created a “hot mess” but pushed through and took a step back.  I actually found I liked where things were headed and was pretty happy with the product.  I added some birds and journaling and I was done.

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I'm an avid birder and naturalist, with the good fortune to work as a park interpreter. I get to spend every day in a beautiful park, so no matter how challenging, all I have to do is look out the window and the natural world is there to greet and soothe my soul.

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