I cycled through a lot of different ideas before I finally arrived at this page (above). I love the color palette, so I was surprised and frustrated that I couldn't easily figure out what to do. I think part of my struggle was that many of these color journal pages will be bound in a Midori style journal (elastic cord binding). The size is 8 x 8 with a fold in the center. This is a surprisingly small size for me and it required some scale adjustment on my part. Also, some recipients want the work to be flat. Talk about a challenge! My style tends to be chunky, embellished, interactive. I find that my "go-to" techniques often require the structure of an actual bound book (which is why altered books really appeal to me!) So, outside of my comfort zone I ventured.
The creative process began with this idea of Kandinsky-inspired circles. I made a mock up out of concentric felt circles, but once I saw it, I wasn't loving it.
It took me a long time to reach the decision to abandon this initial idea and start anew. So, once back to the drawing board, I began to make a connection between these colors and Bollywood. This palette reminds me of India and knowing that Jen loves music, Bollywood seemed a logical choice. Easy and inspiring, right? Or so I thought. Beginning to feel the time crunch, I forced myself to just START. While pulling stencils that gave me an "India" vibe, I thought I might try playing with these new layered stencils from Altenew (Dahlia). Using Distress Stains, I chose orange for my background color. For the first stencil, I applied a pink Distress Stain with a felt applicator (I was too lazy to find my sponge daubers). I applied a turquoise Distress Stain through the second stencil. Some of the colors started to bleed into each other which gave it a soft, water-color effect. I was fascinated by this layered technique. This is how it turned out:
Interesting, but it didn't feel right for these color journal pages.
Next, I pulled out my Dylusions sprays and started playing with some of my other stencils. This background was created with orange and pink Dylusion sprays. I added another layer applying turquoise acrylic paint with various plastic lids and Q-tips. I was happy with the bright and energetic look that was emerging.
As fun as this was, it really needed something more. I toyed with the idea of adding silhouettes of Bollywood dancers. Or a Buddha image. Again, none of this was really grabbing me. I think that's when I started to move toward a Boho page. I imagined colorful ribbons decorating the page edges.
Yes! But, it still needed a focal point. I found a quote about music that seemed fitting. I printed it out in a 3 x 3 square and framed it in turquoise paper (using my new Frame punch board from We R Memory Keepers).
Despite the early struggles, I am very happy with how this page turned out and think Jen will love it too!