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  • December 22nd, 2009 | 3:18 PM
Vision/Art Journal Cover

When newport2newport  invited me for a virtual art play date I knew almost at once what I was going to do. I'm working on my vision journal and I was going to work on the second page which I can see, somewhat, in my head. But alas the backgrounds on the second pages are a horrible color and had to be Gessoed over and repainted. So I'm still waiting before I can work on it.

Instead, I thought I'd share the cover of the vision journal and the evolution of it, though I will say that I am tempted to redo it. I don't like the pink. Sigh.

I started with a yellow background and some pictures of me. I wanted pictures that made me feel good about me and I liked the way the layout happened.
From Vision Journal
Then I got the bright idea to put a border around it all. I should have stopped her and put down a different color. Green maybe. I still might.
From Vision Journal
I tried to soften the pink with white crayon. Then I added the title. I should have tried to mix paint to that deeper pink for the frames. That might have been better.
From Vision Journal
I decided to add some yellow fibery stuff that I liked.
From Vision Journal
I decided to outline the letters in black but then I needed to connect the black so I put the black dots on the pink frames.
From Vision Journal
This journal is sketch pad that where I built up the pages with collage of magazine pages then I painted over them. Because I wanted to do all the backgrounds at once, I took the wire out of the spiral then, once they were all painted, I wove some gold cord back through the holes. I added a couple of flowers and then called it done.
From Vision Journal
But I am really thinking about tearing off the yellow fringe and repainted the frames something else.
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December 22nd, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
yellow and pink are hard colors to go together. You have to get just the right combinations. Here are some traditional ones that work well.

analagous colors always look good together, yellow and yellow-red, and red or yellow and yellow-green and green or any three colors next to each other on the color wheel but they can't skip colors.

or try adding other tints(colors mixed with white): yellow and white, red and white, blue and white. Keeping something all to tints makes it pastel like

or complementary colors vibrate next to each other and demand attention: yellow and purple

or Primary colors that are in your face for attention gathering, red, yellow and blue

Or monochromatic: all shades of yellow, butterscotch, wheat, pale yellow, brown-yellow, etc. yellows and various browns look particularly good together

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December 22nd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Diane! Very helpful. I did just buy myself a color wheel because I couldn't figure out what to mix to make what.

Melodye, but it's not a first draft, is the problem. It's more like a 6th draft that lost its way. It's hard for me to move forward until I get this one more like I want it. I'm going to take it apart and see where I can go with it while the paint dries on the next set of pages.
December 23rd, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Don't change a thing! I love it!! Brava, Susan!
December 23rd, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
I'm making a new cover. It was fun to experiment with but the fringe makes me crazy and now when I look at it, it makes me think of those pink and white animal crackers which is not exactly the vision I want to take with me. We'll see how I do with take two.
December 23rd, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
I love this idea! I'll have to put together a vision journal in the next month. Your cover is great!
December 23rd, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. I really liked the idea of a small journal that I could keep adding to for visioning. I have a few pages in mind but if I keep adding to it, perhaps it will help keep me sane?
December 23rd, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
I'm really enjoying your experiments with art journaling and collage. It's great to see people growing creatively! Thanks for sharing!
December 23rd, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words. I'm redoing this cover into something that feels a bit more like me....maybe I'll feel more connected to it the next time around. I'm thinking this art stuff is hard work but I'm having fun (mostly) playing around.
December 24th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed seeing how this piece progressed, this is a fine start. I think you will find the more you work, the easier it gets. If I may suggest, www.TeeshaMoore.com , Her website and blog (from the website you can get to her blog) has several really wonderful tutorials that you may enjoy.
Thanks for sharing,
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