This spread is for “A Year in the Life of an Art Journal” (AYITLOAAJ, from now on!) I really missed art journalling and the freedom to just paint this week, so when I played the song on Youtube and it resonated with me, I used it for this spread. It’s also featured on Songs in my Heart, where there’s some amazing art, based on songs and lyrics – go see!
Technical stuff – I started with a lemon yellow background (I have a whole tube of that to get rid of, or get over…), a little orange, and then a brayer, some white paint and some reddish round blobs – which became the dolls – and the big yellow bright patch in the centre where my home grew.
The dip pen came out and I even messed up the lyrics! So much for having a good memory… 😉
I used Whispers Brush Markers to colour the hair and eyes and my fave Inktense pencils for shadows and discovered that I could blend them with a waterbrush, even when they’d dried. As I was working through this page on a lap-tray, I had to try and limit what came out of my oversized pencil case, so I chose to work mainly with reds and mauves, the 3 Inktense pencils I currently own, a 9B graphite stick and some Hello Kitty tiny heart stickers for beauty spots! (I blame Barbara for my HK addiction!!)
I have yet to see all the interpretations of this theme, and I’m looking forward to that. My take seems quite literal, but home means different things to different people…