Sunday, 11 February 2018

Your True Colours: A Journal Page

This is the first time that I have created a two page spread in my Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal.  However, as that was the first prompt for the February challenge over on Mixed Media Art Journey, I decided to see how I could make it work in a spiral bound journal.  The remaining prompts were 'use blue', 'hide a secret', 'use a stamp', 'add a pattern' and 'song lyrics'.  As you can see, I chose the Cyndi Lauper hit 'True Colours'.
I started by sketching a rainbow across the two pages and used my Ecoline pens and a water brush to colour it in (Scarlet, Deep Orange, Deep Yellow, Forest Green, Sky Blue, Ultramarine Deep and Blue Violet).  Once dry, the pencil lines were erased.
Next, I used blue, mixing white and cerulean gouache colours with plenty of water, to cover the rest of the spread.  To add texture, I used a crumpled paper towel to dab up some of the colour while still wet.
I used the Paula Pascual Christmas Carol script stamp with Forget-Me-Not archival ink to add further texture to the sky.  I also intensified the red and orange in the rainbow by blending some of the Van Gogh oil pastels in Scarlet and Orange over the top.
I created a cauldron (the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow) by adding Golden Hi Flow paint in Carbon Black over a piece of white card shaped on the left hand side.  To 'hide a secret' I drew and coloured coins on the back of the cauldron before adding it into the bottom right hand corner.
The chorus from the Cyndi Lauper hit, written across the rainbow, provided the song lyrics.  I used a black Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen with a brush nib.
Finally, I added a pattern, by drawing dots along the orange and indigo sections of the rainbow, with the same black pen.
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