You've probably noticed that I haven't posted an Inspiration Wednesday post in a couple of weeks. Why not? Hmm...I don't really know, other than I've just been playing more with shipping tags and paper rosettes and distress inks than in my inspiration journal, I guess. So it's not that I haven't been playing creatively, it just hasn't actually been in the journal.
I did actually do a page, though, last weekend (Oct. 2), that was based on Donna's Sept. 29 video. I just never got around to posting it! Ha! So...here is that page...you'll notice that again, I did almost the exact technique that Donna did. I still don't have the same watercolor crayons as she does, so I have a very limited color palette in mine, but they still let me have the opportunity to play. And I must say, I do love them every time I play with them...there's just something SO cool about watching those crayon lines turn into paint right before your eyes!
I did not, however, use black and white india ink for my twisty line, like Donna did. I used black and white Galaxy markers (by American Crafts) for my line...for the finishing of it, I mean. I started off with a charcoal pencil like she did. I love my main quote - taken from a Tim Holtz stamp - "Not all who wander are lost." I don't think I even own that stamp - yet - but I love the quote. Around the twisty line, it says, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~Picasso~ Be...Create...Risk.... Creativity is an endless journey where we should always take the scenic route. Explore...Journey...Art."
This second entry which I never posted was one I did back in August, during a weekend when I was on bedrest for several days due to an injury. I have spent many months on bedrest in the past - during each of my pregnancies, I was on bedrest for 3 months, due to preterm labor - but it was much easier to swallow then, given that I had a LOT at stake! This time, with 3 young children to care for, and to be honest, a GIANT need to be downstairs in my crafting studio - NOT upstairs in bed! - I was most definitely having a pity party for myself! Donna was on vacation that week, I believe, and had done her Inspiration Wednesday video on the road, using her india ink/pen and watercolor crayons or pencils to paint flowers in a book. I didn't do anything that day, but over the weekend, I realized there was no reason I couldn't take MY fountain pen, watercolor crayons and my Stampin' Up! aqua painter brushes upstairs to my bed. I already had this page in my inspiration journal with book text embedded, using gel medium, and a light wash of paint over it. I figured it was the perfect page for me to draw some flowers and color/paint them in.
I also colored the inclusion page next to it, which happened to be a yellow envelope...and found that they tend not to take watercolor paint very well...as you can see by the muddy-sort of color. I used my india ink to write my self-pity over it, "Bedrest sucks! [especially when you're not even pregnant!] Is there a flower to go with that?!"
A few days later, once I was cleared from bedrest by my doctor, I added the ribbon to the main page, as well as the black die-cut fence, since I felt like it sort of went with the pity-party theme much better than, say, a white-picket fence would. I also added the journaling note-page with the caution, "Warning: Pity party up there." I added a few black line-drawing rub-ons and painted them in too. Ahh...well, it IS supposed to be part art, part JOURNAL, right?!