As this year draws to an end my thoughts are automatically drawn to the brand new year ahead of us and what might be in store for us all.
I have only just started to really enjoy the creative process of making things again, before now it has been forced, almost as if I was on automatic pilot; I was simply going through the motions in the hope that somewhere along the line my muse would eventually take over.
I am happy to report that my muse, while she isnt yet fully awake; she has started to stir from her deep slumber and I am afraid that if I don’t feed her by thinking about or creating art on a daily basis that she will return back to her hibernation and that idea fills me with dread.
With that in mind I have decided that my main resolution for 2012 is to simply do more art, to live a ‘Creative Life’, I decided this would be my own personal challenge for 2012, to seek out inspiration and ideas from whatever sources I could in order to feed my creative soul.
I decided to create a journal page to reflect my new years resolution, I took my inspiration from the words ‘Creative Life’ and went from there, the hearts on the page reflect my new found love of art.
Journal Page Stage One:
Below is what the journal page looked like before I added any embellishing to it – to start with I cut out a simple heart string using concertina folded magazine papers and then I cut out 3 larger hearts from the same glossy magazine and glued them on with glue.
Next I washed over the entire page and the heart shapes too using a wash of bright pink gouche paint, when the paint was dry I applied a very light layer of white to make the pink lighter in parts. Then I got a baby wipe and used it to lift some of the paint from the hearts to reveal some of the original pattern.
Finishing The Journal Page:
I added colour to the heart shapes using marker pens; yellow on the larger hearts and pink on the smaller ones, then using a slightly darker shade of pink pen I added borders around the hearts and drew smaller hearts in between the heart strings.
Using a black drawing pen and a gold metallic marker I added dots to embellish around the edges of the hearts to create a border. A broad white paint pen was used to create a white border on the page and then using black and pink markers I lined the white border.
The words CREATIVE LIFE are chip board letters from my stash which I glued on then added a black border around each letter using my marker pen.
I really enjoyed making this page, although I admit it felt strange to be working with hearts at Christmastime 🙂
Lets hope I can keep to my resolution for 2012!