I prepared my fake journal by gelli printing some wild backgrounds. In this pretend life I decided to take way more risks in my journal, for better or for worse. Painting in thick gouache was another thing I wanted to try.
I met my initial goals and also learned a whole lot more.
- Towards the end of the second week I woke up screaming, "I MISS MY WHITE SPACE!" From past experience, I think it may be that I need some variety in my journaling practice, rather than a love of blank white pages. This is worth testing.
- I loved working in a single, chronological journal.
- Drawing in black on loose paper is a great way to add a drawing to those crazy, colored backgrounds I sometimes feel compelled to paint. The value contrast was great.
- However, I need to allow space for the additional thickness added by all of this collage in the book.
- Because not all prints are successful, I prefer gelli printing on loose sheets rather than directly into a journal.
- It is possible to schedule time every day even in a busier than normal month. In other income tax seasons I've done a lot less art than I did this year!
- I found lots of ways to add interesting color and unify a pre-painted page. I used paper, napkins, pigment ink pads, stamping, and water-based markers as well as acrylic paint and gouache.
I'm taking all of these insights forward into my journaling practice. I'm going to stick to one journal at a time, for now one with all white pages. LOL