Saturday, April 25, 2015

Word Art Watercolor Journal Page

A few years ago I decided to use card challenges to spark my creativity, especially in making cards because I found it difficult and the results weren't too good. This year I was inspired by one of my Close To My Heart friends, DeAna,  to start making art journal pages. I always loved the way she used her art to record favorite verses. I'm not as artistic as DeAna, but I finally was brave enough to start in March. I started making a separate journal for mixed media with acrylics and one just for watercolor techniques and ideas.

The hardest part is allowing myself to learn as a beginner without expecting expert results. Hopefully, a little humility will make it less painful and will allow me to share some of the pages. Here's one that highlights one of my favorite chapters in Psalms:

Psalm 1 King James Version (KJV)

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

If you also like this chapter, you will enjoy reading the ideas about the third verse on Word Art Wednesday's post this week.

I used 140 lb. watercolor paper and mod podged the page into my journal on a page with a darker watercolor painted edges to frame the main image.

 I tried a technique spraying three colors that I mixed in small spray bottles, then using water on a brush to "draw circles" on the sprayed are before it dried. After it dried I decided it would work well with this week's verse (Psalm 1:3) from Word Art Wednesday and an old tree stamp I'd never used which I found while doing some spring cleaning. I was glad to see that my heavy paper would go through my printer to print this favorite quote.  I used a calligraphy pen to write the preceding verse 2 along the left side.

One circular area on the right was begging for my circular stencil:

The white made me want to add a little more so I inked one side of a cuttlebug border of tiny circles and pressed it on the top. I filled in the white inner circles with my white paint pen.

I was messy when I stamped this fabulous tree and got four black smears from the edges of the wooden block.  I always tell people in my scrapbook classes that there are no mistakes, only opportunities to be more creative. I made three birds with my black paint pen. I also used an 8B pencil to shade a little under the tree then had second thoughts and decided to stamp a fuzzy yarn border under it instead, sort of like grass.

Thank you for visiting. May your art and your faith prosper like it says in Psalm 1.

I'm sharing this page with the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks #25 - anything but a card
All Crafts Challenge Apr/May - anything but a card
Art Journal Journey - favorite quote from Psalm 1
Challenge Up Your Life #13 - watercolor
Fairytale Challenge #116 - Now or never - used a stamp I've never used
Word Art Wednesday #180 - anything family friendly


~*~Patty S said...

Your page is beautiful and the verse is very moving.
I like the thought that there is beauty in imperfection :-)

Valerie-Jael said...

Beutiful page and verse, thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey. Valerie

Mone said...

The paige is so beautiful! It is so harmonious.
Thanks for joining us at challenge up your life.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Beautiful pages and a great verse..
I have got the same tree stamp and love it very much!
Thank you for being with us at Art Journal Journey Vickie!

Nana said...

Beautiful. Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

Have a creative day.
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Pam said...

Absolutely beautiful!
Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

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Steffi Kellner said...

Nice card! Love the colours!
Thanks for joining us at Fairy tale Challenge!

Hugs Steffi