LB Week 11 – Trees of Life

This past week was a bonus week with Tam and Gracie.  My initial, art journal, page was trying to incorporate their two styles, but when I sat down to work on it this weekend, I ended up using their basic composition and images.

For my page with Tam, I used my usual art supplies: Neocolor II, acrylics, Prisma pencils, handmade paper, a new book I picked up for free at the Go Center – someone gave up their copy of the 2000 edition of Washington Discovery Guide.  Also used two Stampin’ Up stamps – the bird and butterfly, Spectrum Noir and Auqamarkers, circle and fluer de lis stencils, and small bubble wrap.  I am pretty happy with the page and really like the texture I got on the tree from the handmade paper.

For my page with Gracie, I decided to go monochrome, in my color of this year: blue.  Gracie’s page was landscape so I rotated mine to portrait.  Once I bind my pages, I want to be able to thumb through them without turning the book.  The tree is from a recent tangle pattern that I started drawing a couple weeks ago, so I am enjoying the synchronicity that they both used a similar style tree recently. For the page, I used nearly the same materials, with the addition of Pitt pens. I like the more abstractness of this page, that it is more doodle-ish, and that it is more flat. I spent very little time shading elements, but the layering gives a bit of depth.  I used a little black for the stamped images. My black ink pad needs refreshing, which works out in for this page. I like the faintness of the stamped images.

I was hoping to have time to work on the 9×12 version of Jane’s popup page, which remains a favorite page in my class journal.  Alas, time has run out for tonight.  Tam posted a supply list for tomorrow’s teacher and I’m happy to see that I have nearly everything on the list and what I don’t have, I hope I can substitute with supplies on hand.

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