New Beginnings

It’s September, my birthday is later this week and Spring is here!  How much better can it get?

I always think of Spring as a new beginning, and I am also at a ‘new beginning’ stage in my life and I wanted to make a journal page to commemorate both these events.

I had gone on line a couple of days back and treated myself to a pile of new art products: half a dozen Golden Fluid Acrylics; Pitt pens in all sizes, water colour paints, water soluble oil pastels and a selection of pastel gliders.

While there I also purchased a selection of sketching pencils  and graphite pencils and charcoal in pencil form and slabs.  And a calligraphy pen.

It all arrived on my doorstep yesterday and I was ready to rock and roll!

And I’m on a high because this latest page in my journal has been a delight to do.  I wasn’t glaring at her-in-the-video or muttering under my breath – I was smiling delightedly and clapping my hands and saying ‘Whoo-hoo’ to Orlando, who thought it was an invitation to dance …. but I rushed into the playroom and quickly completed the first days work:

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I lay down some old book pages, put a good wash of gesso over the pages and edged with that gorgeous Hansa Yellow – one of my new paints.  I sketched the face and went to watch the next installment.

You may remember I said in my last post I wasn’t going to muck about with just 10 minutes journalling time every day – I’m going to work for as long as I want.  So I watched the next two days videos and went back to work:

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She arrived quite quickly on the page – but when I stood back and looked I noticed the nose was – well – misplaced ….. [Did you spot it?]

In adjusting it I mucked everything up – not only because of the nose placement, but also because I have all these new toys and tried to put ’em all onto the same page at once ….. sigh!  I never learn!

Any way, I was so engrossed in my artistic conundrum that I never gave the camera a thought until today – and as you can see, flowers hide a multitude of sins and I’m delighted with the end result!

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There’s tons of texture on the page and of course I doodled – but not as much as in the last post:

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And those purple flowers were fussy cut from a sheet of designer paper and they are flocked, so quite pleasing to the touch.

A quick aside:  I’d had that sheet of paper in my stash for some years – it was one of those things that was just to beautiful to actually use – I thought it would probably stay there forever.  So another thing I take away from this course is the ability to actually dive in and use the stuff I squirrel away … hah!  Ten points to Julie!!

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Thanks for sticking with me on this process – I have one more spread to do before things go back to normal – what ever that is – I hope you will come back for it.

Hope your weekend is going as splendidly as mine 🙂