Remember these pages? They’re in my Donna Downey canvas journal. I did the background some time ago using Pan Pastels. It sat for a while as I’ve been collecting embellishments and frankly, doing a lot of other things. I’m much better at making backgrounds than finishing spreads. The tea bag envelopes are part of my collection from our Minnesota trip. I love the colors and matte texture of the Stash envelopes almost as we’ll as the tea!
I’m back from two weeks in Minnesota and Iowa. Almost every summer when I was a kid, we would go ‘Up North’ from our farm in Iowa to a lake in Minnesota (or Canada) for a week of fishing and fun with my mom’s sister’s family and sometimes our grandparents and other family. We looked forward to it all year long. I haven’t been back for a fishing trip for several years, so it was great to get to spend 10 days on Wasson Lake, throwing bait around, eating and laughing. I took a Moleskine watercolor book that I had done some backgrounds in before I left. I usually don’t do much artwork on vacation. I have great intentions for making art that rarely materialize. This year was no exception. I seemed to slide almost immediately into a state of ennui brought on by oxygen-saturated September breezes and no vacation for four years.
I did manage to cut out a picture of some Northern pikes from the Minnesota fishing guide and do a little doodling on one spread. I took a lot of pictures, though, and amassed a large collection of STASH tea bag envelopes for future pages. I especially like this background. I sprayed Dylusions dyes over wet pages and the pooled dyes give the impression of the map of a coastline. Did a little gesso stenciling, too.
I should probably be packing, or cleaning, or finishing some work, but instead I’m finishing a spread with a background I particularly like. It started with a paint wash over masking tape, then a darker paint wash around the edges, spray through stencils and some ‘drippage’, gesso through another stencil…I think that’s it. I rarely write these things down as I go, which is a pity considering my wretched memory. That sat for a while until I printed out the hand image and then it reminded me of juggling all the things I’m juggling right now and the rest came rolling right along. I need more practice with the India ink drippage. It’s a fantastic day here so I may do a bit more journaling out on the porch. It’s feeling distinctly like summer is over…