fish in a stream

{ art journal July 9 + 10 }
As I started my first full spread in this new art journal I had an idea in mind that I wanted to try some of the images in a new collection Mary Green is offering. The images you see in my journal spread are from a huge collection of downloadable images. Go to Green Paper packages and chose: Baby's Bouquet Children's Music Book Images to see them all. This is where the images I added to my journal are from! You can see the two I chose below. Click for more detail. I think they are so beautiful and so interesting!
I added color to the page with Dye-na-Flow . . .
 it is nice have watercolor paper to work on directly if I wish.
I sprayed a bit of Perfect Pearls Mist on the page to start . . .
Then I added more of the PP mist (you can see the sheen a bit here) and some various bits of abalone shells I had gathered earlier that day. I used E6000-Goop Glue to attach them; it is very heavy duty glue and good for things like this.
The sheen on the page mimics the sheen on the shells, I like that. It was probably what motivated me to combine using the perfect pearls mist & the shells.
All of this artwork was done on the 9th of July.
On the 10th, I added some rubber stamping with StazOn black permanent ink of fish! I stamped 2 different fish, one multiple times, traveling in 2 different directions across the page spread. Both images are from Fred Mullet. I have had them a long time, but I think they are still available, his website still looks good. Yes! I found some of his fish and if you like them, a direct link is here.
Stamping the fish made me think about words and what would work well with this spread. I came up with, "Just like fish in a stream . . . trying to make our way." This worked for me, so I practiced on scrap paper, then tried to plan the word placement with my eye just a bit, and then I jumped in and wrote directly on the page.

Another day with some art made -that's a good day in my book. 

I love that this journal can lie flat, I love the sturdy watercolor paper, but I do not love the separation in the middle!!! I am going to continue in here though and give it a good try. It's okay, but I like the feeling of a connected spread better, one with no wire binding rings separating the 2 pages. I will either try to make them connect more like I did here with the words running across both pages or perhaps I will do a series of single pages?? We shall see. 

Question? What is your favorite art journal and what kind of work do you do inside it? Collage? Sketch? Paint? design ideas? mixed media? I would love to know. Art journaling is a new thing for me. My first foray was the Sketchbook Project 2011 - and Art Journal Every Day starting May 1st, was and is only my second!  

happy and creative day, lenna