journal play

yup! I am still here working on my art journal. I cannot claim to be working in it everyday at the moment, but you know what? That's okay! My journal still pulls me in. I get there every few days at least and when I do work in it, I get such a feeling of calmness. Don't you think that might lure me back again? So I try not to worry if other things take my time up and I don't get there. I figure as long as I wander back at some point, I'm good.

Here's how this spread went . . . I received a Zentangle newsletter where they talked about a new tangle pattern called assunta. I thought I would try it in my journal because I just needed to do something! I cannot say my first try at this was successful, but it didn't matter. Trying that new pattern out in my journal got me drawing and playing and enjoying. I took what I started and went elsewhere with it.

I used a charcoal pencil -added more doodling and then smeared it.
The faint stamp of a bird is a leftover from sending mail art.

 I added transparencies of photos first. 
The one in the bottom corner is an extra from my haiku ATCs.
I used watercolor crayons even though I knew the charcoal would smear a bit.

It did smear a bit but I still liked it. 

I started rummaging in drawers and found some dyed paper toweling.
It was given to me as a hostess gift in a swap -wish I could remember by who!
I ripped bits of it off and used tacky glue to adhere it to the page.

I also added a feather I found that day. I think my friend Donna is super tuned-in to how I work! She wrote a post about making a tag herself and then described how some of her friends might approach it in this post here. Looking at this page and what I have added, I think she knows me well! I also rubber stamped the bird foot prints. The stamp was on my table and matched the feather.

A little sparkle was added with perfect pearls mist.
I did not spray it (too much) I used a paint brush to drip and flick.
See it sparkle below. Click for details; click again if you see a plus sign.

To finish the spread, I added photo images - the sailboat (below) was already in my stash. My parents are sailing the melonseed sailboat my father built by hand. We had a party celebrating all the boats my father has made in 2006, on a lake in CT where we lived. Steven and I called it a BYOB party -Bring Your Own Boat! (made by my dad -he has made about a dozen). Sadly, my dad would not be able to sail this boat today-he is too ill. Unfortunately cancer and chemo have had their effects. But we still talk about his boats with him and Steven and I still take his beautiful boats out here to paddle or sail in Florida.

On this side I added the photo of the bird on a branch that was already printed out waiting to be used -a photo I took that I always liked but I don't think I have ever used in my art yet. It seemed to go with the rest of the page and also be what it needed.

The final spread, below. 
Thanks for looking!