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Well, today was a productive day in the Art Journal.  I accomplished more than I thought I would, and I actually took a step toward being a little more spontaneous.

First, I finished gluing the pieces on the first page.  This is the end result…

I had a little problem with the glitter glue I used for the lettering around my poem.  It came out too thick and I was really worried that it wouldn’t turn out, but when it dried, it flattened out and I was able to go back over it with a marker to put in the lettering.

It’s not the exact effect I was looking for, but it will have to do.  After completing this page and convincing Leah that it was okay to use her picture on the page (she has this fear of someone “filming” her, probably as a result of talks at school about strangers), I took a break.  After which, I pulled out my materials to start the second page… paints, paintbrushes, a cherry blossom solid brass template, a postcard, and a marker.

I started out by using a sponge brush with light blue and white paint for the background.

I thought it turned out very well, and I was very pleased with myself that I quit painting the background when I thought I had achieved a result I was looking for.

Next, I used pink and green paints with the cherry blossom template and randomly placed the flowers on the page.  The first blossoms I painted in white, and they didn’t really turn out, so then I changed to pink.  I then used green and brown paint to draw tree branches.

In the final step, I added the postcard and listed some of my favorite things about Georgia.


The owner of the art journal commented that she would be giving the art journal to her 6 year old and 3 year old boys, so I tried to include information that they might be interested in…  such as Six Flags, UGA Bulldogs, home of Little Richard, Ocmulgee Indian Mounds, Stone Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia Peaches, and of course, the postcard is from the Museum of Aviation.

I’m very pleased with the result and I hope the owner and her boys will be too.  I had originally considered doing a third page, but I am kinda wiped out at the moment.  I still have two more weeks before I have to mail it to the next person, so maybe an idea will come to me before then.  Plus, I need to concentrate on some of my letter writing.  My letter writing penpals probably think that I have abandoned them.

Until next time,

 

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