…that’s not always happy.
I’ve noticed that a lot of scrapbooking, art journaling, mixed media in general tend to have a positive, celebratory vibe. And I’m not complaining, but my art journal spread this week really evolved from the way it started, as in, not at all. I also got inspired by the Gauche Alchemy August Moodboard. I know a little about Frida Kahlo, but I’ll admit I was inspired by the colors.
“I don’t want to be afraid”
I recently saw a YouTube video that showed a way to use up cardstock/patterned paper you don’t like anymore. So I tried it. In this case, it was patterned paper that I never really loved in the first place, but it came in a paper pack, so there you go. I ended up using this scraps of patterned paper to cover the base, but then did my gessoing (is that a word?, meh). Then I did a base of lemon yellow and vermillion (orange). I intended it to be more mixed together, but it worked out in the end. Like I said, even with the moodboard, I had trouble.
I was also working on other projects and added the leftover paint to my spread using stencils and masks (the silhouette is my own – made with clear packing tape and a department store model cutout). I also used Dylusions Jade through an alphabet stencil before that.
I was thinking about my struggle with postpartum anxiety/OCD and other personal issues intertwined with that. The black paint around the silhouette seems like the emotions vibrating/radiating from the figure. The small words are an alpha stamp set, while I doodled in some spots with my black Sharpie. I wrote the word “afraid” with black paint, then used my white-out pen to bring attention to the word.
Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!