Friday, January 30, 2015

Spiral Journaling

I'm having an odd few weeks. Mondays and Tuesdays have been dark and dreary weather wise. All I've wanted to do go home after work is read and sleep. The studio didn't call me at all. This is very strange for me. Wednesday was sunny and I was back in the studio. I'm beginning to think I might have a touch of the Winter Blues... I'm hoping for more sunny days because I don't like this up and down with my moods and energy levels.

I prepared the background of this page by using a thin coat of gesso on the page.  After that dried I went back with a Mr. Huey stencil and a heavy gesso and stenciled haphazardly.  I added a layer of Artist Loft light violet acrylic paint that was thinned with water. I used a baby wipe to spread the paint and then another clean one to wipe the paint off the gesso. I love how the gesso resists the paint.

The DLP- The Journal challenges: for this week were Art Challenge: WritingJournal Prompt: Words with Friends.  I realized I have several groups of friends: some at work, art friends, school friends I've reconnected with after years of no contact, to name a few and some really close friends who know all my secrets.  

Spirals were calling to me so I drew some with a pencil on a piece of copy paper.  Next I wrote a few sentences on the spirals to remind of of things about my different groups of friends and I talk about. I wanted to use more but I ran out of space on my copy paper.  I used a sharpie to write with so it was easy to erase the lines. After I cut out the spirals using my deckle scissors I used a wash of orange craft paint and water to color the spiral words.

I also drew some smaller spirals for the background and I colored those using craft paint on my tag size Gelli Plate. It makes a great mini palette.  I added a few lines using gesso and a credit card that I drug side ways.  I also used Archival Ink and a Hero Arts stamp to put a bit of lettering in the background.

Link to:  Paint Party Friday, DLP, Art Journal Everyday, Gelli Print Party


  1. Lovely page with lots of movement and colour. Valerie

  2. Pretty swirls. I love the colors!


  3. Love the movements in this piece.:))

  4. Your swirly spirals are bright and colorful. Lots of action.

  5. This is fabulous Boo and I'm glad you were able to get into your studio to create it.
    It's awful when the pull to create is missing isn't it. I too think the Winter blues affect me too. All I want to do on grey days is sleep. Hopefully Spring will not be late arriving for either of us ((hugs))

  6. Oh I hope the winter blues dissipate soon. Lovely swirls and a very nice way to honour your friends!

    Hugs Giggles