While I'm waiting for my mango tea to steep, I thought I'd share with you a page I did this week. Rhododendrons are blooming all over the city, including four shrubs in my yard, and I was inspired to bring some flowers in to paint. I used watercolor just at first. Then later I decided to turn it into a journal page and add more media.
I took artistic license and painted the leaves much more interesting than they actually are in real life. I also added more flourishes and speckles to the flower than exist. I wanted to capture the exhuberance and the spirit of the flower rather than do an technically accurate botanical illustration. This is more how I see the flower, rather than how a camera sees the flower. And that is the beauty of art. We can create a window into how we see the world and capture the ethereal essence of something or someone.
If you do this, be sure to use a waterproof marker to write with so it doesn't smear when you add water media over the top. I added a few washes of watercolor and then some Lyra Aquacolor (a water soluble oil crayon).
Try this! It is really fun to just play with layering media, and mix image with hand writing. Don't worry about what it looks like-just doodle and play with colors and see what happens. Whenever I start to add another media to my page I often think, "Is this going to make it better or will I regret putting it down?" and you just have to risk it. : ) And yes, sometimes I make a terrific mess of it. But I'd rather make some messes and some successes than have the fear keep me from making anything at all. Have fun with it!