It's Worth Repeating

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February 14 - Week 8
Art Challenge:  Repeating Elements
Journal Prompt:  It's Worth Repeating

I love repeating elements on a page - especially in art journaling and creating backgrounds.  I had a bit of a challenge this week as I was traveling.  I had an idea of what I wanted to make so I did a little pre-prep before I left home.  I knew I wanted to use a carved stamp, so I sketched a little head the size of a Moo Carve block I had on hand - 4 inch by 3.5 inches.  Once I was happy with just a little bald profile, I put it in my photocopier and enlarged it several times.  Then I threw everything in a bag and hopped on a plane to visit my daughter in Grad School.

My trip to Mississippi started with a 2-day ice storm, but at least I managed a few beautiful pictures when I was able to get outside.  The pictures don't show it, but it looked like someone had sprayed the entire town with Silver Glitter!  Luscious!

It was freezing cold, but so beautiful!  Anyway, back to the challenge!  Since we were pretty much confined indoors, we were able to cuddle up, watch movies and spend some time doing art {or at least I did while she studied}.  Forgive the poor quality of the photos as I was in a hotel room with sad, sad lighting.

I wasn't quite sure where I was going with the prompt this week, but I knew I wanted to use the profile image.  I cut out the large head and created a mask.  I held it down on one side of the spread and used my new Schmincke watercolors and my DaVinci travel watercolor brush to spread very wet color randomly over the page.  I am trying to force myself to leave white space in my work, so I purposely left the edges unpainted.

When I looked at this image, the page came together in my head.  I used graphite paper to transfer the image to the Moo Carve block and then began to carve away with my Speedball Linoleum Carving set.

I stamped the images all over the page using a Dove Grey Staz On ink pad, facing the larger face.  Then I began roughing in the larger head with a charcoal pencil.

I filled in a few of the heads with a prismacolor pencil to make them stand out, then deciding they were too bright, rubbed white gouache all around them to tone down the color a bit...

I used alternating black and white uniball pens to journal inside the smaller heads - I wrote things that were important to me - like little voices in my head repeating things I needed to listen to - things that were worth repeating!

I'm excited to see how you all approach the challenge this week - I am blown away by the creativity in our group - you are all amazing! XOXO


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