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One Quick Fix For An Art Journal Page You Hate

You spend your precious time cozying up with your art journal and all your fun supplies.

Somehow, the colors didn't work, or you just your mojo took off early for the day, You have tried covering it up, stamping over it, but you still don't like your page.


I know- believe me, I have been there. I too, have found myself staring at a journal page thinking, "What on earth happened to this?"


The first thing you want to naturally do is rip out the page and toss it in the trash. This is definitely an option.



But....wait a second. What happens if you haul out your trusty paper punch?

Hmmmmm....

Take that paper punch in whatever shape you have and start punching out shapes of the page you just ripped out of your journal. Huh. How about that? It's almost like magic-the mess of a page now has a really fun, cool look to it when it's all cut up into circles or bunting or cute, scalloped edged squares!

Now, you have a whole new piece of art to work with!





You know me and circles.....I love the shape. I had a piece of Yupo paper that I tried something for Valentine's Day with alcohol ink. Yupo paper is not the most inexpensive paper, so I didn't want to just throw it away. Out came the paper punch and violà, beautiful new artwork to play with!!!







I took some Matt Medium from Liquitex and adhered the circles onto a page I wasn't very thrilled with. The colors looked too muddy to me. After putting the circles down, I found I was not excited about the page yet, so out came the paint. Nothing like painting yellow circles around red circles, am I right???

Maybe carry that yellow mixed with a little white onto the outside edges of the paper. Oh, uh huh. Much better. Not so muddy any more!





Now.....what does this remind me of? The colors make me happy. They are bright...I like circles....what happens if I do a Google search for quotes on happy colors?


I find a few that are intriguing:


“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” ~Marcus Aurelius

“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” ~Wassily Kandinsky

“I prefer living in color.” ~David Hockney

This one particularly stood out to me:

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe


Then there are quotes for circles. WHO KNEW??


"Most things look better when you put them in a circle."

Well, yeah.

Then this one:

"We can't return we can only look Behind from where we came And go round and round and round In the circle game." Joni Mitchell


Which quote would you choose?


Here is what I ended up with




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Blessings,

Lynn
















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Lynn Richards Art

Summit House Art Studio
Redlands, California