So I have my art journal out on the table whenever I'm painting, so I can use the excess paint and clean my brush a bit.
Today I've been working on a new piece (A4 size) to go in one of the frames on my stair wall and this page in the journal is the mop up of that piece.
It feels good to use the journal and use up some of the "extras" like the water colour paper and the second ATC.I cut and made just in case I didnt like the first one!
The background is is various PaperArtsy chalk finish blues with some stencilling and stamping with blue shades of Archival Inks. Walnut Stain Distress Ink added and spritzed with water to give the water marks.
The ATC was made from a scrap of blue card, some book paper with Inky Pool as a first layer and then Blue Ice and Inky Pool as a top layer. A crackle stamp from Blu Indigo in Watering Can Archival and then the PaperArtsy fish stamp embossed in black. Distressed the edges and then two layers of clear embossing to get the glass effect. When it was cold, I created the cracks by bending the card.
This was stapled to the watercolour paper and before I stuck it down I used a water soluble and ordinary brown pencil to scribble the square.
I think I'm going to enjoy using this journal in this way, quite quick using up scraps as I create bigger pieces. Still not sure whether I'm ready to write personal stuff in it yet though!