After tearing out a page I gave it a wash of Snowflake paint by PaperArtsy and then worked over this with Inktense pencils to create shading on the face and a little 'found poetry' on my book text. I outlined the profile with a brush type black marker by Pitt Pens and a added some doodled curls with a fine, black Pilot pen.
I wanted to surround my profile portrait with butterflies, but not ones that looked too naturalistic. I stamped Darcy Wilkinson's lovely heart flower onto my book text with Black Archival ink and then cut out the heart-shaped petals, shading them with a blue inktense pencil. These were to embellish the portrait only and not to form part of the face, as Kim's rule is that we use our own art work only and no stencils or stamps on our faces.
For my background, I blended different PaperArtsy blues: Antarctic, Lake Wanaka, Smurf, China and Inky Pool. I stencilled with Sage, adding some 'Stencil Girl' birds and branches, brayered with Buff and Snowflake. I then dipped a lid into different puddles of colour to create bubble-like circles. The leaves are from a Darcy Wilkinson PaperArtsy Eclectica set and I stamped them in Guacamole, in places over my book text profile so that she was blended into the journal page.
Here is one final close-up so that the found poetry is a bit more visible. This is my first attempt at this technique and I should definitely like to try it some more, This is really more of a Haiku than a conventional poem:
Imitation jewels of glass or paste,
Another mystery lady in my portrait gallery: who is she waiting for in her enchanted garden surrounded by birds and butterflies?
Thank You so much for dropping by today. I do hope, if you're not doing so already, you'll play around with creating some portraits of your own in the coming week. I've really enjoyed using the pages of my journal to do this. Have a wonderful, creative weekend everyone!
She is waiting for the one to help make her dreams come true!ReplyDelete
She really is beautiful Julie Ann! This was so inspiring, I will go over and check on Kim's challenge!
Happy weekend dear friend! xoxo
Beautiful! Love all those dreamy blues. LxReplyDelete
How brilliant is your portrait Julie Ann, i do enjoy your faces, they are so full of character. I think she is a Fairy waiting to share her magic with anyone who finds her. I like your hair doodles to add the wisps,adds so much depth.ReplyDelete
I like your found poetry very much. don't forget to also add this to the Paper Artsy Words challenge it is perfect for them too :-) xxx
like all the blackReplyDelete
fantastic painting/page and the found poetry is wonderful too!ReplyDelete
So very gorgeous, love everything about it!ReplyDelete
Sorry Julie Ann I meant to leave a comment before about your faces and how wonderful they are. They have a fey quality to them and are very expressive,beautifully drawn :)ReplyDelete
Have a lovely weekend
This is truly beautiful Julie Ann!!ReplyDelete
Beautiful, all your elements work so well Julie Ann, I love the way you have picked out the words for the Haiku from the substrate as if they are tumbling out of her head, wonderful poem. I love the way you have connected her to the page as a whole, the flow is beautiful.ReplyDelete
Please feel free to use stencils or stamping with your faces, my only rule is that the face is your own artwork and doesn't use a commercially bought face building stencil or stamps as that is someone else's artwork. Making your own face-building stencils or stamps or using non-face making stencils or stamps to decorate the face is fine. Hope that makes sense? But really I don't want to be too strict as I don't want to stifle anyone's creative flow :)
I'm enjoying seeing your artwork as much as you are enjoying joining in each week at Art It Friday - Show Your Face :). It is a real joy to see and I'm so glad you are loving it! Thanks for the shout out :) Have a fun week. Kx
Your face is really beautiful Julie! Have a great weekend, ValerieReplyDelete
A beautiful profile, Julie Ann - and wonderful butterflies in flight around her. I love how you've created the warm area behind her - and needless to say I am blown away by your found haiku. I need to up the quality of the books I'm working in - the pages I'm still using up from my candle niche at PaperArtsy are from some hopelessly awful fiction - you'd be hard-pushed to come up with anything remotely interesting, let alone poetic, from the words on the page.ReplyDelete
Beautiful inspiring creativity as always.
Great face Julie Ann, you've done a fab job of creating her in profile and love they way you created the butterflies out of Darcy's flower stamp :)ReplyDelete
Oh Wow Julie Anne your girl is beautiful. I love how the poem has made its self known and together they make a beautiful piece of art that is full interest. Love it xxReplyDelete
I love reading your step-by-step on how you created this page. Wonderful portrait and composition.ReplyDelete
Your portrait and journal page are lovely. Great description of your process. I've tried the found poetry and they can be a challenge - great job!ReplyDelete
This is so beautiful Julie Ann! I love your found poetry, and those pretty heart butterflies.ReplyDelete
I love her Julie Ann... I think she's waiting on her gypsy man to arrive and whisk her away xxxxReplyDelete
you've made another fascinating face Julie! just lovely. xoReplyDelete
Very beautiful profile, Julie Ann. So clever use of the words to create the poem.ReplyDelete
Love and hugs
Love the character in this wonderful face and the beautiful background! Good job...very pretty work!ReplyDelete
That is wonderful.ReplyDelete
I love the idea of drawing the face on book paper for your art journal entry!ReplyDelete
This is really beautiful Julie Ann, on it's own the face is gorgeous, but your background and embellishments make it even more so without detracting from it. Love it! xxReplyDelete
Wow! How come I missed this - having no internet connection sometimes is a 'so and so' This is the most amazing page! Your face is as ever so beautiful! That background, the butterflies and your found haiku are fabulous! Hugs, ChrisxReplyDelete