Falcon Travelers

Dutch Design Leather, Est 2013

So I have a new assignment for my creative therapy, which is to just draw what makes me happy and not analyse what I’m drawing. I find this to be very difficult. How do you shut down the part of your brain that thinks about what you are doing and just do…? So I thought I could at least go for the part where I just draw and paint what makes me happy.

Years and years ago, I made a drawing of a picture that was taken of me when I was 24. I love that picture and what it represents. I also loved the drawing. So much so, that I was afraid to paint over it, as was the initial plan. Somehow some coffee got spilled over it and I put it away. Never looked at it since. Now I decided I would make a copy of it and just for fun, play with it in my art journal. So I did.

I even remembered to take some pictures of building the page along the way.

I first built a base layer of red, purple and black. Added some dictionary paper (as I have loads of that) and washi tape.

I then added some dark brown and a lighter brown color.

The excess paint gives a nice start on backgrounds in other journals.

Added some white with some white fabric paint. A real old pot from back in the day when I used to paint T-shirts. After which I stamped with my favorite text stamp and a floral stamp in black, randomly around the page.

Sealed and glued down the copy of the drawing. Considerably smaller than the original. Which is, I believe, A3 format, but might be bigger and on water colour paper.

The original Drawing. I think it says I drew it in 2008…

And the photo the drawing was made from, not the best quality I’m sorry to say. It was an enlargement of a scan from a tiny photo taken a loooonnnggg time ago.

These are the colours I decided on using, but with it only being a tiny picture, I’ve got way to much…ah well.

And here’s the result. It’s not perfect and I may go back in later to adjust something here and there. Maybe add an arm to the left, but for now I feel I should leave it alone.

Now I shouldn’t analyse, but I think by doing this I feel a little closer to actualy painting over the real drawing. But maybe not just now….. I might practice a little more.

I like how it turned out, it’s cute, it’s happy. I’m happy with it. I might even enter it in some challenges, when I can find some with the right prompt. I must confess, I am terrible at remembering them after I first see them. I always think to myself I should remember this one, so I can do something with the prompt and then “promptly” forget where I saw it…

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Thank you for watching and have a wonderful day.

13 thoughts on “New beginnings

  1. LOVE your progress! Great spread!


  2. Valerie-Jael says:

    It has turned out really fantastic! Valerie


  3. Jeannette says:

    Love your Progress, love your spread,its fantastic!!!

    Hugs Jeannette


  4. Claire says:

    Wow this is a stunning project, gorgeous background and your drawing is stunning, even better with the paint 🙂
    thanks for joining us at FSC this time
    Claire xx


  5. Such a fabulous project, great painting. Thanks for sharing with us at FSC.


  6. Meggymay says:

    Fantastic page, loved seeing the stages of its progress. Thank you for sharing it with us at FSC this time. Yvonne/Meggymay


  7. Esther says:

    amazing journal page – stunning painting ! Glad you remembered where our challenge was and thank you for sharing at FSC – Esther xx


  8. Sarah says:

    Great painty pages and lots of expression. Thanks for sharing with Simon Says Stamp & Show. Sarah.


  9. Monique says:

    Thank you all for your kind comments!


  10. Mrs.B says:

    Hi Monique, What a fabulous page, full of lovely rich colours.
    Love the step by step progress pics.
    Thanks for joining in at FSC
    Avril xx


  11. Gorgeous project, thanks for sharing all the pictures at Craft-Room “So Sentimental” Challenge, good luck and welcome again;-))m


  12. Debi says:

    Great job- just tell that fear Gremlin to shut up and let you paint!!! thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x


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