Sooner or later, each one of us who travels life's road will encounter brick walls - walls not mortared with cement, but with illness, injury, thwarted plans, or seeming failure. The walls may appear to be impossible obstacles, but they are more likely an opportunity to travel a new road, or to improve our climbing skills. My art journal page features the words of the late Randy Pausch, a science professor at the Carnegie Mellon Institute. While in the late stages of terminal pancreatic cancer, he delivered his final lecture to an audience of four hundred people. His words were published as a book, "The Last Lecture." It focuses on achieving your dreams.
Art Journal 8-4
"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough." -Randy Pausch
I began with a background I created in Photoshop CS5.
While I was sitting at my drawing table, my eye fell on a piece of fabric laying next to my sewing machine. It was perfect! I ironed some Heat 'n Bond to the back of it and cut out a group of flowers.
I tore some checkered pattern paper and adhered it to the bottom of the page with liquid matte medium. Using a warm, dry iron, I pressed the flowers onto my journal page.
After the flowers were in place, I outlined them with a black Sakura Glaze gel pen. I doodled the border with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen and added white dots with a Sakura Souflee white gel pen.
I then added some Zentangle-inspired doodles on the left side of the page.
I washed around the side and top edges with cobalt blue watercolor. I smeared an Adirondack ink pad (butterscotch) across the bottom edge. I added the palette knife and the ice tickets at the bottom. They were free collage elements from Somerset Studio magazine. Before adding the quote, I smeared a thin layer of white gesso over the center section with an old credit card and added a little to the palette knife.
I added the quote last.
I have two more digitally created backgrounds for you to download for personal use only.
Cut them up and rearrange them, tear them, paint and draw all over them, use them to cover a journal or notebook...just have fun!
Until next time,