Just finished reading Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man, and Their Journey Across America by Britt Collins. What a great book. I highly recommend it.
A quote from the book became my next page in my art journal. I took a piece of paper to use for the lettering. I used gray and black watercolors. Then, with a paper towel gently blotted the excess to create texture. Went back over the edges with black watercolor paint to darken them.
Started off with a freshly gesso page. Two weeks ago, I dogeared a picture of a model leaning against a metal column from an El train. Came in handy. I cut out the metal column and then cut that in half to use on both sides. I rushed to glue down the columns and I forgot that I hadn’t painted the page with color. I get sweep up in an idea sometimes. So, the background paint isn’t as gritty as I would have liked because I had to be careful not to get paint on the pictures.
Next up was the lettering which posed a challenge because I could not pencil it first as the watercolor would rub off. So I free handed it after practicing a little. I probably wrote it too small but I still think it works. I used a cat silhouette picture from the internet and there you have it:
I didn’t quote the source which is bothersome for me. It was from Michael.
As I am typing this up, I spied the cheap mesh tape I purchased from Lowe’s to use on this page. Oops, I had an idea in my head by didn’t execute it properly. I like the way it turned out anyway.
Usually what happens is something sparks an idea. From there, I don’t really think too much when I start pulling out the paints. I just want to free flow it and see what it becomes. Looking at the picture now, there is so much more that I could have done to push the envelop. Oh well. I kind of like over-simplified.