Do you ever create a journaling background on which you do not/cannot journal?
I’ve been back and forth about what type of surface is good for journaling. Theoretically, one might journal on anything. Ooh – what about a car?!
(As reported in The Guardian)
But I digress.
I’ve journaled in wire-bound books, in moleskines ™, in grunge journals made of scrap corrugated cardboard, in books composed of handmade paper, and, more often, on individual large sheets of watercolor paper. In 2011, I worked over numerous watercolor backgrounds (spiral bound), sometimes with gesso (white and black), many times without. This year, I’ve covered many a watercolor paper surface with acrylic paint (in addition to artists’ paint tubes, I have fun with the sample jars of house paint)–
– scraped with an old plastic card. Many a teacher advises making several backgrounds ahead of time so that they may be at the ready for the arrival of one’s Muse.
Here are some:
A sage-olive green background.
A Fauvist palette.
Fourth of July-ish.
Can you see a parrot in this?
If I love the background, I don’t want to cover it up with collage, or mar the painted image with lots of writing. Yes, I’m a lots-of-writing girl, not an inspirational word, phrase, or one-sentence-per-spread girl. Maybe the “background” is really a painting. Should I honor a background as a painting? Maybe creating a background too far in advance is not productive. Maybe the answer is to create so very many backgrounds that there will always be something that will be appealing.
For a recent page that I began on indecision, I ignored my stash and scraped acrylics anew – dark blues, some black mixed in (not obvious in the final work), white rubbed in, and a touch of sage. It’s dark enough that only white ink or metallic markers show up when I write. When it’s further along, I’ll upload.
Do you create lots of backgrounds in advance? If you are working in a journal (rather than loose pages) and creating backgrounds in advance, do you journal chronologically – taking whatever background appears that day? Or do you choose a background based on your theme/message you are creating? Do you ever create a background upon which you cannot bear to journal? What do you do?