This week, I've been distracted by two new project ideas: a little owl with a heart shaped face (see above for doodles of the idea) and using the acrylic house paint image transfer technique to make an articulated mermaid doll (no doodle scan available, I leave it up to your imagination). I think both these are good ideas, a bit cute for cute's sake, but using techniques I'm interested in experimenting with and stuff I already have. But, though the making of the things seems straight forward, the designing stage for both would take a lot of effort, and I have to admit that I'm just not up for that right now. So, I'll store these ideas away for later, and instead concentrate on the art journal for the time being.
I've also discovered papel picado this week, while browsing Spoonflower (a great way to relax). Though I'd love to try it, it's not the same thing as the other ideas. Are there any papel picado classes in the Manchester area?
I've felt like I've had to force myself to spend time on the journal. The page on the right hasn't been coming together well. It didn't have a coloured background, and though I thought I'd just give it a go, I'm thinking now that it does need it. The pile of images also had me spending ages looking at different arrangements and rearrangements. I've settled on one and I'm happy enough with it. I had been planning to do a pink background, but when I looked at the scan of the pages, the blues in the images seem to link the pages together, so I'm thinking now that I'll use some sea/sky blue colour. This could be influenced by the office block I work at having its stairwell painted in those colours this week.