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Vintage Page Designs: Watercolor Journal Pages & WOYWW

April 4, 2012

Watercolor Journal Pages & WOYWW

I don't seem to have had much time to create anything lately because life's just been too hectic.  But on Sunday, I did crack open some watercolors and of course, they're still on my work table on Wednesday, so I can share them with you for WOYWW148.

I was fooling around with different color combos and recording them in my journal.  And while I had all these puddles of paint on the palette, I created some patchwork watercolor panels.  Not sure what I plan to do with them - make another journals more than likely and write on them.

I like giving journal pages a watercolor wash as a starting point.  Here's a page I created with a yellow watercolor wash as the base.  I included a piece of dictionary page in the center of the page and gessoed over it.  I hand wrote a favorite poem by Wendell Berry and some stamped words from the poem at the top and bottom.  I finished it by highlighting the edges with a watercolor crayons (the blue and green).

I know my handwriting is horrible, so I've included the poem below.  Enjoy!

I Go Among Things and Sit Still - Wendall Berry

I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
around me like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places
where I left them, asleep like cattle.

Then what is afraid of me comes
and lives a while in my sight.
What it fears in me leaves me,
and the fear of me leaves it.
It sings, and I hear its song.

Then what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it,
and the fear of it leaves me.
It sings, and I hear its song.

After days of labor,
mute in my consternations,
I hear my song at last,
and I sing it. As we sing,
the day turns, the trees move.

I hope you're having a creative week!


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At April 4, 2012 at 8:05 AM , Blogger Mary Ann Potter said...

Delightful, Ali. I love playing with colors, too and there's something so cool about these journal pages with your samples. I love those paint sample cards you get at the hardware store and Home Depot. The portfolio-sized brochures are great for making inchies, and the larger cards have unlimited possibilities as substrates (ATCs especially) and little booklets. I even love the color names! As always, you've given me some ideas for creative pursuits for today!

At April 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM , Blogger Rita said...

Lovely workdesk Ali. I love the verse you have added too. Have a nice Easter. Hugs Rita xx

At April 4, 2012 at 3:13 PM , Blogger PetraB said...

Wonderful paintwork, you journal page is so delightful.

At April 4, 2012 at 3:34 PM , Blogger trisha too said...

Such beautiful colors, Ali, and lovely journal pages!

Happy Easter to you,

At April 4, 2012 at 6:39 PM , Blogger Miriam said...

Fabulous journal pages.


At April 4, 2012 at 10:20 PM , Blogger 505whimsygirl said...

Hi Ali,
Your handwriting is not horrible, it's very nice and artistic! Sometimes I wish my handwriting was smaller. In school I wrote so tiny that my teacher made me write extra large -- and it still is that way today. I have to concentrate to write smaller.

I did my first art journal page this weekend. I did it a bit backwards though. I will have to remember about doing the watercolor wash first. That would have worked very well.

I'm not participating this week but wanted to see what you've been up to.


At April 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM , Blogger Maria Ontiveros said...

Very cool - I'm really enjoying watercolors these days.

At April 5, 2012 at 3:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always love Patchwork style projects, lovely poem and journal page!
Claire #85

At April 5, 2012 at 3:40 AM , Blogger Julia Dunnit said...

Lovely Ali, the light on your desk, the way you created loveliness from leftovers, the organisation of the colour books and that fab journal page. And who told you that your handwriting was horrid? It's not, at all!

At April 5, 2012 at 8:48 AM , Blogger ...the yorkshire fox... said...

...a gorgeous zesty burst of colour jumps right out from your desk...your journal is coming along too...loVely work...Mel :)
Ive just peeked back through your blog and your cards are just loVely I'm going to follow you so I don't miss anything you creat... :)

At April 5, 2012 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Danielle said...

Sometimes it is so fun just to play with stuff. I like the color you used. The orange, green, and yellows are so citrusy. Nice poem. dani133

At April 5, 2012 at 2:45 PM , Blogger Marjie Kemper said...

This is beautiful, Ali. Love the soft effect from the watercolors and then the bright pops around the edges. What a moving poem, too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

At April 8, 2012 at 11:48 AM , Blogger SophieNewton said...

Sorry I'm a bit late this week! Fabulous artwork what a stunning journal, happy easter x
Sophie no.72

At April 8, 2012 at 4:20 PM , Blogger Cheri said...

What a lovely poem, Ali and I love, love, love your page.

At April 11, 2012 at 2:19 PM , Blogger Carol said...

Thank you so much for choosing my little blog Creative Miscellany as one of your Friday Favourites!! I am both honoured and flattered that you should love my altered beermat so. I have spent a good few hours looking at you blog and all the wonderful creations you have they are all fab and you are so creative. Love the inspiration it gives me. have joined as a follower so I can keep updated with everything and also have you on my feeds!! Don't want to miss anything. Thank you so much again, I can't believe some one in America has seen my blog!!!. Best wishes and kind thoughts Carol Tadden


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