Saturday, August 1, 2015

Inspiration - Go Organic - Week #31 Artful Journey

I have a knack for finding 4 leaf clovers, the family on my Dads' side say that I get it from my Granny, she would find them all the time and had them stashed in most of her books. I find 4-clover all the time too, but usually when I am not looking for them, I actually found these in my Dads' yard when I was looking out the truck window as we were leaving to go fishing one morning! With the day of fishing we had I should have picked them before we left!

Living in Arizona in the summer I don't come across patches of clover. So I took mental note of where they were in the yard and picked them when we got home after a successful day of casting practice.

After I picked these two I actually found two more not far away and I put them in my art journal for safe keeping until I found a use for them. I thought this prompt was going to be where I actually got to use a few!
 But nope... I ended up having so much fun using basically every medium and fixing my klutzy mistake that the clovers just did not look right when I tried to find a way to place them! So they ended up being the inspiration instead of the focal point.

For this prompt I used my large Dylusions Journal, I coated the page in gesso then used watercolor to paint the clovers and stems. I ended up deciding they were not bold enough so I added some acrylic paint and Prismacolor pencils.
I then added Golden Gel medium over the clover leaves and flowers to give them a little more texture and make them stand out from the stems a bit. 

I didn't like the background it was just BLAH! So I grabbed a stencil and sprayed Dylusions After Midnight Ink spray through it. I let it sit for a it then used a damp paper towel to smudge it around a bit to add more fun and color and pattern to the background.                                                                                                                        
My Plan was to let it dry then use more gel medium as glue to put my 4 leaf clovers into the page, but, that didn't happen, because I am a klutz! While the gel medium and ink spray were drying I was working on a different piece and I accidentally dropped my bottle of black paint, I didn't realize it but some of it spattered on my page and by the time I noticed it was to dry to remove.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
I didn't want to lose all the work I had already done, a couple expletives did escape my lips, so I figured the worste that could happen is I would have to start over and I grabbed my black Sharpie paint pen and started doodling making the black splatter work for me and the black tangled line background just happened! I love how it makes the clovers pop and gives an almost art deco feel to the page! I love when mistakes go good!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and I apologize for not getting more images while I was working! Go check out the other ladies and how they interpreted this weeks prompt over in the Artful Chicks Blog  and go over and join our Facebook Page Artful Journeys to show us what you made using this prompt and what others are doing too!

Big Hugs and Mushy stuff!


Arty Auntie said...

Shana, your inspiration and final product turned out totally fabulous. Your talents never cease to amaze me! Well done~

Judi Parker said...

I love clover .. Your project turned out so wondered youttangles are superb..thanks for. Sharing your incredible talent

Kathryn said...

Shana, this is so pretty! It has a nice stained glass look to it. I like how you worked through it. :)