It’s time for a project from another Inspiration Station challenge, where my sister and I select a theme, and each of us creates something inspired by the theme. It was my sister’s turn to pick the inspiration this month, and she made a mood board for us from the pictures that inspired her.
We also created a logo for our challenge because, why not? (And because we were bored one day.) 😉 We used a project from each of us for the sections.
For this month’s Inspiration Station, it was the content that interested me more than the colors – circles, patterns and flowers – and I intended to make an art journal page with them. For the longest time, I kept thinking of a design with patterns along the left half of the page, and some poppies on the right half. But the design just felt off, and I kept postponing my project. In the end, I thought I’ll just create some gel prints first, and see where it takes me. I ended up going with the flow, and this is what came out of it –
I already this teal-hued scrap page from my earlier gel printing attempts. I made gel prints along the left and top edges, and at the bottom-left edge. I then added some strokes of pink paint over it. The background appeared too heavy for the poppies, so I added a thin layer of white over it. The design looked good by itself, but the more I worked with it, the more I felt like poppies wouldn’t fit in well with it. Time for me to abandon my plans. 🙂
So I used the circles from the picture as inspiration, and picked up a Spirograph to make a design that would be the base of a mandala-like doodle on one side. As I doodled, I found that the doodling was overpowering the gel-print background, so I started working on the background too, bringing in elements that stuck with me from the inspiration picture. I probably could continue doodling and keep adding more, but I felt this was a point where I could stop so I can still see something of the gel print background.
I found that I like the diagonal placement of the finished content better, so that’s how I’ll store the page. And I’ll incorporate poppies in an art journal page someday. I didn’t watch a bunch of poppy-painting videos on youtube just to drop the idea. 🙂
As for my sister’s project for the challenge – check out her magnificent pen holder! I’d love to have it on my table, actually, but she’s already called dibs on it, so I guess she’ll have to make one for me someday…