It's YEARS since I drew anything, but when my crafty pal Debbie sent me a link for this fantastic tutorial the other day I decided I had to give it a go. I don't have any gelato's so I used pencils for my journal page. I would dearly love to do more journalling but I do struggle a bit with it because it's so freestyle and I'm used to footling about with my colouring and agonising over my placement etc etc etc. I am NO QUITTER, however, so I'm determined to conquer it.
Debbie herself is a great journaller and I really enjoy the way she expresses herself on paper. A few of her pages recently have really caught my imagination and brought home what journalling is really about.
So, here is my journalling fairy. I allowed myself ONE look at the YouTube video and then no more, because I wanted her to be my MY fairy and not a copy of somebody else's. I want to believe I can get to grips with journalling so that was my prompt and I put it in lovely big sparkly (optimistic) letters - BELIEVE! Believe you can and you will.... Maybe!? Still working on the believing bit then :oD
Okay, so let's not talk her about the hair.... oh dear...! Hair is hard...! More work needed on the hair. I've put that on my list.. Good long swishy pencil strokes though. Definitely progress there.
As is my way, I threw myself in at the deep end and I worked straight
on the paper in my journal. I put my paints well out of the way too. NO
painting over things, no altering things, no rubbing out, no measuring,
no stressing... Just draw, colour, let go... (and there, I think, is my
prompt for my next page)
I do love the texture and the sparkle though.... Loving the Dina Wakley daisy stencil too. I just KNEW that was a MUST HAVE item
It's not perfect; I know that. I think that might be kind of the point though. (I'm actually fighting the urge to give you a LONG list of what's wrong with it here....just so YOU know I know, if you see what I mean. Oh so critical! (Taking deep breaths and contemplating a small brandy now as I realise I've got to press the "publish" button in a minute (she said, blinking furiously and wondering if there's a brown paper bag handy, to breath into....))
I tried to work using lots of loose lines (which is why she's got lots of extra long eyelashes - I got carried away with my flicking :oD. I'm getting used to the fact it's MY journal and I can do whatever I want with it, so I'd say that's a lesson most definitely LEARNED. I don't have to believe in anyone or anything else. I just have to believe in ME. Keep you posted on that one ;oD