After taking an absolutely terrific workshop recently from Jacqueline Sullivan, I've been trying new things in my journal pages, and I thought I'd share the results with you.
This is the early stages of one of the pages. The first thing we did was to paint the pages with black gesso and let it dry. Then we covered that with a layer of diluted Golden Absorbent Ground, and built up layers on top of that, using Golden acrylic paints and various acrylic inks.
Here is the same page many layers later:
(Honestly, this page is not quite such a shade of baby poop green!)
I can't really say if I'm happy with this page or not, I kind of feel like it's still a work in progress. But I've enjoyed the process, and I guess that's what is really important. I've learned some new skills and am trying some new techniques, and most of all, I've had fun doing so.
This is another page that has very little writing on it at this point, and I have absolutely no idea where it will go from here, but this page I'm fairly happy with just like it is.
(Unfortunately, the color reproduction is not necessarily accurate. In the steps from scanning the artwork to posting it, and then taking into account different browsers and different monitors, I doubt what you see is exactly what I see; but you get the idea, right?)
So I'd like to encourage you to go get your journals or some watercolor paper, and just play. Try something new today, and if you don't like it, remember you can cover it up with gesso. If you still don't like it, add a new layer of paint or pastels, or paper.