I just felt like getting messy with some paint, so I got out my old, mixed media journal which I started in June 2012. It’s a proper book that I am altering, mainly because I don’t like the wire binding in the other journals I’ve used for mixed media. I like doing double page spreads and wire binding distracts from the whole image . When I first started this altered book I ripped out half of the pages and gessoed the remaining pages, leaving some of the illustrations showing through. It was a book about shells that I picked up in a charity shop and I’ve since seen several copies of the same book, so I don’t feel bad about transforming it into something else.
This page was already started. I can’t remember the entire process but there are pages from an old book on English architecture, handmade papers, Zettiology stamps (purchased from Teesha Moore), red and pink paint, an image transfer, spray inks, distress inks and a quote hand printed onto ordinary paper sprayed with inks.
I’ve been reading a lot recently about how despite what we may think, our happiness is not dependent upon external factors like possessions or how we look, it’s simply a choice that we make for ourselves. So I’m choosing to be happy and I hope you are too 🙂
See you soon