One of my great loves is under paper. It's a crazy thing to love your drop cloth more than your art work, but mostly I do.
I used to hoard it, not wanting to use it up, I loved it that much. Now I create so much of it that I have learned to start incorporating it into more and more of my projects. My favorite thing about under paper is the random juiciness you get with each piece.
The Blank Page and How to Face It!
Art Challenge: Under Paper
Journal Prompt: What Lies Beneath?
I typically use newsprint under my project as a paper drop cloth, but have also used old desk top calendars, newspaper and catalog pages, deli paper, and even fiber paper. I use the same piece for several days, spinning the sheet or sheets as one area starts to get nice and colorful. I don't limit myself to just cleaning my brushes on it...I test pens and pencils on it, clean my stamps on it, lay down scraps of tape on it and use it as a mat when I glue things. The paper begins to build nice layers of it's own this way.
I started with a sketch in oil pastels and then filled in large areas with water colors. I wiped most of the water color off before it dried completely to leave just a hint of color. Once dry, I trimmed a large scallop of under paper and glued it to the top edge of my page with a glue stick. From there I just started adding layers of paper and paint.
I like to sketch around objects on the page, filling in larger areas with my favorite marks. Because I wanted to address the prompt "what lies beneath", I peeled off several small collage pieces before they set entirely and sanded the areas where they lifted using a soft grit sand paper. Once sanded, I added more watercolor, dabbing off when nearly dry.
I journaled my own thoughts about what lies beneath and spattered some ink. I love the chaotic look of this page. It speaks to what lies beneath me as a person sometimes. I try to appear to be pulled together and focused on the outside, but sometimes I am roiling on the inside, not sure which way is up or down. I struggle with things needing to be in order and have been working very hard on discovering new ways to feel calm on the inside...even when I can't control what is going on on the outside. This was a constructive challenge for me!
SUPPLIES USED IN THIS JOURNALING PAGE
This awesome big journal, under paper, UHU glue stick, Natural Elements Stamp Sheet, White Gloss Paint, Graph Gear Pencil, these colorful oil based paint pens, acrylic paints in this brights series ( I use all of them in my tiny marks), this red and medium yellow, sand paper, solid paint markers in pink, orange, yellow, water colors, oil pastels, dylusions inks in bubblegum, and lemon zest, and water brushes.