Thursday, November 29, 2012

Draw Your Own Sun: Art Journal Page

I was out at the coast over the weekend for two gloriously relaxing days. I love being there any time of year in any kind of weather. It's always breathtaking, even (and maybe especially) on the blustery days. One cloudy morning, I got out my sketchbook and did some doodling.


I only had a few basic supplies with me but I had already collaged and painted a background on the pages to use up extra scraps and paint from another project. After doodling and dabbling with my pencils and paints for awhile, the words came to me.




On a cloudy day, draw your own sun.




And while you're at it, relax!



It was fun just giving myself time to play around. In this second page, I really like the way the caran d'ache works together with the collage elements and acrylic background. I just used what I could find -- items cut from the newspaper and a tea bag (do you see it?). If you've never tried tea bags in your collages, I highly recommend it. They're stained in delicate earth tones and are beautifully transparent. They also add a subtle texture that absorbs paint very nicely. 

Thank you for visiting my blog! I always appreciate your comments so much.

37 comments:

  1. lovely work and phrase Debbie! Draw your own sun:) It's such joy to create and especially anywhere we can. I love your backgrounds.. and the teabag in the collage is especially unique. Definitely will try it out with our teas. Keep it up!:)

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  2. Debbie this is great - look fabulous and speaks to me!
    Have a good weekend! Tomorrow there is starting a new month over on ART JOURNAL JOURNEY!

    Hope you will be inspired to travel along with us this December.

    xxx Susi

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    1. Thank you for inviting me to join the journal challenge, Suzi. I will try!

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  3. Your journal pages are beautiful and I love your words .'On a cloudy day draw your own Sun' They really are very inspirational!

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  4. I love your journal pages, so soft and flowing with color and creativity, tea stains are great, I should try that too some time!

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  5. Oh, that is such a nice thought: draw your own sun! Have to remember that when it rains ☺ You're right, the combination of the caran d'ache with the collage and the acrylics works great. Had trouble finding your teabag but I did! (I think ... ☺)

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  6. what a great quote - I love that idea of drawing your own sun regardless of the weather! great journal entries and very original using a tea bag!

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  7. Wonderful sketchbook pages filled with layers and repetition with variety!!
    Love that you drew your own sun, too!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  8. Loving your pages. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  9. Great pages Debbie. It's also a great idea to draw our own sun, since we really can't sit and stare at it.:) Nice job.

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  10. Love your pages Debbie! I'm so with you about the coast thing-only my place is the east coast. Happy PPF!

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  11. Awesome work! Next time the sun is hiding, I'm going to paint my own....thanks for the great idea! Happy PPF!

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  12. What a fun thing to do. I always feel like I need to be doing something even if I am relaxing.. this is a perfect thing to do. Since we live where it can be foggy a lot of the winter we painted our Sunroom walls sunshine yellow and our ceiling blue. You make your own sunshine :) HPPF

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  13. Beautiful pages, the words are great, 'draw your own sun' it has such meaning all round. Love the colours in the second one.

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  14. Nice pages and I agree...the words "draw your own sun" are great. Happy PPF!

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  15. Your artwork is beautiful. It's very free, expressive and natural. Just how I like it.

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  16. beautiful pages, what a joy this is!

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  17. I love your journal pages. Draw your own sun is something I would love to paint on the wall right in front of where I work. What a wonderful reminder to enjoy the day no matter what!

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  18. Wonderful pages and wonderful sentiment! Happy PPF!

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  19. That's awesome! Especially for us in the Pacific NW, where we lack the sun. Thank you for sharing. Happy PPF!

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  20. Wonderful concept, lovely colours and blending.

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  21. Nice playing and great concept, beautiful journal pages!

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  22. Debbie, your journal pages are beautiful. I especially like the "draw your own sun" page. Beautiful colors.

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  23. Fabulous! The layers build up so well! Very true words!

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  24. You do such beautiful layered pieces. They always seem so natural and organic, as though they came together completely on their own.

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  25. Love your pages and journaling style! Will definitely be visiting again. :)

    I'm a big fan of caran d'ache too.

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  26. Awesome! LOVE the idea - and the tea bag! xoxo

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  27. Wow what an awesome illustrated quote!! I love it and it has your name on it...so cool!! Great pages...thanks for the tea bag hint!

    Hugs Giggles

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  28. Love your pages and the idea to incorporate tea bags! I'm a fan of caran d'ache too. Super job. I'm your newest follower and I'd love if you would come over and follow me back! Happy PPF!

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  29. I think I will have to draw my own sun this week, with so much rain :o)
    Beautiful and fin pages!

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  30. Really beautiful pages--and I'm with you, it's all about playing!

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  31. Gorgeous pages and I really love the words, just perfect! I really like using tea and tea bags in art also.

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  32. Lovely paintings, and I'm sure you had a lovely day out at the coast! :)

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  33. I love the way you play with your art journal pages. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  34. Tea bags ...... I must rememember that!!!

    I love both your pages very much ... and the messages to Relax and Find your own sun!

    Karenx

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