Above: Page spread from a 9 x 12 Fabriano Venezia. Golden Fluid acrylic paint on the background, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen Sketches on other papers, cut out and collaged, along with strips of Japanese paper to contain jouraling text.
We all have them, days when our best laid plans for experimentation don't yield the results for which we'd hoped. Here I used one of those textured wall painting rollers to add paint to the background of this spread. (I rolled the paint out on a sheet of acetate with a smooth brayer and then rolled the textured sponge wall paint roller on the paint to pick it up.)
I could have done any number of things with this spread to tone it down. Glazing with a light wash of yellow to push the yellow back and make the blue even more green might have been useful. Washing with a complementary color of either of the main colors would have neutralized the complement and had a similar effect. Painting out areas with a healthy dose of Titanium white or conversely black could have yielded some interesting "masked" effects and areas of color which popped in a purposeful manner. And so it goes.
Instead, as I was near the end of the journal and anxious to move on, I opted for the solution you see above. It allowed me to keep two sketches I really enjoy. And it reminds me vividly that I don't like that textured sponge roller at this scale as a quick background. If I want to use it again I'll need to put more layers into it.
Oh, and as to serendipity—it's interesting that one of the quotations I wanted to remember and note down was from Tina Fey on "bombing." So Monday I can be back panning for gold.