This page is actually on top of a background that I created for the collaborative part of the project.
I colored the edges all around as I've explained in an earlier post.
When I got to this page I did a quick sketch of a woman's face while I was watching TV. You can see the ink sketch below at the end of this post.
Because it wasn't too late in the evening I decided to paint it and she came out purple! (I was using Schmincke gouache that was out for another project.)
Left: The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen Sketch before I added paint to it. It has been cut out and placed on a black board for photographing. The sketch was made on a sheet of gridded Quattro paper, which is very smooth and has a lovely grid pattern on it. Also it's fun to paint on this paper even though it isn't a wet media paper. (She had a scarier look in the sketch which I lost while I was painting.)
When I glued her to the page I then stenciled over her with my favorite "aster" stencil and some pink Brilliance rubberstamp ink.
I also stamped a text stamp across the top of the page.
Left: Here is an image of the background as it was when I first created it for the collaborative project. During printing the borders on the page of course became white (I wrote about the 1/4 inch space the copier made on all the pages in another post). I colored those with rubberstamp inks, drawing the color into the page to blend all the edges. Here you can see the fortune that was covered when I collaged my sketch down. I was sad to lose those strokes and splotches, but the great thing about journaling is that you can always make more strokes and splotches!
When I got to this point in my journal most of the other pages were filled even though I wasn't going chronologically. Her colors fit best on this page. But that meant covering up my "fortune" that was part of my background.
Ah, well. One of the things I decided early in this project was that I was going to be as ruthless about using the backgrounds in this book as I was with the backgrounds in my journals. Often that meant losing elements (created by other people) which I really loved.
It will be interesting to see what the other participants were able to "save" on the pages they created.