Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dark Side

Journal Pages: I'm still working with Elke's prompt, Landscapes of the Soul.

If only I could draw, this is what it would look like.  
But since I can't (or haven't tried), I came across these amazing digital images which fit perfectly with the song lyrics (by Kelly Clarkson) chosen for my theme:

                        Everybody's got a dark side
                        Please remind me who I really am


Gecko Galz Artsy Jewels Collage sheet.  I was looking for something that represented split personality (good vs evil, "our dark side") when I came across this amazing artwork on the collage sheet.  I'm using the jewels (sized for pendant slides) in an entirely different way.  I resized two of the images and printed them on tracing paper. 

Technique:  From lessons learned in Wanderlust 2017, I left a white space on my journal for placement of the face (left) and arm (right).  After gluing down the tissue images, I took artistic liberty to extend with paint and pencil the two rectangles into the painted pages.  I love the black bird on the dark side and the blue bird on the bright side.  Loving the bird feathers in her hair (left side), I continued the theme with a feather stencil.  (Sidebar:  It just so happened that when I photographed my journal on the deck, the left side was in brightness and the right side was in darkness.  A happy coincidence!)

Acrylic Paints: Dylusions blendable Fresh Lime; Dina Wakley Heavy Body Sky, Liquitex Basics Ultramarine Blue

Chalk Paint: American Decor Primitive; Plaid Black

Stencils:  STAMPlorations ARTplorations Feathers and Arrows Large, Dylusions Diamond in the Rough


Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Not a Card #61

Gecko Galz Papercrafting FaceBook Group: October Ghosts and Goulsx

Gecko Galz Blog October Challenge:  Bump in the Night #2x

STAMPlorations Mixed Media October Challenge:  must use stencil, not a card #8x

Sharing at:

Art Journal Journey Landscapes of the the Soul (Elke's wonderful theme this month) 2nd share

Half An Hour of Art Facebook Group

Our Mixed Media Moods Facebook Group (October mood board:  human form and black birds)


geistige_Schritte said...

this is a wonderful double page for the theme landscapes of the soul
How you did that and with the sentence, fantastic!
Thanks for linking to AJJ I was very happy!
Happy week,

Jeannette said...

how wonderful page,love the fantastic drawing of this beautiful woman,and the green colors and feathers just amazing.
happy week.

hugs jenny

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I LOVE and echo your sentiment about if only you could draw. I adore the background and those feathers, too. It's a great composition and perfect for AJJ where I found you.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

There is no need that you draw - you are a brilliant artist without it! A wonderful spread - and even fantastic photographed with the light - great ! I love the stenciled feathers - absolutely beautiful - and blue green is just a fantastic color combination as well. I am in awe of your pages and just now hear the song at you tube.... searched for it as you made me interested. Super song!
A wonderful entry linked to AJJ - thank you for yet another brilliant entry added to our collection this month!
oxo Susi

Meggymay said...

I am totally with you about wishing I could draw.
This is a fabulous page,with great words.

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

I'm right by your side who wish I could draw too :) Your art journal has a story in it!! The subtle colors synchronize perfectly with the dark side. Awesome indeed Helene! It's so wonderful to see you again at STAMPlorations October Mixed Media Challenge and thank you for playing along with us dear friend.
Hugs and smiles,
STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
Qinaahana Arts & Crafts {My Personal Blog}

Melissa L. said...

Lovely colors and truly unique. I love the feathers. Thanks for playing along at STAMPlorations October Mixed Media Challenge.

Meihsia Liu said...

These are such gorgeous journal pages! The color scheme and the images are awesome. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

Sanna said...

what a fabulous art journal spread!!!! thanks for playing along with us at STAMPlorations mixed media challenge!!! :)

Carole said...

Fabulous art journal pages! Love the technique of using tissue to lay down the images - it looks very artsy surrounded by the gorgeous green paints! Great job. Thanks for joining in the fun at Gecko Galz!

Monika Skinner said...

Beautiful journal page! Love how you blended in the digital images. Thanks for playing along at STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge. Good Luck! :-)

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