It’s week five in the Season of Happy at Get Messy Art Journal. This week I’ve combined all four of the journal and art prompts into two pages which work as a double page with a small third in between.
This past weekend I visited my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter Emma. As you can imagine I’m still full of the delicious sights, sounds and smells (not including the diaper one) of that darling girl. I created a page of one of the happy things from my childhood (reading), and books are happy objects for me. Emma is one of the most happy people I know because she fully embraces all her experiences and is so loved and cared for by her parents and extended family. So hers is the second page. As I was coloring and painting I listened to my favorite Madeleine Peyroux Pandora Radio station.
On my page, I have images of real books I’ve kept from my childhood. The cat illustrations are from my favorite early book, Surprise in the Tree by Sara Asheron, illustrated by Susan Perl. I printed out the images of the books and illustrations and then colored them with crayons, colored pencils, chalk and colored glitter pens. I used an analogous color scheme (colors located next to each other on the color wheel).
For Emma’s page I used a more exciting color scheme, the triadic primary colors of red, blue and yellow. Her energy is so vital and she is constantly moving so I used a circular pattern to show that (she loves twirling too). The drawings are from photos my daughter-in-law took of Emma posing for selfies with a shirt on her head. I used children’s watercolors, crayons, patterned paper and colored pencil. For fun I wrote an alliterative haiku describing her.
As a bridge, I made an insert between the pages. Each of us is reading a book (about the same age). One of Emma’s words is beh-bee for baby. I thought it such fun to label each with beh-bee. I used the enlight app on my iphone to transform the photos into distressed, graffiti-esque images. (My name was Karen when I was little. I changed it in my 20s – a story for another time.)
These are such giggly pages for me and I know I’ll look at them over and over. I can tell you that coloring and painting like a tot is wonderful. It’s so freeing, I highly recommend it!
I wish you all a happy weekend my friends and fellow Get Messians.
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