This is my July 2013 calendar page. I've committed to creating a calendar page spread for each month for the rest of the year. This is only my second month. I did want to do something with stars and stripes but did not want to do the traditional red, white, blue. I settled on a sky blue with dark pink days. I colored the star background and the banner strips with Reeves Water Soluble Crayons, a set I just picked up last week.
I scribbled on the color and then used a damp sponge to spread the color around. I like that it looks like the sky. I intended to use a guide to draw on consistently shaped stars and then paint them in white. When I made a tracing error I erased it with a white eraser and found that the eraser erased the background color as well. I kind of liked the ghostly, cloud-like star gotten by erasing within the lines.
I next used a hand-me-down banner stencil to make the days. I originally intended for the banner to be continuous but later decided on cutting the banner into random rectangles for the days. Took me a while to arrange the days coherently but found that they eventually looked right as I puzzled with them.
I decorated each day with Martha Stewart makers, Pitt and Micron Pens, Sakura Metallic Gel Pens.
I've decided to do a mandala doodle a day this month. Really like the idea of my calendar page spreads helping me to know more surely when I made or completed each page in each journal.