Monday, June 24, 2013

June 2013 Calendar Page Progress

June Calendar Spread with doodles and notations: Pitt Pen,
Spectracolor colored pencils, Sakura metallic Gelly Roll pens

I'm making my July 2013 calendar spread on June 29th with my visual art journaling group so time to talk about making the June pages.  This group is also on Meetup.

I am so happy!  I have every color of those beautiful, super-saturated Dyan Reaveley's dylusions ink sprays but sometimes find them too intense and too hard to control.  With these pages I cracked the code for how I can use these great colored inks in a way that makes me happy.  I sprayed the Campso Teal ink spray on a disposable plate and then sponged the color on my page.  I then sponged gesso onto that.  Love the variation in color!  I then cut 2" squares from a Joanna Grant free background page which I scanned into Picassa, which is a free Microsoft download for managing images, and added light to make the writing show up more easily on my days, printed that out.  Glued on cut-outs from envelope art flower doodles.  Drew the words for June 2013 on the background paper and cut them out.  Drew the numbers for the days in Sakura Gelly Roll metallic pens.  BTW, Joanna made these backgrounds with collage and the Gelli Plate.

And now, some three weeks later my June 2013 is almost finished.  Like last year I ended up making
botanical doodles on most day squares. My friend Alice gave me a set of (now discontinued) Spectracolor colored pencils.  They are very creamy and visually delicious! Guess they are most similar to Prismacolor colored pencils.  It's been very fun to play with them on this page.

I am committing myself to making a calendar spread for each month on-goingly now.  Seems like a great way to keep track of major events and to put my various journals in the context of time, when I look back at them.