My mission: to make some art journal pages about my snowy weekend in the country based on my love of paint chip brochures from Home Depot.
Step One: Paint some pictures of my weekend in the country. Those are the paintings, above, in the order that I painted them. Each one is the approx. size of a Triscuit (see above Triscuit for handy comparison).
Step Two: Arrange the pictures into “stories”. Not literally; just arrange them so they go together in a way that makes sense.
Step Three: Add text.
(That blank box in the lower right corner is a place holder, called a TBA in the print biz. TBA stands for Place Where A Great Little Story Will Go When I Think of It.)
I always lay out my art journal pages two at a time, verso-recto (left page-right page). Each page here (above) is one-half of the story that I want to tell in this pseudo-paint-chip-brochure-from-Home-Depot style exercise here. Here’s how they go together:
For this exercise I came up with 9 new shades of White, starting with the left page (under the caption Snow falling, 5 degrees above zero, I am in charge of giving name to the tones of the day):
January Dreams (these three “colors” make up the heading on the left page)
Indigo on Ice
Scent of the Moon
A Distant Windfall (these six “colors” make up pretty much the whole text on the right page)
And I made a list of favorite white stuff (left page):
Favorite food: Handmade marshmallows; worth every extra cent they cost [you can get them at Whole Foods, by the way]; Favorite white dress: Princess Diana’s wedding dress; Fave song on the White Album: Blackbird [ironic, huh?]; Fave white flavor: cold Sancerre; Fave white flower: the Ghost Orchid, so rare that the chances of finding one blooming in the wild is a million to one; Other fave white things: Writing paper, South Sea pearls, clouds, night-blooming gardens, full moons, ghosts; Fave white mood: The Snow Day.
The caption to the right -side page is:
We debated about setting out for our two-mile walk at sunset; should we leave at Four? or Four Thirty? In the end, we grabbed our coats at 3:50 and headed down the road, into the wind.
It still needs work, I know; I need a line edit (do you debate about stuff or do you just debate?) and I need approx. 100 words about spending the day watching the snow fall on a weekend in the country. But voila, this is the jist of it: this is my art journal / pseudo Home Depot paint chip brochure.
Step Four: Give self new assignment, along the lines of Give self the afternoon off and a cork screw for that bottle of Sancerre.