I made this art journal page to capture some of the feelings about motherhood I mentioned in my post yesterday. The journaling includes the quote from yesterday, as well as two others:
* “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren and
*“She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along.” Margaret Culkin Banning. I found these and other great motherhood quotes at this website.
The Gingersnap Supply Challenge for this month is "markers." When I first started scrapbooking, I bought about a dozen pigma thin point markers to use for journaling and doodling. As I got into stamping, I bought another couple dozen brush markers (mostly zig and close to my heart) to make multi-colored stamped images and to color-in images. Over time, I realized that I don't really like coloring things in. It's just really not for me. So, I don't do it very often. When I do, I tend to use a water brush and either twinkling H2O's or radiant pearls. I love the look that people like Jacky achieve with markers on their cards, but I just don't have the patience for it. So, I have steadfastly refused to invest in more markers or enter the world of "copic" markers, which seem to be the latest and greatest marker on the market.
I did want to make a marker creation, though, so I thought I would try using markers for a background technique called "not-quite-white" that I love but find a bit tedious to do with paint. The markers worked great! The background technique is one favored by the impressionists and which I used in an art journal page I posted here. You basically add small dashes of pastel paint onto a white background to make it not-quite-white. I will definitely use markers instead of paints for this background in the future. I also used markers to color my stamped images and to doodle around the edge. All-in-all, I ended up really happy with this page and glad I broke out my markers. I'd love to hear your thoughts on markers!