This weekend I created covers and finished my art journal page for week 1 of Journal 52. After using markers to color the hot air balloons, I carefully added a gradated watercolor wash to the background. The Tombow markers are water soluble and would run if wet. It was much easier to work on the journal page with the journal taken apart.
Here is the journal spread from last summer that inspired the drawing on this page. I went to the hot air balloon festival in Plainville, Connecticut last year and took a lot of photos of the balloons as they rose up into the air. It was magnificent and I captured the event in a photo collage with acrylic painted background on an art journal spread.
The covers were not paint ready and needed a coat of gesso so that the paint would stick. I randomly chose some colors from my bottles of acrylic paint, dribbled paint on the surface and closed the covers with wet paint together to make prints on both sides. Then I used a round brush to add paint and cover the white areas around the edges.
These were painted first and meant to be the covers but I decided to use them as the inside covers after I saw how the other side above turned out.
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