It’s All About the Timing (Art Journaling)

I had to have a stress test this morning and was very nervous and anxious about it. Throughout the whole thing I heard this song playing in my head and was comforted. I came home and made this journal page so I would never forget it.

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I had created the background earlier…simply leftover paint from other projects. I frequently ‘clean’ off my brush my swiping it onto later pages for future use. This particular spread also got spritzed with Dylusions Ink Spray (lemon zest) right after I bought the spray…I was playing with it to see what it did.

I cut the castle out from an old book page and watercolored the roofs. The song is just on standard watercolor paper and then cut out into pieces. I applied marker below each strip and immediately smeared it with my finger. Added a few stamps and covered the entire thing with matte medium. I love how the matte medium smeared the yellow ink over the strips.

As is my usual routine, I had to play with it on the computer. This one is simply ‘bleached’.

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About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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One Response to It’s All About the Timing (Art Journaling)

  1. Neat! I like the idea of art journaling. Looks like a lot of creative fun. It is just intimidating to me as it looks like a whole lot of work. Maybe one day I’ll give it a try. For now I just write in my journal with the occasional drawing.

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