I have been working on this art journal for a few weeks now. I started after Christmas by taking an online class taught by Gina Armfield. Gina teaches many art classes and is a talented artist and lovely teacher. She had videos of her techniques, demonstrating her processes that she uses in her various classes. She is soft spoken and deliberate. I enjoy her teaching style and learn a lot from each of her classes. The class I took is called, "Sea and Song" and is based on ocean sights, songs and images. I immediately felt a connection because of our fantastic Florida vacations this year. Her class has a number of videos and I couldn't wait to get started.
The girls and I made some absolutely gorgeous painted paper, following some of Gina's techniques and I added them to my journal. Here is one two page spread, using the background.
The second page has the two smaller seahorses that I painted onto watercolor paper, using the same technique as the giant seahorse. I cut them out. I painted onto the page using the negative image from the stencil to create more seahorses. I stamped my carved seahorse with acrylic paint. These are in the background and are faded. The look like they are further away. I added a poem about seahorses. I like the way this looks, but I am not sure if this page is complete yet.