Here is a simple two page spread I did focusing on starfish. The starfish on the left is painted on watercolor paper with bold colors. I cut it from the sheet and pasted it on the page. I made a couple of divider pages of this transparent paper that looks reminiscent of seaweed.
On the right hand page, I drew a starfish with inks and then added a starfish poem. I like the "airy" look of this page.
This other page spread was built in layers. I started out by painting shapes in gesso over the book pages. When that dried, I added a layer of watered down acrylic paint. I wiped away some paint revealing the original book page in some places. You can see the areas that I painted circles in gesso and they are opaque. I then painted some shapes in red and blues and collaged some yellow papers. Each layer builds up the page and creates depth.
To finish the page, I collaged in sea creatures, words, coral and torn paper. I also added a bit of the transparent page from the previous spread to look like seaweed and create even more layers. I like the way this page looks full of life -- just like the ocean itself.
I am almost done with my book! I have to show the front and back of the book as well as the first and last page spreads. I am so pleased with the book and had so much fun creating it. I can't wait to start on another one!