Typically for me an art journal page would have every square inch covered in either paper, paint or ink. It took me a while to recognise what “my style” of art journaling looked like and it took me a while to see the patterns and styles of the page I’ve created as my own rather than a facsimile of someone else’s.
Once that settled into my consciousness, I started to push those styles and started stepping back outside my newly found comfort zone and explore other styles and techniques that I worked hard to recognise as not my own. Does that make sense? I suppose what I’m trying to say is, I’ve found me, now I want to play at being someone else for a while!
To aid me in my quest beyond my zone of comfort, I’ve begun to play with the idea of white space. White space can be daunting, it can fill some with terror and in others they see a wall that they can’t climb. I was like that, but I began to see that white space can be used in just the same way as a block of colour or texture. White space can be used to aid a layout or composition.
In the page I’ve created above. I’ve allowed the white space to remain untouched, the temptation is to fill up the white space but I have shown restraint and deliberately fought against my instinct to fill up what is empty! Which gave me the idea to use the quote.
There is no process video for this page as I wanted to scratch this itch without the camera rolling. Plus I wanted an excuse to try using the new Distress Crayons by Tim Holtz.
It’s a simple page, white gessoed first then it was just a case of adding the crayon colour to the page and smudging and blending the pigment with my finger. The black outline and quote text was achieved by using a standard black rollerball pen that can be picked up anywhere for pennies.
There is something satisfying about leaving a void on your page…but the itch to fill it is still there, scratching at the back of my eyeballs like an addiction. More pages with white space to follow!