I know I haven’t done the Pick A Stick Challenge for a little while but didn’t realise quite how long ago it was… 2015! I’ve decided to try and do at least one ‘me-project’ each month, and this month was the Pick A Stick art journal challenge. For those that have forgotten the format, ten sticks are chosen at random, each with an instruction as to what to put in or a technique to use. The challenge Facebook group can be found here.
The page ended up darker in tone and emotion that I normally do – the quote was inspired by the raven stencil I used. There are many different things that I would call from the poem, but this is perhaps the darkest. As I was writing it onto the page all I could think of was my road with depression, my ‘black dog’.
The steps in detail:
The starting point: a page covered with brushstrokes of excess acrylic paint from other projects.
Stick 1: Use something transparent
For this, I dropped isopropanol alcohol onto the page, waited a moment and then wiped away with a wet wipe. The alcohol softens the acrylic paint and leaves a subtle watermark.