I was afraid he would spit on my records
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend? As you can see i did – i actually created a journal page! I am on the mend from the flu and conjunctivitis. I knew that i was coming around the corner when on Saturday i actually started to draw some pictures – the doctor and me. This journal page is all about a doctor’s visit on Friday. It occurred to me that this kind of art journaling is Narrative Art Journaling I’m actually telling a story. Often you will see journal pages which are focused around a quotation, lists, shapes like hearts or random ramblings. For example some people will create backgrounds and borders with a focal point ahead of time leaving space around the image for journaling later on. Later while at a cafe the artist will journal what is on their mind. The image and journaling often have nothing to do with each other. The above journal page is really a story – it’s all about my journey with the flu. I often find a bit of humour in it and decide to share that along with my frustration on a journal page.
As you can see on the above page i wrote my story on the background – some of it is obscured by the image of the doctor. The story is about finally going to the doctors on Friday for conjunctivitis and to ask if my flu symptoms were normal. I went to the walk-in clinic, the receptionist was grumpy and so was the doctor. The doctor barely said two words while examining me – i told him my ears were plugged from the flu so i could not hear him. The doctor checked my throat, chest, eyes then began to write a prescription. He handed it to me and said “put two drops in your eye every 4 hours” and then he began to leave. I shouted after him “HEY!!!!!!! Do i have conjunctivitis???” and he said “Yes”.
Needless to say i was very annoyed with the doctor and the receptionist and thought about writing a letter of complaint. I told Mr. G about it and as i did i thought out loud “i could get into trouble with them and maybe they would be mean to me? What’s the worst that could happen? They could spit on my records!” I was just riffing on waiters and waitresses who spit on their customers food when they have complained too much. When i said this Mr. G burst into gales of laughter and afterwards it was all good .
Here is how the page began – remember the other day i only had the energy to do an experiment with tea and coffee stains? Well i used that as a background as well as the face drawn on the painted book page – they were both to be incorporated into the composition.
I drew the central characters on a piece of cardstock with micron pens.
The background is painted with a few colours – scrapped them on the page with a credit card. The image of the face is glued down and a bit of green paint is added to the face to blend it a bit into the background.
I coloured the characters in with coloured pencils. As you can see i had to swirl some gesso over the face and the background to push the bright paint back a bit. I wanted the attention to be on the characters. What i often will do at this point is stand up on a stool while looking down at the composition to see if it looks okay.
Before gluing down the characters i wrote my story in pencil. I also fancied up some letters with a white signo pen, micron pens and pencil crayons.
I hope you have enjoyed my little step by step journal page tutorial and create your own Narrative art journal page!
It’s my son Ryan’s birthday today! Happy birthday – i love you!