April showers are here in profusion, making everything wet and muddy. I clean, and the dog, my husband and my toddler just track it right back in. But, the sound of rain at night is so peaceful -and the prospect of spring so thrilling- that it’s all worth it. So, it was appropriate that this art journal be about sounds.
In this art journal the subject was, ” Your Favorite Sound.” What’s your favorite sound and how would you depict it visually? Let me know in the comments or better yet send me a picture or piece of art showing what your favorite sound is!
I painted the entire page black using black gesso. I then added some collage. Bits of a tail, a cut out from one of my abstract watercolor paints and a whole bunch of chipboard holes from the Lace-Ups I had tested and played with earlier in the month. (Yes, I even keep and reuse the holes from our Lace-Ups… Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! LOL!)
I cut one of the square pocket that came with the art journal in half to fit a test tag I had made in developing our Lace-Up tags. I painted it black.
I painted the tag with white gesso, and then I dumped some water color painted on my painting surface mat and rubbed the dried tag on the paint. I added words in blue calligraphy pen.
I added the pocket and the tag to the page. Then, using my white Singo pen I started drawing circles around each of the chipboard hole punches. I was thinking of the ripples that rain drops make when they hit a puddle of water.
I also used black gesso to prime the Totem PopPet Snake and a small and a medium mandala or spider web. I wasn’t sure which ones I would end up using so I placed them on the side page to look at and think about.
- Tip: If you can’t decide if you want to add a piece you can place it on the page and then take a picture with your phone. Move it around and take a couple more pictures. You can then look at the different placements over the course of a day or two. Seeing it on the phone changes your perspective and taking time to think about it might bring other ideas.
I tried used silver metal wire to make a spider web with moon stones one it, but the metal didn’t fit through the holes.I tried jump rings and glue too. Neither worded as well. lol. So I decided to use embroidery floss that faded from dark blue, to light blue, to white.
Finally, I added in the words; writing them in blue outlines with white. I added small white circles around the edge of the page to “frame” and complete the image.
Here’s the full poem by Langston Hughes…
April Rain Song
Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.
Here’s a close up of the finished piece.