"One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began."
Love this quote from Mary Oliver.
This is a page from my vintage ledger journal, dated 1919. A great find at a local flea market.
I adore how the old pages look against a finished painting. Each page is prepped with gesso, adding text, doodles and quotes appropriate for each piece of art. I have also experimented with oil sticks on these pages, adding it to the finished piece and page. I am a little obsessed with it, I know.
Beginning stages and the quote reads; " Always keep your beautiful imagination and exquisite sense of humor." I thought it appropriate to add a vintage girl!
Finished by adding layers and washes of color before adding the oil sticks.
She is the first one, Journal girl #1. I added texture and antiquing to her background. "The essence of joy and wondering".
I have many more pages to fill, some have text and numbers on them, and some are just blank.
The first photo, above, is my interpretation of a John Waterhouse painting from 1908. "My Sweet Rose"
Eleven years before the date stamped inside the ledger
I hope you enjoyed peeking inside my journal and are inspired to create your own, whether it be in an old ledger, notebook or home made papers.