As I'm going through my old journals culling content for the e-course, I find myself adding to some of the pages. I've never ever gone back through old journals before and altered them. It's kind of fun actually.
Often when I teach, I demo in my current journal. What ends up happening is a crazy page full of all different things from background techniques to mark making tools, but nothing consistent or pretty or finished. Which is fine. My goal with my journals is not to have pretty page after pretty page, but to have fun experimenting and exploring.
But yesterday, I found myself wanting to try to make the hot messes a little more cohesive, a little less of an example page and more of a messy journal page. Because they were there. Because I never usually go back. Because some of them really were very ugly.
The one above wasn't so much a sample page as it was unfinished, not colored in. It's funny to go back and play with a new perspective on something you started long ago. At times, I found myself pondering what it was I was even demonstrating way back when. It's all there, on the page somewhere.
In the end, some resulting pages were more pleasing than others. All ended up being pretty darn busy, with all that they had going on already, and all I added to them. I don't love any of them. Let's just say I wouldn't want them published anywhere other than here. Of course, I could have gessoed right over them if I wanted to, but that would have defeated my purpose; taking away the challenge of merging all the layers together in a more pleasing fashion. And it wouldn't have been nearly as much fun. I had fun working on all of them, and that's what really matters!