Have you joined Jennibellie's ning site yet? if not then go HERE join up. It is free and you can get lots of journalling inspiration. She has just set up a brand new group that will share monthly journalling prompts, again free. This month is Messy Monochrome.
I felt inspired to join in, and this is my interpretation.
My colour choices came from this leftover bit of painted paper.
I pulled out lots of neutrals, browns,creams,greys and chose blues as my contrast colour. These are FRESCO paints from PaperArtsy
I ripped my painted paper and glued it to my journal page along with some patterned mulberry paper and some old waste strips of paper from the top of a paper pad.
Next I added more colour using NeocolourII crayons.
Over the textured strips I added some Treasure gold, this wax comes in lots of colours and is available from PaperArtsy.
I then added more paint, and a stamped border to parts of the edges. At this point, I have no real direction, I am merely building layers.
I add stenciling and some stamping with a script stamp.
I cut out some bird shapes to use as masks.
I sponged paint around the birds, and once dry I rubbed it back a little to distress it.
I wanted to highlight the border again, so I painted a lighter raggedy line around the edge. I also outlined the birds using a black pen.
My final step was to copy out part of THIS POEM and to add some more stamped text as a title. The poem is written all around the border and around each bird.
You can see how how the Treasure gold shines once it is buffed up.
Here is the final page.