As I looked at the pages, I saw three birds. The colors were dingy and muddy so I decided to add some cerulean blue and yellow green artist acrylic to punch it up a bit.
I took out my black water soluble crayon and began to sketch in the outline of the birds. I liked using the pastel on top of the acrylic. Adding water to the crayon made it easy to wipe out and re-draw some of the lines until they were the way I wanted them.
After the rough sketch was competed, I added black artist acrylic to further define the shadows and consequently that added areas of highlight. I added additional highlights with white artist acrylic and I added black lines to represent branches and add interest to the background.
I added lyrics from the song, "Blackbird", and word "Fly" to complete my spread.
I thought about what birds represent to me. I thought about Maya Angelou's, "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings", and I thought about that song made popular by the Beatles, "Blackbird". I thought about soaring as high as the clouds and I thought about freedom. I thought about this gift I have of being what we label "artist", and I was grateful that I have the freedom to express myself through journaling and what I love to call "Happy Creating!".