So, the hardest part is getting started. I've had an inspiration journal I purchased from Donna Downey at least a year ago and never dared make a mess in it! I took it out and just stared at the first white page for awhile. I decided I just needed to get something on the page, so I pulled out my water-soluble pastels (inexpensive Portfolio brand - love these) and scribbled two colors on the page. Not very pretty but a start!
Looking a bit better after brushing with water. I also spritzed with water and let it drip down the page. I was at a loss at what to do next, so left it - I'd already spent more than ten minutes anyway...
The next day I decided to stamp this large foam stamp from Prima with black paint. (This photo shows the true colors - the first two were taken in bad light.) Now what?
I decided to tear some flowery shapes from book text but they looked too stark, so I painted them with a metallic paint. I dried that with a heat gun and then a happy accident occurred - the paint bubbled and I liked the texture.
Here's the finished page after outlining the flowers, adding gold centers and writing with India ink.
It's not a masterpiece, but then art journal pages are supposed to be more about the process than the finished product. And this took me four days of playtime!