Art Journal: Love is Oxygen

“Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imaginotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.”
Jasper Fforde

"Love is Oxygen"

"Just Breathe"

This is the full spread.

Ingredients include: acrylic paint, japanese papers, magazine cuttings, index cards, maps, excerpts from travel catalogues, washi tape, bits of a postcard that I received in the mail from Patricia, random words, fabric, neocolors. Plus a quote typed on a real typewriter in my daughter's classroom.

Continuing to work in an altered hardback book that I started early in 2012 called The Noticing Journal. The book that has completely fallen apart, so I pull out pages that I want to work and focus on keeping the book pages in order when I stack them back inside the cover.

I love that the acrylics shine in the sunlight.

I love that you cannot see all of the layers.

I love that the layers add texture and depth.

This is the area just under the word "breathe"... a few layers underneath, that is!

This what is deep underneath the bottom left of the finished page. I used an index card with part of the monochromatic collage from the Daily Paper Prompts.

The pages are a tribute of sorts, to the Song "Breathe (2am)" by Anna Nalick that I first heard in an episode of Grey's Anatomy. I can listen to this song on infinite repeat. The top of the left page originally said, "Love is like oxygen" but that seemed cliché ♥ so I covered it with washi tape. Now it reads, "Love is oxygen" instead. 

Don't be afraid to cut up your art and use it in other art. It still exists, just in a different format. It could be a flowing cycle of work. Paint something. Cut it up and use it in collage. 

Have you incorporated part of one piece of art in another piece of art? Or painted over a piece of art to start something fresh? Did it add depth {literal or figurative perspective} to the final work?

AEDM: 30 Days of Art! I worked these over the course of two days. This artwork is for Days 3 & 4 of Art Every Day Month, an annual November challenge facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day. I will work in this journal every day until it is finished!