My journal page for this week's #WishmoonWednesday
(color: blue; media: found object; technique: watercolor wash). Swipe for some close-ups.
The quote used here is from The Penelopiad, by Margaret Atwood (a recommended read, btw):
"Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does."
I had no idea what I was going to do with this prompt when we rolled it, so I decided to just play with watercolors for awhile. I pulled out a different set of watercolor pans than I usually use and my nice watercolor brushes I don't use often. (I'm usually doing watercolors as part of mixed media, so I use my crappy brushes to keep my good ones from getting ruined.)
I'd forgotten how nice it is to paint with nice brushes, so I ended up just layering washes, then cycling through my brushes, really enjoying just playing around for no particular purpose. I liked the simplicity of the page, and didn't want to cover it with more layers, so I wasn't sure what I was going to do for the rest of the prompt. I just kept playing.
The process became meditative, and my mind wandered as I painted, thinking about how it looked like waterflows over oxidized rocks, and I remembered the Margaret Atwood passage, and just like that, I knew what this page was going to be.
Orphaned buttons became representations of "obstacles", and the waterflows themselves became lines to write those wise words on.