Typically, I create very complex journal pages, filled with layers of pattern, texture, color. I enjoy the process of journaling and use it as a meditative practice. Traditionally, I then cover up most of that background work with a focal image and text as as I try to bring a page to competition.
However, sometimes (and more often now than in the past) I want that background work to remain visible and for the focal images to be simple and bold. These journal pages were inspired by cards I created for last year's ICAD challenge. In fact, the quotes are on index cards I cut up and glued to the journal page. I recycle almost everything I make and 61 pieces of index card art is a lot of fodder for fresh work. I may mutter and moan my way through the challenge at times but in the end, I am deeply appreciative of the work I generate by sticking with it. Later, when feeling stuck, I can thumb through those cards and recreate techniques I loved or use the cards themselves in new work.