Hello from my Creative Squad! Today we have Maura Hibbitts sharing a mysterious dreamscape with us in her art journal. She is using my Wabi Sabi and my Mini Motifs rubber stamp sets for this and our theme: In My Dreams – A lot of folks are having crazy dreams these days. What visions do you see at night? Are you sleeping at all? Let us get a peek into your nocturnal adventures through your art.
I don’t know about you, but I have been having some very vivid and wild dreams these past few months. I had one dream that was so realistic, I could hear, see and feel what was occurring, and when I woke up I totally expected it to be real. I often see words and text in my dreams…maybe because I read before I go to sleep? And most of my dreaming is in blazing technicolor too. I have to say, my dream imagination is pretty darn vivid, and I think that helps guide my creative spirit.
I had this idea of showing my dream imagination as a cosmic swirling mass. I started in my art journal on the black background with blobs of paint – Cobalt Teal Hue, Primary Cyan, and a blend of Titanium White with Dioxazine Purple. I also added in some Glamour Dust to blend with the paint for a sparkly appearance. Then, I used the paintbrush to swirl and blend the paint around the center.
Since I had a rather thick layer of paint on the right hand side of the journal, I thought why not close it and see what happens? When I opened up the pages, I really loved the swirling on the left side. I went back to the right side, and scraped some circle marks into the paint with a dowel.
To create the feeling of a swirling cosmos, I stamped out from the center in a circle using the Groovy stamp and a mix of Titanium white and Cadmium Orange Hue for a contrasting color. I repeated another circle pattern using the Jazzed stamp with the paint. Note – when stamping with paint, be sure to clean your stamps right away. Since I had some orange paint left over, I used the end of the dowel and made a few paint dots on the opposite page.
Next, I imagined a flowing school of fish coming out of the center of the cosmos and swimming across the other page. I used the Neato stamp (a favorite!) and stamped two lines of fish using black ink, then went back and stamped the fish using gold ink.
I went back to the galaxy, and stamped over the designs in the orange paint with black ink. I was trying to give them a bit more definition, as some of the painted stamping was not too clear. I also decided to draw an eye in the center of the galaxy with Posca pens.
Sometimes we visualize our thoughts as bubbles or umbrellas, so I turned the Mini Motif stamps into umbrellas. I stamped the Arts and Crafts, Jugendstil and Mission Motifs onto manila tags using black ink, then cut them out into umbrella shapes. Also cut a strip of the tag to use as the umbrella handle. Doodle a bit on the designs with gold pen. Adhere three umbrellas onto the left page. (Good rule of thumb – use an odd number.)
Head back over to the dreaming eye/cosmos page, and add the lettering “ in to the dreaming” around the central design with a turquoise Posca pen.
There are many images and stories at play on these pages, and maybe they don’t seem to fit or make sense. But isn’t that what a lot of dreams are like?
How do you imagine your dreamscape? I thought of mine as a swirling cosmos with an all seeing eye, umbrella thoughts and a stream of fish flowing through (the fish might come from my desire to visit the ocean, which I haven’t been able to do this year). I think our dreams bring our subconscious to the surface of our thoughts, and help ignite our creativity. May you have some creative dreaming! – Maura
Thank you Maura! I loved hearing about your vivid nighttime adventures of the subconscious and how you translated that strangeness onto the page. Very cool!
Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share? I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.