I love music. I rarely do anything without music playing…I’m listening to music now in fact. My musical tastes are eclectic much like my art varying from bass thumping techno, old school hip-hop, classic rock, reggae and pretty much anything in between. When it comes time to create however, there is one band that is guaranteed to be on my play list…none other than the fabulous folk duo the Weepies! I have created some of my best works while listening to the soul soothing sounds of the Weepies. Todays journal page was inspired by and pays tribute to one of my favorite songs by the Weepies “Humming Bird”
I’ve had Humming Birds on the brain lately and can’t stop listening to The Weepies “Humming Bird” (Click to listen…but be forewarned you will go on a Weepies downloading rampage). The lyrics to the song remind me of my relationship with my Husband because the words ring true.
I wanted to pay tribute to him as well with this page. I’m thinking about framing it for him for Valentine’s day. Speaking of Valentine’s day, if you are a sucker for a great love story (like myself) I urge you to read the real life love story behind The Weepies. It’s like a real life version of the movie “Once”…only this one has a happy ending! Truly inspiring.
I included my favorite lyrics to the Weepies “Humming Bird” around my page.
“Always been like a Humming Bird, and I can’t keep still.”
Yup, that’s me! Always going a mile a minute. From here to there and from this thing to the next. Bless my sweet husband for putting up with me!
“Listen up lover. Listen up. I never will!”
This is the truth and he knows it…and yet he loves me all the same!
“Hold out your hand. Yours is the only one that I dare to land…upon.”
This is my favorite part of all because as much as I ‘flit and fly’ around I know I will always land wherever he is.
So now that we’ve covered WHY I created this page let’s move on to HOW I created this tribute to the Weepies and my love
How to Create a Song Lyric Journal Page
Creating a Background
Your background will set the tone for your page. Think about the images you plan to use and the mood you would like your page to portray. For my page I wanted my background to portray a bright sunny day with patches of clear blue sky and streaks of sun beams.
I rubbed on Distress Inks in Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers for the Sky and used Scattered Straw, Wild Honey and hints of Rusty Hinge for the Sunbeams.
To add texture I dabbed on Distress Stain in Peacock Feathers…
And stamped through the wet Ink with a large Sheet Music Stamp. *In hindsight I should have stamped through one ink blot at a time as the ink soaked into the paper rather quickly. Live and learn!
To give the page a “Golden Glow” I misted it with Perfect Pearls “Heirloom Gold”.
Your Stash is your best friend when it comes to selecting images for your pages. As I’ve said since the first of the year I’m in the process (Still) of organizing my studio…don’t judge me I keep coming across forgotten items stashed away for “Someday” that fit like a glove for the projects I’m working on. Un-squirrel those treasures fellow
hoarders collectors! Use them for what you saved them for in the first place and make some art!
Exhibit A: Gift bag my friend saved for me because she “thought I could make something out of it”….consider it done!
Exhibit B: A gift bag from my Bridal Shower…a “Someday” stash away from *cough* 5 years ago. I told you not to judge me…
*If you missed my Distress Painting Tutorial on the Humming Bird click the link to check it out.
Exhibit C: Sorry I forgot to take a Picture of the hand I found in a magazine…first one I picked up too!
On a side note: I also realized I probably don’t need 6 milk crates of magazines (I’ll donate the Self and Women’s Health Mags I never read but I’ll never let go of the New Yorker and Tattoo Magazines!)
In short you can probably find most of what you need for images on hand. Check magazines, gift bags, old greeting cards and even junk mail! (The Hand actually came from a junk mail magazine)
You can use whatever medium you prefer for adhering your images. I used my trusty Elmer’s Glue Stick and went over the images with a brayer for good measure.
I like to call this “Lazy Girl” Lettering. I’m still working my way through an online lettering course and am not confidant in my artful lettering skills just yet. Not to worry I’m putting my letter stamp sets to good use by stamping some of my lyrics in Distress Ink.
For the smaller letters I used Micron Pens. I can handle block letters just fine
Stencils and Finishing Touches
Again, Hind-sight is 20/ 20 and I should have stenciled BEFORE stamping my letters…but I didn’t. So I worked around it. Apparently I like to do things the hard way…it toughens you up.
I used Dylusions stencils and a Snow Cap Paint Dabber to stencil my leaves and outlined with micron pens. I thought I was done so I walked away.
This is very good advice, when you think you’re done…
Because when you come back you will take a second look and get “Ideas” like…instead of drawing veins on the leaves you should stamp them. Yes! Definitely stamp them…with sheet music! * And use a piece of scrap paper as a mask instead of performing contortionists stamping like I did (I swear sometimes I lose my mind a bit when I’m on to something)
NOW you can put the finishing touches on and well…finish it. For me it was the Humming Bird. I adhered him with a mounting square and a spring I ripped off the Valentine’s Day card DH gave me last year (If I have 6 milk crates of magazines did you actually think I would throw cards away? I did throw that one away…finally. Baby steps.)
Have a Musical day!