Last month, I posted my journal page for Michelle Ward's monthly challenge #60. I decided to go for #61 this month as well - Restraining Order. The challenge is to hold back, don't feel like you have to fill up the Entire Page. Try to restrain your instinct to add more and more to the composition.
I figured this challenge would be a piece of cake for me. After all, when I try those techniques of adding layer on layer on layer, I always stop after the first layer or two because I like the beginning part so much that I don't want to cover it up. But I was wrong about this being easy this month.
I was feeling all festive and spring-like, so I started with some different greens to put background color on the double page spread.
I was surprised just how hard it was to Not fill in the empty spaces. But the way I look at it, if the pages had a lot more stuff on them, Mr. Rabbit wouldn't be able to meditate very well.
See Michelle's challenge here and see the sidebar on the left where she has posted links to the participants' responses. Even though Michelle is going to take a break from the challenges, there are lots and lots of past challenges to glean ideas from if you are so inclined. Lots of great artwork to absorb!
So go... reflect... ponder... eat cake.
Pat, I love this spread. Great colors, so subtle and subdued, just the right thing for a meditating bunny. I'm wondering what he's contemplating....maybe leaving all the black jelly beans for me? I love hearing that you were saving him and finally used him...the restraint offers a terrific stage. Thanks for admitting that it was indeed a challenge to hold back. Many of us have been feeling that way. So glad you came back to play with us!
Fabulous! I love green, especially in spring time. It really is hard to hold back, sometimes. I'm glad you succeeded in doing so, because this looks beautiful just the way it is!
Your page is wonderful. Love Mr. Rabbit. I like the simplicity of it. I agree, it is really hard to know when to stop. You did good.
I think you have proven the maxim that less is more! What a stunningly beautiful spread.
This is so cool - I love the bunny. He's so calm somehow.
I always enjoy my "end of month, and the newspaper's finished blog cruise 'n comment" time. It's been lovely to meet you and your work via the Crusades. Thanks for sharing what you do with everyone. May the rest of 2012 be filled with creative happiness for you.
Love the green!! Great layout!
Love, love your pages. Very calming.
I love the text you chose to pair up with the bunny. It's like he has to meditate and strengthen up to deliver all those eggs next week!
What a beautiful interpretation of the Crusade, it is SO hard to stop filling the page. Thanks for sharing!!
Best wishes, tj
LOVE your pages. Greens are always beautiful and soothing, and the rabbit is definitely deserving of not having to fight to be the focal point.
The bunny makes me smile, too! You've created the perfect space for him to meditate. I love your lettered words. Great page overall! Heavenly greens!
Beautiful, beautiful pages - the bunny really stands out as something special and I really love the tranquil, calm feel of both pages. Stunning work
I so love your pages. They are calming, and a rabbit for the season! Lovely green space.
those monochromatic papers are such a great way to add interest and layers and still show restraint. It has such a calming feel to it. at a glance I could easily read the words reflect and ponder. It's only as you zoomed in that I saw the words "eat cake" and it cracked me up. love the whole thing.
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