Hello friends,

Happy Saturday!  It’s cold, wet and windy here today, just perfect for staying indoors… if only the heating was working *sigh*.  Let’s block out the reality of the day with some art journalling…

today’s journal page . . .

Today’s journal page is my Day 6 for AEDM and was inspired by a poem by Emily Brontë called Spellbound and this very unfinished/barely started page in my journal from some time back in May.  I remember I wasn’t happy with her for some reason and so I left her like this and drew another woman on another page.
So whatever the reason was for me not liking her, she is perfect for this page. I did change her mouth a little bit though but otherwise left her as she was originally.

I started by watercolouring her face and neck, then I used black acrylic on her hair and eventually her dress, though it was magenta for a while until I changed my mind about that and made it black.  Then when that was all dry, I started working on the background, which is a collage of various shades of blue papers.

Then I scribbled all over the background with an Indigo Neocolor crayon and activated it with water, which made the background more unified.  I used a black stabilo to draw a wispy shadowy tree in the background, and then added the poem, writing on some white card with a black pen.

The poem Spellbound, by Emily Brontë is as follows.

The night is darkening round me,
The wild winds coldly blow;
But a tyrant spell has bound me
And I cannot, cannot go.
The giant trees are bending
Their bare boughs weighed with snow.
And the storm is fast descending,
And yet I cannot go.
Clouds beyond clouds above me,
Wastes beyond wastes below;
But nothing drear can move me;
I will not, cannot go.

She wasn’t quite dry when I took these photos, her face isn’t so puffy now that the page is dry.

Here is the finished page, too cold and dark for step by steps I’m afraid.  This is another page for the current theme over on Art Journal Journey which is All kinds of Weather, and was chosen by this month’s lovely host, Chris from PearShapedCrafting.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, Pitt artist brush pens, paint pens, watercolour pencils, Polychromos pencils, black pen, white card, glue, matte medium, scrapbook paper, stabilo all, Neocolor IIs,


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November 12, 2021 4:04 am

Oh, I love this! The woman is amazing! Love the background, too! Awesome sauce!

November 8, 2021 11:06 pm

What a transformation! She’s clearly been listening to the poem. Thanks one again for a fantastic page for AJJ, Chrisx

November 7, 2021 10:49 pm

She’s hauntingly beautiful and the poem fits your moody vibe, love it!
Thanks so much for playing in LeighSBDesigns Art Stamps Falling into Winter Hop+Challenge!
Happy Creating!

Wendy K
November 7, 2021 1:53 am

Fabulous love your page and the lovely poem.

November 6, 2021 9:28 pm

wow, love how the backgrund and the face is complementing each other. Beautiful work. 🙂

Erika N
November 6, 2021 9:25 pm

I love it when I finally get to finish a page that has been sitting for awhile. It feels good to finally find the inspiration to complete it. Yours came out great Elle. With that expression she looks like she might be the one casting her spell. She looks great and fits the title perfectly. Have a great rest of the weekend. Hugs-Erika

November 6, 2021 8:34 pm

The poem is beautiful and this page is definitely spellbinding!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
November 6, 2021 6:34 pm

How absolutely adorable, Elle. Your background is stunning, but your lady is superb. I really LOVE the Bronte poem, not just because it went so well with that dark and moody spread, but also because it went so well with Chris’s theme at Art Journal Journey. Just lovely, Elle.

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