So far, my approach with the art journal has been just to play. Experience color and texture and see what happens. This has not, however, resulted in consistently satisfying results.
Recently I noticed some folk art vertical landscapes on Pinterest, like this one, and I thought that might be something I could manage. I definitely had lots of inspiration from photos I've taken while traveling or out hiking.
I started with a photograph I took of a deserted farm in Iceland. I had been taking pictures of horses across the street, and when I headed back to the car I noticed the farm and grabbed a few shots. Looking back at the pictures, I wished I had spent more time with the subject.
But I can spend time with it now. I began by sketching out an idea in the little journal I carry with me.
By the time I got home from work Friday night, I was eager to get started, and had a completed page a few hours later. (I was delayed until today in getting it posted, due to bad lighting).
I sketched out my idea into my art journal, then laid down a foundation of acrylic paint. I added texture to the meadow with a book page and modeling paste with a Tim Holtz stencil. I also used a Tim Holtz stencil and black embossing paste on the roadway. I then went in with another layer of acrylic paint, finishing off with a Simon Says Stamp star stencil and silver embossing paste for the night sky.
I love the texture and golden color of the field. And I think the subject works much nicer as a symmetrical design, rather than offset as is is in the original photo.