I just received Elena's journal from Valerie. It is really quite beautiful. Everyone who has worked in it so far has done such wonderfully detailed pages. Elena had requested that a key be included, so most of the pages have a key/door kind of theme. Mine too.
I'm still really into the collage style, and a funny thing happened. I thought Elena's pages were 8" square, and that's what I did. When I went to put them in the journal, I discovered that they should have been 7"!!
I remembered something Lynne Perella said at her workshops. Some of her favorite elements to add to her collages were the little scraps she'd cut off of other pieces.
So I trimmed my pages down to the proper size, and cut up the trimmings and added most of them to the piece. And I actually think it looks even better this way.
As with my last pages for Valerie, I used lots of gesso (white, this time), acrylics, those water soluble oil pastels, tissue paper, clipart, many random objects for texturing, and some actual rusty old keys.
I already posted the pictures on our yahoo group, and got the thumbs up from Elena.