When I work in journals, my own or any of the collaborative ones I'm involved with, I don't over think....until it's time to add the words. My art, I believe, is more emotional and more honest than my words.
And this little debate I've been having with myself is what has led to the pages I just completed for Tracy's Journal of Dreams.
What I did: the backgrounds are very layered. I started with some Adirondack Color Washes (stream and lettuce) on watercolor paper, then bits of color-stained paper towels, ledger paper, old dictionary pages. More color added with Portfolio water soluble oil pastels and some copper and green glazes.
The head and class picture in the corners of page one are transfers done with stamps and clear contact paper (head) and clear packing tape (class picture). The head is a Tim Holtz stamp, the class picture is from Red Lead.
I stamped Wendy Vecchi's artchick head on white tissue paper with black Archival ink (which is what I also did with the kimono), cut it out and attached it to the page with gel medium. Works a lot like a transfer but minus the heartache transfers often cause (for me).
Some bling, lots of glaze pen doodling, some more stamping, even a few subtle stencils, and done. LOL! That makes it sound like instant art, but actually this was one of the few things I've done that I actually worked on for several days.
With two page spreads, the second page is where my journaling usually goes, and that's when I started thinking the thoughts voiced at the start of this post. Normally I'll google a theme and search for quotes, or (rarely) just write a few sentences about what I've just created.
This time, if you read between the (sparse) lines, my journaling is just telling me to shut up and let the art speak for itself. And that really tickles me.