1} I glued scraps of paper onto the pages. They will get mostly covered up later, but I like the texture that they add to the page.
2} I covered the page with water-soluble oil pastels in a variety of colors and then with white acrylic. The oil pastels give a tinge of color to the white background. Then I used a variety of printmaking techniques on the pages: a toilet paper roll makes the large circle, bubble wrap makes the circular pattern, and then the birds and stars are hand-carved stamps from a wine cork.
3} Next, I applied focal images. In this case I used paint swatches sewn together to make the bird and the heart with wings.
4} I finished the page off with adding a quote and accentuating the focal images with black ink. Lastly I coated the entire page with Modge Podge to protect the surface and to ensure that the focal images stay glued to the page.
be as a bird perched on a frail branch
that she feels bending beneath her,
and still she sings away, knowing she has wings