Monday, February 28, 2011

The Sketchbook Challenge: {Opposites}

Squeezing in a new art journal page prompted by February's theme (before February is over at midnight tonight...already?!), Opposites, at The Sketchbook Challenge!

Initially, I was unsure what direction I would go with this theme. Yes, there are a lot of options, but nothing spoke to me. Then, earlier this month, I got a migraine from Hades.

The Sketchbook Challenge - Opposites

And with it, came something that I had never experienced before, an aura.  Scared the bleepers out of me!

The progression from everything being just fine & dandy, to altered sight, to loss of peripheral vision seemed as opposite as could be to me....and something I really wanted to translate with my hands.

I started with one paragraph of an email I zipped off to my Four Musketeers the next morning about what happened, copied and pasted over and over, printed onto cardstock and cut to create three columns.

The far left is left completely untouched.

Art Journal Page

For the middle column, I used colored pencils, spica glitter pens, pearlescent paint, and dimensional adhesive...a lot of dimensional adhesive! (It is always sooo hard not to touch that liquid pool while it dries!)

And on the right I used Distress Inks to show the darkness that followed that wonky wacky aura.


The light was reflecting off the dimensional adhesive, regardless of turning the flash off and moving it out of direct light (artificial or natural), but I did my best! :>

Not only was it fun to get the creative on, but it helped to put something that scared me and felt so intangible down on paper and into my art journal.  Thankfully, there has not been a migraine with aura repeat and I would very much love that to be a one time only experience!


Thanks so much for stopping in!  Have you gotten your creative on?  What were you up to over the weekend?

Linking up!


  1. I sometimes have auras with a migraine, and it is pretty freaky. You've captured it well.

  2. Oh wow! Love how you translated that aura onto paper.

    Hope that migraine goes far far away!

  3. WOW, my dear! THIS IS AMAZING! YOUR creative and expressionistic impulses NEVER cease to delight me! VERY COOL! And I agree with Yvonne - I hope your migraine is FAR FAR away! xoxo!

  4. Wow! That would be scary! I loveeeeeeee what you have created to represent what happened! Thanks for visiting my blog too! I appreciate it! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  5. Oh yuck, those are the worst! My worst migraine, I saw little twinkle lights. lol Booooooo!

    Very cool you got yours down on paper though, I love the way you tracked your progression with the adhesive and ink!

  6. Not sure if I've ever gotten a true migraine. I have nerve problems from my C-spine which occasionally translate to killer headaches that put me in bed, lights out, until they pass. I've never had the aura effect...that would be scary, I think.

  7. Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about your migraine and hope you'll never have to go through that much pain again.

    You really did an incredible job of representing your experience through your art. Incredible!

    Always a pleasure to have you be a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17



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