To counter the gray bleak weather, I got out my Moleskine journal and worked on some autumn pages.
I really like this spread. I used acrylic paints in a fall palette and just added mottled splotches all over the page to resemble an autumn forest. On the right, I pasted in an actual photo of some of the trees bordering the Christmas tree farm that we often ride through at the top of the hill at our mountain place.
I made a transparency on the computer of the same photo, and sewed it on the top and bottom of the left-side page using hand stitching. Then I machine-stitched a piece of ribbon on the left edge. This page now has almost a holographic effect.
Above the photo on the right side, I hand-printed a quotation from John Muir directly on to the painted surface.
Journal pages are a great place to try out various techniques. On this one, I used a real oak leaf both as a positive and negative image. I printed with it on the left, and painted around it on the right. I closed the journal while the paint was still wet, and some of the orange paint colored in the leaf on the right.
His "white flag" is sticking up on the left side of the photo between two tree trunks. That is often the view we see of deer. By the time we know they are there, they are running away!