November 2020 - What if…? - by Riikka Kovasin

 Moikka! It’s Riikka Kovasin here with my take on the November theme. I started with the technique part and let the page take its direction from the process with the watercolors.

The page started as a meditation of sorts. I cut pieces out of watercolor paper that fitted inside the journal, took some colors and just painted. I didn’t worry about a thing, just added color to the paper and let it spread. I did some of the areas with wet on wet and some using wet on dry. I was almost daydreaming when painting!

I used different shades of blues, turquoises and teals in the background. The watercolors were blue, but on top I used a teal shade of Metallique acrylic paint. To finish the background, I added some stamping in black and doodles in white, teal and green. I continued with the “go with the flow” -style with the acrylic paint and doodles and ended up with quite an abstract background.

As I wanted to show as much as possible of that background, I kept the elements coming on top in minimum. I made a little winged lady using the “Vintage Photobooth” stickers and stamped some wings for her. She needed a backdrop to be more visible from the background, so I added golden foil to the back and decorated her dress with doodles. I guess the golden foil and the style of the markings on her dress were inspired by Tawny Chatmon ( or rather her “The Redemption” series (, in which there’s an echo of another favorite of mine, Gustav Klimt ( The other floating elements, on top of the background, are just words. The “what if…?” is a Finnabair stamp from the set “Dream On” but the other words are stickers. Together they point to a quote by Erin Hanson.

I really liked the idea in the quote that anything is possible. That reminded me of this quote by Erin Hanson: “There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask "What if I fall?" Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” It takes courage to reach for your dreams and goals. But you don’t achieve anything if you don’t reach for it. That’s why I also gave little wings to the lady in the page, to make her soar better.

Thank you for stopping by today! Stay safe and create!

Xoxo Riikka 

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