Thursday, October 18, 2018

I Dream of World Peace by Jenny

It sounds so Miss Universe to say that I dream of world peace, but wouldn't it be the most incredible thing ever? I have dreamed of many things (my son's safety and happiness, to sell my art, to live by the sea, be a ballerina or tap dancer, travel the world, have an Old English Sheepdog, and more), but to have world peace would be amazing. So that's what I chose to create inside Robyn's book...

image showing the planning stage
How it started... searched the internet-verse for a globe of our Earth that showed Australia and a dove that matched what the idea in my head looked like. I was going to include an olive branch too but used gold "ribbon" instead as its near Christmas and a bauble felt like a good idea at the time.

watercolour painting featuring a dove and the Earth by Jenny James
Working on watercolour paper, I sketched out the bird, globe's circle and a rough idea on where the words would be drawn. All painting has been done using my Gansai Tambi Watercolour Paints.  The dove was first, using white and a hint of blue for shading.

dove painted in white and blue
Once the feathers were dry, I painted in the eye with black.
The Earth's circle was painted only in water first, then while still wet I added dark and light blue with touches of yellow. I love watching paint blend :) As it dried, I touched it up with more of the dark blue to make it more like a sphere.

watercolour painting featuring a dove and the Earth by Jenny James
I cut a circle out of scrap paper and used the outer piece as a mask. Then I could spatter white splats on the Earth without getting it everywhere else. I then gave the bird more shadows and coloured his beak and feet.

image showing the dove and the Earth
Once everything was completely dry, I added the ombre yellow background. To do this I started at the darker edge and blended the yellow with more and more water as it was painted across to the opposite side.
World Peace with Earth and a Dove
Next was the gold ribbon and clasp for the Earth bauble. I used a beautiful acrylic paint by Finnabair called Dragon's Eye - its a bright gold that shimmers and sparkles!
To create the words "world peace" I used a black calligraphy marker with a chisel tip.

Hope is never lost, dreamer of dreams for peace happiness and love
The next day I felt it needed something else, but didn't want to add my usual stamping and stenciling over the background. So I had a wander through my Tim Holtz Stickers and Quote Chips, and used them to add some of my thoughts to the page.

Hope is never lost for dreamers of peace, happiness and love on Earth for all.

Thanks for reading my blog post, I hope it made you smile!

Have a happy day!


  1. Wonderful Jenny! Perfect sentiment, and love your execution!

  2. So beautifully done Jenny🌎🌎🌎

  3. Love it Jenny. I hope it comes true one day in our time.

  4. Beautiful spread again Jenny. Love seeing your process develop.

    1. Thanks so much Pam :D Its wonderful that others like what I do, so grateful <3

  5. Oh Jenny I adore your beautiful page. So simple and eloquent- art journaling at its best xx


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