The joy of art journaling is in the freedom from pre-conceived results...from even having a result...sometimes I just want to gesso over everything and close the page. This journal page began as a love affair with gelatoes and modeling paste. Once I had a highly textured surface of green and purple paisley shapes, I just didn't want to cover it up. Weeks later an dried hibiscus flower fell out of a book where I had stashed it to dry. The tissue thin, translucent petals needed a permanent home encased in gel medium...so I impulsively glued them to my pages. The color of the bloom faded so I amped it up with a sheen of Lumiere halo pink paint and added the contrast of the dried painted fern... so by now I was down the rabbit hole, adding shading with pencil and light with gilding paste. Enough. The perfect text for this overly embellished journal entry sprung to mind so I found some Gelli printed deli paper and wrote the quotation with gold pen. Thus the gold is gilded and the lily (hibiscus) is painted.