Hand-lettering and loose florals are some of my go to options for mark making on my art journal pages. I adore the pretty effect they create and they pair so nicely with a really wide range of other images. Whilst I was waiting to move onto the main focal point, I lightly sketched out some cheats handlettering in pencil (this is basically a swirly capital letter combined with cursive script).
Paint four uneven circles in a cluster to form the flower petals. A sport of stickles glitter in the centre of each cluster represents the pistil and pulls the flower together. Use different colours to provide contrast and help the eye see individual flowers. Paint in wonky oval/teardrop shapes for the leaves, again in a different colour.
At this point I was ready to pull the pages together with all the final elements and finishing touches. The collage flowers were a bit bigger than I initially anticipated, so I only needed one of them. I glued it to the righthand page and painted some larger loose flowers in the same style as before to create repetition across both pages and bring unity to the piece as a whole.
I then used the small circles I created from the off cuts as the centres for the loose flowers, gluing them in place. This provides further continuity from the large centre flower.
Working in the rule of threes for an even composition, I added three small squares to each outside page edge. This mirrors the three clusters of painted flowers and helps create layers within the composition. The eye naturally moves from the centre of the page and the large collage flower, to the painted flowers and finally to the three small squares at the edges of the page.