I created the bird first on a sheet of text larger than my journal page (from an old encyclopedia) so that I could tilt the text to match the flight of the bird. I drew the bird (I think it is a tern) on the page (pencil, then black marker) and painted in head top, beak and feet. (I put gesso over the page first). Then I painted around the image with a mixture of green and blues and yellows. I trimmed it to fit my journal page size and then I sewed it into my journal (you can see the sewing on the left edge.) When I am not sure how something will work out, I sometimes work outside the journal and trim it to fit, as I did in this case.