Sketch: Adding text to this flower painting

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I decided to start an art journal, so today's sketch is painted in book form. I've been wanting to add text to my collages and paintings, but, until this painting, I haven't been satisfied with the results. I think I figured it out: I don't like my "things" labeled for me. I found myself distracted when I pasted or wrote words on the canvas. This time, I wrote out song lyrics onto tissue paper and pasted them in backwards (which also takes care of any copyright issues). The writing blended into the background and I was freed from treating the words so preciously. I had no problems painting over them. I can purchase preprinted tissue paper with text, but I like using my own handwriting since no one else will have paper like this. I'm satisfied with the results and plan to continue experimenting with text.