I completed this mixed media painting, entitled Abstract Female, in my art journal today.
Originally, her face was too wide and her chin was too long. A few years ago, I would not have gone in and changed the structure of her face thinking that I'd mess things up. Now I'm confident enough to paint over a portion of a painting that is not working and begin anew.
I created her abstract hair with toothpicks and acrylic paint.
Take a few minutes to read the complete post for more thoughtful ideas.
Via the Painting About site, I came upon this updated post on Tips for Keeping a Sketchbook or Visual Journal written by Lisa Marder. She lists the benefits of sketchbooking and also offers tips. Here are a few that caught my interest:
Check out the complete article for more ideas.
When I travel, I always pack a large canvas bag filled with art supplies and my art journals. My bag usually contains Micron pens, mechanical pencils, assorted markers, favorite art stamps, ink pad, watercolor paints, small scissors, glue sticks, collage papers, sketch pad and my current art journal.
Today I came across a related post on Travel Journals and Art Supplies for Your Next Adventure written by Lisa Sonora. She offers some great tips. I like her idea of using cosmetic bags to hold small supplies and tucking in a package of moist hand wipes. Check out her post for more ideas.
I worked on this art journal page today. The image came from an issue of Womankind magazine which is produced in Australia. The magazine offers the most interesting articles and beautiful photography. And there aren't any advertisements within the issues.
I used a Fude Ball pen for the lettering. The pen easily writes on acrylic painted surfaces. Although it is supposed to be waterproof, the pen does smear. Hence the gray smudges around a couple of my letters. I need to find another alternative pen for lettering.
I had been toying with the idea of purchasing a Midori Traveler's Notebook. But the starter kit is pricey: $49.50 on Jet Pens.
Yesterday, I was at Michael's and came upon (Recollections) Midori-style Notebooks and Inserts at 70% off. Bottomline, I purchased the notebook for $4.49 (Regular $14.99) and the insert for $1.49 (Regular $4.49). That satisfies my Midori needs right now.
The notebook would also make a great art journal.
I completed this page in my Fabric Angel Book today. That's three pages completed in about one week.
I also began work on this page. I cut a vintage bib and glued it on the page edge. Then I pasted a fabric page on top of the cut bib to cover the raw edges. The fabric page already had a cherub stenciled on it with gesso. It may be difficult to see the cherub in the photograph.
I coated both the stenciled page and bib in matte medium. The matte medium provides a protective coating to pages covered in gesso.
The fabric pages do take a lot of work. I'm going to take a break from the angel book and experiment with some other projects in the coming days.
I finished this page in my Fabric Angel Book today. I think the image would also make a great transfer on fabric or paper.
I tried pasting the lace trim onto the page edges with double-sided tape which didn't work. Then, I tried white glue but that wasn't successful either. Finally, I used Aleene's The Ultimate Multi-Surface Adhesive and that worked. I just discovered this glue and purchased it for embellishing jewelry. The adhesive certainly came in handy today.
Here's an art journal page that I just finished today. First, I painted some abstract poppies on the page with frisket. Since I used a brush, the stems are a bit thick.
Next, I sprayed on Primary Magenta and Turquoise Misters. I like using the DecoArt Media brand because the misters are permanent. The water soluble sprays reactivate when another medium is applied on top of them. Then, I added some text stampings and pigment ink. Last, I rubbed off the frisket.
I recently purchased a FINELINE Applicator which I'm going to fill with frisket. The applicator will enable me to draw more delicate lines.
Artist Lynne Butt from TextileArtist site
"I like to work on different types of paper, and often put a coloured wash over pages, I paste in scraps of paper to add texture to drawings, I like to use charcoal and pastels for drawing so that I can smudge them."
"I tear the edges of the pages and then carefully paint along the torn edge (giving an aged effect). Layers of pages with torn edges are wonderful and I often photograph these sections using a macro lens which gives lovely blurred out of focus edges."
Since I enjoy working in art journals and incorporating fabric into my own mixed media pieces, I enjoyed reading about Lynn. Take some time to check out the TextileArtist site. There's a lot of good information here.
Today, I did a second rendition of the painting that I completed yesterday for the Cross-Country Clearprint Collaborative Art Project. The dimensions that I had to work with yesterday were 8" x 6."
So today I decided to experiment with a bigger format: 12" x 12" in my art journal. This larger format gave me more room for the quote. My next experiment may be with different colors of acrylic paint.
In January, I signed up for Donna Downey's 2016 Inspiration Wednesday series.
I've been so busy that I haven't viewed any of the videos yet. However, yesterday I completed my art journal for the program.
I used cardstock for the interior pages (as suggested by Donna). To keep the project simple, I purchased 12" x 12" cardstock and folded the pages in half. I didn't want to do any cutting. I created a two-hole signature for the book.
Since I haven't done any bookbinding in a while, my signatures came out a bit loose. To remedy the situation, I added glue to the signature folds. I then covered them with wax paper and clamped the pages with small binder clips. I let the signatures dry overnight.
Next, I covered two boards with sheet music fabric. I added a button and fastener to the boards. I glued the end sheets to the boards and my art journal is done.
We were in Richmond, VA for a couple of days. I saw this advertisement for a Virginia Festival in one of those free city magazines. The circus image immediately called to me to make an art journal page.
I cut out the promotional words, created a character for the center of the page, added the word artist and incorporated some doodles. Art journaling can be both relaxing and fun.
"Doodling Your Way to a More Mindful Life: Doodling is not just a way to think differently; it’s a way to feel differently, too. From emerging studies, we are learning that art expression may actually help individuals reconnect thinking and feeling, thus bridging explicit (narrative) and implicit (sensory) memory."
"The wonderful thing about doodling is that it is a whole brain activity—spontaneous, at times unconscious, self-soothing, satisfying, exploratory, memory-enhancing, and mindful. In essence, doodling (and drawing and painting and making things in general) can be a self-regulating experience as well as a pleasurable road map of thoughts and ideas."
Malchiodi makes a good point for creating on a daily basis. Check out the complete post for more insightful ideas.
Originally, this was an Anthropologie catalog page of drab black & white flowers.
I decided to experiment in my art journal. First, I covered the (glued down page) with matte medium. After it dried, I mixed watercolor paints with matte medium to colorize the image. For the best results, I painted on thin layers of the mixture. The latter tended to dry out very quickly.
Next, I plan to highlight the flowers with colored pencils. I like how the experiment turned out and plan to try working with other black & white images. I did notice that this technique works best with heavier paper, not bond-type paper.
Yesterday, I completed the cover for the Fabric Angel Book that I worked on at the Art & Soul Retreat (in Virginia Beach) last Fall.
I also applied additional embellishments to the cover. I still have a few blank fabric pages to complete. But I wanted the satisfaction of finally putting the book together.
Here's another page I just finished in my No Pressure Art Journal.
For the background, I used a scrap of manuscript-type wallpaper. I found a lengthy quote in a Restoration Hardware (RH) catalog. I cut out the words that I didn't need to re-create the above quote.
BTW, I just love RH catalogs. They feature the most unusual and really lovely items that make for good art journaling fodder. I also purchase items from their catalogs. I hope that atones for using their images in my mixed media art.
A while back I picked up an inexpensive journal, with lined pages, in B&N. I liked the feel of the book and decided to turn it into a No Pressure Art Journal.
I enjoy working in the journal with no end goal in mind. Sometimes I paste in odds and ends of papers. Alternately, I will splash on paint with abandonment. For this page, I used catalog pages, Teesha Moore scraps and my own paper bits. I may hand letter some words on the page too.
We were away for a few days in Williamsburg. I went to a writer's meeting. And Ron went on a Ghost Walk in Colonial Williamsburg.
Via the Mindful Art Studio blog, I discovered this resource: Ten Handmade Art Journals You'll Want to Make.
Check out the article and the other creative ideas on the blog too. Then create your own personalized art journal.
I do not often work with acrylic inks. But today I covered a page in my moleskine art journal with some deep blue acrylic ink. I added some designs with the stencil that I used yesterday and purple pigment ink.
Next, I pasted down some strips of tissue paper on the page - and added more stencil designs. I may keep the page as it is - or add an accent embellishment.
During a recent shopping trip, I discovered a bottle of acrylic craft paint in a caramel color. This shade of paint seemed to be a new product. I just knew that I had to experiment with the color.
I began the background of my art journal page with the caramel paint mixed with some white acrylic paint. To get some texture going, I rubbed in some dark brown PanPastels. I then added some stamping and stencils to the page.
I think I'll do some more experimenting with the carmel paint.
The background for this Art Journal page actually came from a Whole Foods flyer. Earlier, when I was working with some watercolors, I used the flyer as liner to protect my desk.
This resulted in some lovely abstract watercolor stains on the flyer. So I pasted it in my moleskine journal. Then I began applying various shades of Gelatos, paints, inks and markers to the page. As you can see, I obliterated a good deal of the watercolor stains.
All in all, I like the final effect of the page.
I created this art journal page with paper scraps from catalogs, decorative paper and fabric strips. To unify the page, I applied purple ink.
I seem to have an affinity for sheep - I paint them, hook them (as in rug hooking) and collage with them too. They are such gentle souls.
Image from Colonial Williamsburg site
One of my favorite areas to visit in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia are the Leicester Longwool Sheep grazing in the meadow. Aren't they beautiful?
One of my favorite sources for collage images continues to be Anthropologie catalogs. I like to use the bold photographs as background pages in my art journals. I then incorporate verbiage from different pages or entirely different issues of their catalogs to complete the collage.
To enhance this page, I added brown oil pastels and turquoise PanPastels.
This morning I had good intentions of de-cluttering my Studio. But I was soon sidetracked by working on this Art Journal page. Does that happen to you?
The page consists of Gelli prints and paper scraps. However, the main goal of my art making was to paste down the quote about birds before it got lost in my piles of papers. The quote came from a book review about birds - and it really resonated with me.
The colors in my Art Journal page are much softer in person than they appear on my blog.
Many times I like to use recycled pages instead of paint for the backgrounds of my Art Journal Pages. The background pages may come from magazines, catalogs, travel brochures and guides.
For these two journal pieces, I used pages from a Naval Museum Tour Guide. The page above is actually the cover of the guide. I added some text and washes of acrylic paint. I like the resulting dreamy look and may not add anything else to the page.
There was also a vellum sheet in the guide covered with blueprint-type images. The latter made for a nice background. I then added Gelli print scraps and collage images from a Teesha Moore Collage Sheet. I plan to add a quote to the page.
Look through your piles of catalogs and magazines to find interesting background pages for your Art Journal.
The background on this art journal page came from a Gelli print.
I next used a portion of an Art Supply Warehouse paper bag and words from a magazine and lifestyle catalog.
I wonder if this page offers a message. Such as; Art Supplies and a Creative Mood Board can Potentially Grow Awe-Inspiring Art. It's funny how one's art journal pages can channel mystical messages.
The May 23 Challenge for The Documented Life Project is Cheesecloth.
First, I covered my art journal page with modeling paste and then embedded cheesecloth into the plaster. I added the word color with the paste and a stencil. I let this dry overnight.
I framed the page edges with two styles of pastel printed tissue paper. Next, I glued on scraps of floral napkins. I first used blue acrylic paint to cover the page and later added some pink acrylic paint.
Last, I distressed the page edges with a dark brown ink pad. The photograph doesn't quite pick up the heavy texture of the plaster and the cheesecloth - nor the soft colors of the finished piece. I do like the organic look of the dried cheesecloth - all those interesting veins on the page.
In my small art journal, I created this background piece by layering on acrylic paints with an old credit card. Next, I stamped script text all over the page.
Since I didn't put gesso on the back of the page, there are some wrinkles on the paper. I'm OK with that. I plan to add a simple painting on top of the background.
Here's an Art Journal page that I completed today in my small moleskine.
The background paper is a Gelli print. The collage pieces on the top, bottom and right-hand side of the page come from Teesha Moore. The circles on the left come from an old magazine.
I added some art stamps, words and black ink embellishments to complete the page.
I was testing out different paints on a scrap of muslin. Next, I wanted to see how a stamped image would appear on the painted surface. I glued the fabric scrap in my moleskine and added other torn pieces of paper, some acrylic paint - and that's how this art journal page evolved.
Playing with paper scraps can turn into a satisfying endeavor. No pressure. No purpose. Just playing with the pieces.
Here's the beginning of a page in my small Art Journal. I may just add some shading and words. I want to keep this page simple.
It's unusually cold here in North Carolina so I switched from my daily walks in Nature to the tread mill at the Fitness Center. Studies indicate that walking indoors or outdoors similarly boosts creative inspiration.
However, I read another study that claims walking outdoors is more conducive to creativity. I agree with the latter study since I feel so much more expansive and inspired when I walk outside and observe the sky, trees and wildlife.
Still, one advantage of the treadmill is that I get more time to read. I was re-reading the book, The Muse Is In: An Owner's Manual to Your Creativity written by Jill Badonsky today.
I liked what she said about summoning up your muse: "Act Nonchalant - Starting an activity with the intention of just playing to pass the time or have fun can relax the same pressure that turns into creative blocks. Make time for just toying with something, not for the best seller, the perfect art or the brilliant invention."
How do you invite your muse to play?
I worked on this collaged Art Journal page primarily to test out the Elmer's X-TREME Extra Strength Washable School Glue Stick. I learned about it from a fellow-art journaler.
I really don't think it differs from other glue sticks that I've tried. In fact, after using it, I had to reinforce the page edges with some tacky glue to achieve a better bond. Some of the papers that I chose were the shiny magazine-type pages which are usually difficult to glue. Still, the glue stick did not work well on plain paper either.
Customer reviews, on Amazon, noted that this product is made in China. I'm still on the hunt for a dependable glue stick, preferably made in the USA.
Although I do not care for fast food, the tag line on Hardee's bags - Eat Like You Mean It - has always intrigued me. I cut up the bag and took some poetic license by changing the phrase to - Create Like You Mean It.
The art journal page was first painted with different shades of metallic acrylic paint in rectangle shapes. I then used silver and gold pigment inks to stencil in some shapes. To add more color, I next used the stencil with gold gilder's paste. Last, I added lines with a Stabilo pencil.
This weekend, remember to Create Like You Mean It.