The Art Journal

Lately, I’ve been art journaling more frequently. The other day I decided to draw a design on the page and then add color with small brushes. I am pleased with the result.

Art journal page. Orange, grey, purple, red.
Shapie, acrylics, tissue wrap.

The next thing I wanted to try was painting on top of photographs that I printed out. It didn’t work the way I wanted, so I ended up covering the images completely and trying something else.

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The next thing I’d like to try is recreating some of my digital pieces with real paint and other media. I might start with this one.

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Inspiration Collage

For her most recent Inspiration Wednesday, Donna Downey worked from her stash of washi tape. I attempted to follow suit using my meager tape (not all actual washi) supply. What I did was very different from Donna’s work. It became more of an exercise in collage. I tried to use up some of my artsy scraps. This is what it turned out to be. I had fun!






I found the answer

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I worked on this one over the course of about three days. I used Sargent Art White, Grumbacher Red, Liquitex Basics Mars Black, and Liquitex Basics Cerulean Blue.  I added torn pages from a philosophy encyclopedia and a title from a book of sheet music. I used stencils that I bought at Michaels.

There were many iterations, and I was usually patient enough to let one layer dry before adding something new.  I find that if I walk away from something I like it better upon a second viewing.

My idea is to try a 10 x 10 canvas based on this palette.

Here are the various phases that the pages went through.

 

 

Not a Studio

In the Cat Room

I don ‘t have an art studio. I have a cat room. I could easily use that as an excuse to not make art, but I have other excuses like not having enough time or not being good enough. I’m getting too old for these excuses. If I don’t get to work soon, I will run out of time.

This Blog

I started this blog to make myself get serious about making art. I want it to be a regular practice–something that nurtures my soul. I plan to share my exploration of mixed-media and art journaling techniques. Currently, I’m signed up for Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday and Tamara Laporte’s Life Book 2016. I’ve worked on some of the Inspiration Wednesday exercises, but I’ve done none of the Life Book lessons. It’s that thing about not having enough time.

Photo of messy craft table
My table and supplies.

My assignment for today is to at least gesso the next two pages in my journal.

Photo of open journal with blank pages
The proverbial blank pages.

I’ll do some work in it tonight or tomorrow. I’ll post the final results toward the end of the week, or maybe sooner. The journal, by the way, is one I bought from Donna Downey’s store.

Writing this post is a big step in the right direction for me. Gotta keep the momentum going!

One more thing…

I was watching one of those tiny house shows today. It featured a woman looking to buy and move into a tiny house. She was an artist. I looked at her and thought, I want to be called an artist. I want to live the life of an artist. That is just too cool!