Friday, 19 September 2014

Create: Art Journal Everyday

Hi Friends,

Thanks for visiting. Here's my art journal page for this week.

Sept 19_1

It started as a page for a class I'm teaching next week at The Paperie that wasn't working out.

I didn't take any pics but I did make notes. Here's how it started out.

Layer 1: Gesso with a palette knife.
Layer 2: Marks in the gesso using cardboard and paper towel tubes.
Layer 3: I made a glaze using Polished Jade Dylusions spray ink and Liquitex Glazing Medium. You can't see that layer but it was gorgeous.
Layer 4: Stamping with stamps and black Archival Ink.
Layer 5: Stamping in paint with found objects. You can see the Golden Fluid Acrylic in Quinacridone Magenta in the top right corner.
Layer 6: Then I added letter stickers to spell "create" and sprayed with more Polished Jade. It was too dark so I misted with White Linen Dylusions ink. I was trying to create and contrast so when I removed the letter stickers you could read the word. It didn't work and that's when I stopped.

When I came back to this page, the letter stickers were good and stuck and I ripped them when I tried to pull them off. It turned out to make a cool texture. So I left it and colored over it with a charcoal pencil.

Sept 19_4

Then I journaled what I was feeling. A note to remind myself that being creative everyday is more important than worrying about making perfect or beautiful art. I worry about those kinds of things more than I like.

Then I picked up a Lyra watercolor crayon and made a circle. I didn't think about it too much but I liked how it looked so I did it a bunch of times - lots of different sizes and colors.

Sept 19_2

I blended the color with a wet brush and decided to try adding some shading. So, I used the black Lyra crayon and shaded all the circles. It was too dark and heavy so I blended with a wet brush and blotted off some of the color with a paper towel to get that grungy look. Fun and easy to do. 

Sept 19_3

Then some splashes of white paint to lighten up the page. It reacted with the Dyluions Polished Jade under there and became teal like.

Sept 19_8

And finally, some stamping on the circles using an old Hero Art text stamp. It's discontinued but I love it.

Sept 19_5

And here's a closeup of some of the texture. I really love it when my page has lots of texture.

Sept 19_7

So, that's it for me. If you have any questions, just leave me a note in the comments.

Wishing you lots of creative time this weekend!



  1. I'm so glad you are blogging again! I missed your posts. I love this page. It has such great colour and texture.

    1. Thanks, Karen. It's good to be back. And thanks for your kind words about my page - it means a lot.

  2. I decided to revisit and I just LOVE your art journaling pages!!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!

  3. Preciosa strength, color and texture. Hugs

  4. I love these circles! and the stamped text...and the flicks of white...all of it, really!

    Shine on!