There are a million reasons I haven't started:
- I am scared of blank pages.
- I like to create art in small spaces - that's why I like cards.
- There are too many pretty art journals out there for me to make an attempt.
- I haven't found the "right" journal yet.
- I don't have good handwriting.
- I have nothing to journal.
- I love France Papillon and no way can I make anything like what she makes.
I spent about $1.50 of my haul on two books I thought would make good candidates for an art journal.:
Today, after class, I decided to get started, with some nice bright colors to combat our horrid grey skies. Homegirl needs to see the sun - STAT!
I decided I would do art journaling for the senile. Traditionally, people do two page layouts - I thought since I do like the smaller space of a single page, that I'd do one page, and keep color notes on the other page in case I stumble on a combo I want to recreate.
First, I coated both pages lightly with a credit card and American Journey Gesso - I love this gesso because it's the only one that was made to work with watercolor - traditional gessos don't work with watercolor very well. I dried it with my heat gun. I made sure to let the original book page show through - I like that the soul of my book will still be there, although the book worshipers will not be mollified by this.
On the right, I stamped the image from the new Sale-A-Bration set - A Happy Thing - in Yellow Citrus Chalk Ink. Then I painted it with a combination of Golden Fluid Acrylics (I love these because they behave more like watercolor), Lukas watercolor, acrylic paint and graphite (all paints listed below.) I dried it all with a heat gun, and stamped the greeting from Hello Life on top.
On the left is the senility map. I took an old gift card, cut it into three long strips, and used those as palette knives to swipe cool colors I used upward, and warm colors downward. As I used them on the right, I added them on the left. When I was done, I labeled all the colors with a Pitt Pen.
I think this method will work for me because it's more of a technique journal than a book full of diary entries.
I really enjoyed it and completely forgot about the cold rain and grey air outside.
Here's a list of the things I used on this spread in case you can't read my writing:
- American Journey Gesso
- Golden Fluid Acrylics - Hansa Yellow Light, Green Gold, Indian Yellow Hue, Quinacridone Magenta, Hansa Yellow Medium
- Faber Castell 9000 Jumbo 6B pencil (I shaded around the lemon and rubbed this with my finger)
- Lukas Aquarelle Watercolor - Cyan
- Liquitex Titanium White Acrylic Paint
So it's no France Papillon, but I like it, and I STARTED! The rest is easy.
Fun way to spend an afternoon.
I'll be back tomorrow with my class projects and the WINNERS of my Season's Giving drawings - some of you are going to be very happy!