I thought it would be fun to show how I do some of my art journaling. Its a place to experiment and have fun. I will show the progress from start to finish. Any page I do is finished until I decide to add something to it. But I usually move on to the next page. There are no mistakes in art journals. It is a practice of color use and mark making. I follow many artists and get new ideas. I have learned to use so many products, stencils, paints, paint pens and gel medium. I highly recommend starting an art journal. It will get you going if you need a boost to paint again. You can find art journals at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, WalMart, Amazon. You can make your own. I will have a lot of visuals today. So lets get started.
This is how I began. First I gesso the pages so they hold the paint well. Then I add some favorite colors of bottled acrylics to wash on the page. Just a nice washy mix.
Next I add stenciled areas with another pretty blue. This is where you start making marks and adding interest.
I’m definitely thinking spring. Can you tell. Below is a shot of some of my favorite stencils.
Next more marks with paint pens and stencils and stamps. I just use my regular acrylic brushes on the stencils. Messy works just fine in an art journal.
More stencils and washes of yellow. I have softened some areas of the painting with a light wash of white.
Some new shapes.
More flower- like shapes.
This next shot is how I save paint. I just took colors that I had left over on my pallet and used a pallet knife to smear on the next two pages. They will be the jump start to my next journal page. Love the colors.
Now this feels finished before I start the negative painting. All my shapes and marks will look much different once I define them by painting around what I want to grow in this garden. I used a very pale blue white.
Finished. I keep a special note on my design wall that I use in my head all the time.
I’ll be back with more art and quilting techniques. As far as the George house, Rog is on the hunt for a jet ski again. He couldn’t sleep thinking about it. Its noon and I’m still in my pajamas. I love my life.