Art Journal Morning

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. DSC_0003

Next I add stenciled areas with another pretty blue. This is where you start making marks and adding interest.

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I’m definitely thinking spring. Can you tell. Below is a shot of some of my favorite stencils.

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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.

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More stencils and washes of yellow. I have softened some areas of the painting with a light wash of white.

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Some new shapes.

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More flower- like shapes.

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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.

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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.

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Finished. I keep a special note on my design wall that I use in my head all the time.

“No Risk

No Art

No Art

No Reward”

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.