I used my favorite color, aqua/turquoise, to base this page. I used a stencil and inked over it with Liquitex silver acrylic ink. I added some blotches and scrapes of other paint around the page. I added a border and title. Then I journaled about creating in my art journal and some sources of my inspiration.
Monthly Archives: October 2010
Art journaling has made me feel creative and artistic. In the past, I felt like a failure when it comes to visual art. I could craft, but not create art. But through my grad. classes with Lesley University, I have broadened my view of what is art and explored more. I found a passion in art journaling. And found I love to combine words and art. I really loved what I was doing in my art journal and began to feel like I was really creating art! The process of prepping my pages with gesso has made me feel like a real artist, so that is what I wrote directly onto the gesso. I dropped blobs of acrylic ink onto the page and used silver acrylic ink to make a border. “Real” is from a magazine.
Ironically, this page where I was thinking about color came out very un-colorful. I tried out a color from my set of inexpensive watercolor paints. This was the first time I had used this color. I smooshed plastic wrap into the wet paint and let it dry. Later I pulled up the plastic wrap. I knew I wanted to use some paint chips from my collection. I really wanted to use this large 4 shade card, but loved the look of a card I had that had a hole in it. That gave me the idea of punching some holes into the card. I used a small leaf punch from the dollar section of Michael’s. I decoupaged the paint card and the leaf cut-outs onto the page with Mod Podge. I used my finger to smudge black ink around the leaves and leaf holes. I Bic Wite-Out pen to write word and a fine point black pen to outline page elements. I would not use Mod Podge if I were doing this now. I now know Mod Podge (glossy at least) stays tacky forever. The white line on the third rectangle down is from my page sticking to the opposite page and ripping a bit off when I separated them. Arggh!
I love this page. I decided to try rubber cement resist. I put blobs of rubber cement on the page and let it dry. I painted the page with watercolors and let that dry. I dropped Liquitex acrylic ink onto the page. Then blew it around with a straw. I love the look, but wanted to pass out after a while.
One of my favorite pages. I wrote the names of people and animals that have been in my life the last few years with a white Uni-Ball Signo pen. Then I washed watercolor over the page. I doodled the heart with wings and page border. I painted thinned red Folk Art metallic paint over the heart and polka dotted it over the page. I used thinned white paint for the wings and right page edge.