On this page, I wanted to pay tribute to Bryce Canyon National Park, which has a special place in my heart. I started with a background of blue paint. Then built up layers of brown, peach, metallic copper, and white to build the hoodoos of the park. I used acrylic ink to write the title and for the ink drops. I stamped a text border along the edge. Then stamped some tissue paper with a text stamp and used semi-gloss gel medium to apply it to the page.
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Our whole family has been sick. My youngest had it the worst and missed a whole week of school. I started this page last Tuesday when I was home taking care of him. I eventually got sick, and finished the page on Saturday. I used a gift card to apply the background paint to the page. I have read about many people doing this, so I finally gave it a whirl. There are traits I like about this method — quick, fast drying, doesn’t take much paint. An attribute I didn’t care for was that with light colors the paint was so thin it was transparent, which could work for some techniques, but wasn’t what I was going for. The first hand print I tried had to be done again, since the paint dried on my hand before I was ready. When I did it again, I applied a thicker layer of paint and slapped it on as fast as I could!
This a page I actually made in November. The base of this page is “Sharpie ghosting” which I learned about on this video:
The inspiration for this page came from the product label/cover from Corn Pops cereal bowls that are used in the lunch program where I work. I really liked the way the label looked. I also used the dull silver from the back of the label to make hearts. My MIL stamped the tissue paper I used on the page. It was gift wrap from a present she gave me. I like the cartoon-y feel of the page.
Okay, maybe it didn’t all start with cardboard. But I want to share the cardboard pieces that eventually led me to art journaling. I mentioned in the post “my journey” that I was working on a project for my grad. class, through Lesley University about integrating the arts into the curriculum, when I discovered art journaling. The project was a personal exploration in the arts. I chose to work in the visual arts. My goal was to work through some of the hang-ups that had held me back in the past:
That I was not “good enough” to produce art.
I worried about “wasting” supplies.
I was also worried about making mistakes.
I also wanted to try out some of the techniques and supplies I had learned about in grad. school from my professors and cohort members.
I started working on some pieces of corrugated cardboard. I bought my first container of gesso! I had never heard of gesso until recently, and this mysterious product made me feel like a “real” artist.
I played with gel mediums, acrylic ink ,and crackle paint for the first time. I tore, glued, collaged, stamped, and outlined on these pieces.
I wasn’t sure what to do the finished pieces, and I had used my immediate supply of corrugated cardboard. So I began surfing the net for other ideas. That’s when I discovered art journaling. It seemed to be something I might like and a perfect place to keep my artwork explorations for my class. I tried it and was immediately hooked. I love my art journal. It has changed and impacted my life in a way far beyond what I ever imagined.