Friday, June 27, 2014

Rainbow and Swirls with Leaves

This started out as something completely different. I was going for a "pretty" rainbow down the middle of the page. Although it didn't turn out as expected, I kind of liked the drippage and meshing of colors. I went with it and added more drippage. But last night I decided it needed some basic doodling. I added my favorite (at the moment) assortment of swirls and leaves. It's by no means a completed page, but I love the bright colors and flow of the black pattern in the foreground.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Art Journey" Doodle Page

I took 1/2 day off from work the other day. I ran some errands, did a little clothes shopping and sat in the sun for a couple of hours and created the background of this journal page, just the black and white, not the coloring. Just goes to show you how much you can do in a short amount of time with no distractions.

I'd say I'm about halfway through this page as I still have lots of color to add. I found it very relaxing to draw and to color. I find that if I watch someone else doodle (I watch YouTube art videos a lot while I'm working in my journal) that it motivates me and keeps me moving forward. For example, while doing this page I was watching a woman doodle in her journal and listening to her simultaneously respond to her viewer's questions. She said that she makes at least one mistake per page. I found that very empowering! I made at least one "mistake" on this page, but no one would even notice but me!

I love my art journal. It's very cathartic.

I'll upload more pics as I progress.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Home Alone - Life is a Journey Journal Page

My husband was working late last night so I created this page in my art journal - from start to finish. I was following something I found on the internet. My only regret is that the black paint at the top wasn't dark enough. I struggle with finding very dark blacks. I was happy over with how this page came out, though! The background was created with acrylic paints and water. The message was stamped with black archival ink, as were the flowers. The black drips and splats were done with black acrylic paint. I outlined the lettering with red, then yellow colored pencil.

Butterflies (Anniversary Card and Envelope)

I bought this stencil a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it!
So far I've used it with ink pads and acrylic paints (above). it's so pretty and delicate, yet the spaces are large enough so as not to have to fight with getting the color through it. I used purple and green paint and then went over the center with clear embossing powder to create the shine.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Chalkboard Flowers

Creating this was akin to writing on a chalkboard. I painted the page with black acrylic paint, then used a white Sharpie paint marker to draw the flowers and border. It was a study in both the concept and learning how to draw different types of flowers. I borrowed the border pattern from something I saw online - maybe from Julie Fei-fan Blazer? I'm so inspired by her. he's not the greatest artist and doesn't make gorgeous designs, but her work is loose and free and always ends up looking "planned" even though it's not.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

FLY - Journal Page

My inspiration for this journal page came from Andrea Walford's tutorial on her website.
She's very talented!
The base is a piece of newspaper. I used Mod Podge to glue it down, then more Mod Podge over it, then tore the edges and removed the excess. Then two coats of white acrylic paint, dabbing off some of the paint with a baby wipe. I used a piece of screening as a stencil for the yellow honeycomb effect. The first coat of ink was light yellow, then a coat of antique white. I outlined some of the honeycombs with a fine point black sharpie. The butterflies were stenciled dabbed with ink from a black archival ink pad and a makeup sponge. I stamped the letters using black archival ink.

It's not finished, but I think it's coming along nicely.
Thanks Andrea for the inspiration!