I Am Back

After my last post, I got sick. REALLY sick. I got the never ending flu. For weeks. I think I am finally getting over it but I am still stuffy. It was the kind of sick where I was completely wiped out. I was out from work and all I did was sleep. I was so exhausted I couldn't read or pretty much anything. The third round of medication finally kicked in late last week. So, no more coughing up a lung and my head is a lot clearer.

What does that mean. It means I finally got back to a regular journaling routine. I am working in one of my older journals now that had remained unfinished. It is a smaller journal but has lots of cool stuff in the portion that is finished. It gives me a bit of incentive to get back to it. Even if just a bit.

One of my new supplies… colored pencils. Actually, I never really liked colored pencils. I didn't like the “white” in between strokes. So for all these years, I have not wanted to use them.

In my “new”, old journal, I wanted to have something simple to color my doodles. Kind of like an Adult coloring book of my own making. Markers don't really give shading… and you have to worry about them bleeding through the paper. Chameleon Markers could solve the shading issue but not the bleeding issues (besides they are expensive). So I searched through YouTube and found some Adult Coloring videos to get some ideas.

I saw some beautiful work with colored pencils… and I decided to give them a try. I had some old Crayola pencils that had mainly remained unused so I tried them out. They were okay but didn't go down smoothly leaving some scratchy strokes. I saw the possibilities that colored pencils could have but wanted to find an option that gave a bit nicer result. So I got a pack of Prisma colored pencils.

This is my first try. My journaling routine is to Write a Gratitude Practice in my journal in the am. It includes answering a few prompts and then a page of free writing. Then tonight I doodled in the empty spaces and on top of my free writing. I got to try my pencils and I have to say they are fantastic!!! I am not so good at shading but they did a wonderful job. The color went on easy and smoothly. I really love the results.

Hopefully, tomorrow I can have more of a step by step.

 

Happy Tuesday!

 

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11-11-15 Art Journaling Practice: More Galato fun – Just Add Water

Today, instead of working on yesterday’s page, I wanted to do another gelato background. Today I am going to use gelatos and water. The water can really dissolve and mix the color making the gelatos look like water colors. I am NOT using paper that is designed for watercolor… or very much water at all. That never stops me (I use what I have)… just know that a paper that is designed for wet media will probably give a much nicer result and be easier to work with.

Happy Wednesday!

 

11-10-15 Daily Journal Practice: Joy, Gel and Gelatos

Today I am starting a new page. I wanted to put down a fun background… so I grabbed a handful of gelatos. What are gelatos? They are similar to water-soluble pastels… but softer and come in a tube (similar to Chapstick). They also come in lots of yummy colors and you can find kid sets that are pretty inexpensive!

 

What I love about gelatos is that they go on like a crayon and can be blended.

 

Today I will demonstrate blending the colors with a liquid gel medium. Why did I choose a liquid gel medium? I am thinking of doodling over the top of this background. Like water-soluble oil pastels, crayons, and any waxy medium it can be difficult… if not impossible to write over the top of them with regular pens (there are very few I have found that will work… and even then sometimes they don’t go down smoothly. So, in order to make penwork easier I like to use gel medium because it sets up a barrier that makes it easier to write on. Also, once the gel has dried, I don’t have to worry about the gelato moving around when I add other “wet” medium to it… maybe brushwork or even penwork from a juicy pen can cause the gelatos to mix and move. The gel isn’t as juicy as water so it doesn’t dissolve and move the color quite so much. (I would also like to try using a wet wipe and see how that moves, dissolves, and mixes color.)

I used a large flat brush and brushed the mixed gel and gelato color into the page.

 

That’s it for today! Happy Tuesday!

 

11-5-15 Daily Art Journal Practice: Pen Work

I wasn’t able to do anything in my work area today, so I grabbed my pen cases and decided to do some pen work. I will work on more of the shading of my main image tomorrow.

I added the Vacation lettering in black and really did not like how it was too bold and dark for the page. So I grabbed my Office Max Metallic pens (Now that Office Depot bought Office Max out I haven’t been able to find them… which is sad because they are my favorite) and went to work on all that bold black lettering. With just the “Vacation” lettering I did not like how the page looked. I felt like I had ruined the page. It wasn’t an artistic page anymore. But I knew I needed to persevere. I had been going for a “Dawn Devries Sokol” kind of page. It is a look I did a lot last year and I had made that style part of my own. When I changed journals, I kind of moved away from a more “doodle” like page and started doing more artistic types of pages. I like doing both but when it comes to documenting day-to-day life, I do prefer a “doodle” type of page. I intended for this page to reflect my week. So I added some doodles with the metallic markers, then added journaling with a small lined black marker.

I still didn’t capture my “old” doodle style to my liking. I guess I am out of practice. I know that the result isn’t the point but right now… the page isn’t bad… but I keep thinking maybe it would have been better if I would have done a more artistic type of page. It is too late now. I just have to move forward with what I have.

 

 

I hope to work on making a Midori-style journal in the last few days of my vacation. I found out that Effy Wild has a class called Radiant that has a tutorial on how to make an Effydori. I have signed up and will take a look. I think I would like to fool around with a hard covered journal to start with. I cut out some cardboard from a shoe box. I am worried that because one side is corrugated that the cardboard may not hold up and bend at a corrugation line. I was going to try to find an old book the size I want and use the covers but I was afraid the covers might be too thick. I look over the class and see what I can see about the Effydori and then see what I can come up with.

 

11-3-15 Daily Art Journal Practice: Adding Paint

I decided I would actually use acrylic paint on some of the image, at least to start. First, I used white to go over the portions of the image I was not going to use. Just so I could get a better idea how the “new” image was going to look.

I used a bit of water to blend the Stabilo pencil in. The “graphite” color didn’t dissolve quite like the black one I have does. It is okay.

I was going to paint the over-leotard black… but I couldn’t find my black paint anywhere. So I grabbed my metallic blue (the tutu became history – I had thoughts of changing the small puffy one to one of the longer floatier toole ones… and I still might… but I kind of liked the leotard as is). I actually grabbed my watercolor palette and added some color to the face, legs and hands. I am totally unsure what that will look like when it dries but heck, it’s all a big experiment. Then I added brown to the hair. The hair was another quandary. I originally planned to make her hair long and flowing… but when she turned into more of a ballerina type… long hair didn’t seem to fit. I didn’t want the hair to be too severe… so I went for a looser short look. First I painted in a dark brown and then, once it had dried a bit added some metallic gold to give it some life.

Lastly I added stripes back into the areas I had whited out in order to change the image. I didn’t spend a lot of time trying to get the lines… widths… etcetera… perfect. I just wanted color back… The colors were not quite the same… but I didn’t worry about that either. I added a bit of the paint color to the entire stripe. I may add more color over the stripe later, anyway.

Happy Tuesday.

 

 

11-2-15 Art Journal Practice: What to do?

I grabbed a pencil and started sketching in how I wanted to change the image. I actually did a few different changes but didn’t like what I came up with… long hair and a dress… a top and skirt…. In the end I think I will stick with this. A tutu is something I really wanted to add… no clue why. Maybe it was because the white reminded me of a leotard I use to have (for exercise… but no I have never had a tutu).

I used a stabilo pencil and could use water to make it look like a painting… or I could use it as a guide to a paint over project. Tomorrow we will see.

 

 

11/1/15 Daily Journal Page: Taking a Chance

So, it’s the start of a new month. I have decided to be brave and throw caution to the wind… and white wash my focal image. The thing is, once it is done it is done. There is no going back. Some things that you do in your journal can be recovered from… but the image will never be the same after I white wash it. It also means, I will have to do something with it. Me. I will have to make the image my own and make it back into a focal image.

The white wash didn’t go down so smoothly. I painted it down and it started to bubble after a second or two. Even as I brushed over it to smooth it out it would re-bubble up. I decided to white wash over the tissue then used a crumpled up paper towel to pat off some of the white wash on the tissue. It is hard to see but it makes a nice kind of textural design.

My plan was to draw/paint over the image… but then I think of Teesha Moore… and I think about cutting out new and different eyes and glueing the right as left and left as right… Maybe a funny hat? Am I in that funky kind of mood?

No, not today. Tomorrow, I will decide.

 

10/30/15 Art Journal Practice: A New Page

It was a friend at work’s birthday and I rustled up a gift and added some festive tissue paper. It was striped… very cool. I purposely didn’t use it all so I would have some for my journal. I glued down a piece…nice! Yes it is wrinkly in places… don’t care.!

 

My plan is to add a magazine image… white wash it… and make it look more like a drawing or painting. As I searched through my stash, I found this image and it called to me. I like it… just as it is. I set it down and started looking for another… one that I wouldn’t care if I white washed. Oh, the heck with it. I liked, I wanted the first image… and that is what I will use.

 

Not sure if I will white wash it. Yes, I may… But then again, maybe not. Today I will just glue it down. Tomorrow will tell me what the next step will be.

 

Happy Friday everyone!

 

10/29/15 Daily Art Journal Practice: More Blending

The hair. I wanted to work on the hair. Looking at the page the stark blackness of the hair seemed to jump off the page. So I grabbed a brown water-soluble oil pastel and added it and lightly rubbed it in. The stark black was blended and adding the brown seemed to blend in color wise better on the page.

I still wanted to make the Bathing Beauty element more artfully mine. So I decided to add a bit of color to blend into the skin tones of the magazine image. With my cheap water-soluble oil pastels I have a very limited colors… a general color palette with very limited choices in skin tone. But because Ms. Beauty had a tan, I could grab a tanish color and colored in the darker, shadowed areas.

Then I rubbed and blended everything in. Yes the color is a little less natural but I think it did a nice job of making the image look more artful. I could have added color to the lips… and I still may… but I don’t have a color I think would work so well and my pastels don’t have a very fine tip… maybe not fine enough.

I added yesterday’s journaling.

Feels like today’s additions are done. Happy Thursday!

 

This page has gotten me thinking of maybe trying another technique to make a magazine image more artful… Maybe for my next page…

 

10/28/15 Art Journal Practice: What Next?

Again, I am up against something I learned at a mixed media class. “Don’t get too attached to your page…” It is something I struggle with, almost every day. The class instructor didn’t want you to get too attached so you would be free to add more and more layers. The truth is I do get attached… and I probably don’t continue adding because I am afraid I will ruin what I like about the page. Another truth, is that the result is not the end all. The process is the most important. I know all of this… but I still end up wanting a result that I like.

So when I looked at this page this morning I was hesitant. I wanted to make my Bathing Suit Woman look more like a drawing… or at least add some lines to make her look less like a glued on magazine image. I also wanted to do something with her hair. There is a fan behind her… her hair should be blowing. So what to do. Often times I add black lines in the shaded areas like you would in a drawing and outline image elements. But… and it is a big but… it is really easy for me to end up with an image I am not so crazy about. Adding lines helps make the image your own but it is so easy to let the critical mind tell you anything you add is ruining the image.

So I started fooling around… first I outlines Bathing Beauty’s suit in white. Yuck. So I wet the lines and wiped it off… but it left a bit of white residue… which was okay with me. Then I added a gold outline around the entire image… kind of like the flowers and leaves. It was okay. Then I had a bit more courage and grabbed my black brush tip marker and started adding her wind-blown hair. It is very black… I will need to do something, eventually, to make it not so black. In order to tie it in a bit more, I outlined some of the hair strands in gold. All in all, I can’t say look wise, I have improved the page so much. But I feel like I actually pushed my own envelope and tried a couple of techniques I imagined doing. I also added journaling where I had decided early on would be a good place (where after working on the page was afraid might ruin it).

That is all for now. Hope you have a great Wednesday!