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!

 

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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!

 

11-3-15 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.

 

 

Holy Guacamole, Batman… Do I Have An Idea!: An Amazing Art Journal Cover

I have had an epiphany… a light bulb has flashed on in my head… It is a doozie of an idea… A truly inspired idea. A fabulously amazing idea… if I can only figure out how to do it!

What am I ranting about? The merging of two fabulous tools into one. Homemade art journal pages and a Midori-like cover.

So what is the big deal. Well, first off, I like journaling in one book. But it never ends up that way. I always have extra paint and need to slap it down somewhere (other than the current page I am working on in my current journal) or start a new class and want a separate place for that, or don’t want to wait for current project to dry so I work in another  journal… The point is, I always end up with many partially filled or newly started journals lying around. I hate that. I happen to like keeping my work in a pseudo-datelike order.  Having so many  different journals makes keeping similar dates together almost impossible. I also do not like having partially filled journals all over. It is more a mind thing, so many partially filled journals makes me feel like I can’t complete anything (yes, I know… I am doing the work, why does this matter… but it does in my brain).

Second, making an art journal can be a pain! When I started out art journaling, I just knew I would NEVER be interested in making a journal… certainly not when I can just buy one. Years have past and I have made a few journals now… but the fact is I do not like fooling around with binding – which most of the time seems to be the main part of making an art journal. I don’t like the sewing and the awl poking and all that fooling around. I have done it but I don’t like it.

Third, sometimes you just want to work with journals with different size papers… maybe an entire journal with smaller pages, or a journal with all sorts of different size pages (which generally you can’t buy and have to make). So you are left having to start another journal — one you had to hand make  to get  the  paper  and sizes  you want.

Fourth, sometimes you would like to keep a lined notebook (composition book) journal along with your art journal for  notes  and such  – especially if you are taking a class.

Fifth, sometimes working in a bound journal is a real pain. You have a  gutter between your two spread pages to deal with… and because it is bound you are limited as to the page order. By this I mean, once it is down it stays were it is. It is not like a loose leaf kind of notebook (or even a spiral one where you can take the spiral off and then reinsert it once the journal is done) where you can take pages in and out.

The answer to all of the above is a Midori-style cover that can fit  all  your journal books, lined notebooks, and art paper pamphlets.

If you have never heard of a Midori journal, it is a cover that has two or three elastics running from top to bottom inside the middle “binding” area. You slip a journal or pamphlet under one or two elastics and that holds it in place inside the journal cover. Typically they are pocket-sized and used for written journals, appointments, planning, and sometimes art journaling. What makes them unique is that you can buy or make all different kinds of pamphlet inserts. Now if you could get a really big Midori… one that would fit your art journal and/or art journal paper… with lots of elastics…. you could have a cover that would fit all our journals and journal paper inserts. You could put several all in one bound type book. All you need is a Midori-like cover that will fit your biggest journal or journal paper inserts.

 

This is a Midori-style cover I made for my Written Journaling.
This is the inside with the four elastics running from top to bottom.
This one has a pamphlet insert and a Moleskin elasticized inside.
The pamphlet pages are just nested, not bound together at all. The elastic does all that work.
I attached the Moleskin with one elastic in the front cover and one in the back, that held the big book in nicely.

 

If I could figure out how to make this, I would make at least two covers from the start. For my first Midori-like cover, I would put in my Journal Page Jumble. It is pages from multiple journals that I have three-hole punched and bound together with three silver binding rings (my past answer to the above problems – and not a very satisfactory or pretty answer at that). Then add one or two of my other journal as would fit.

For my working journal, I would use the Midori-like cover for art journal paper pamphlets. Pamphlets similar to the ones made in Teesha Moore’s “How to Make An Art Journal” videos on Youtube: Click to go to Teesha’s Video. Her Art Journal is super easy to make out of a big sheet of art paper (she uses a specific type of paper – but I have experimented with all different types and have had great results). Use each of your Teesha Moore journals as one pamphlet. What is the best is that you don’t need to sew it together. Stick half the journal under one of your Midori-like elastics to hold it not only in the cover but also “binds” the nested pages together. That allows you to move pages at will. You still will be somewhat limited by the pages divided by creases but you will have lots more flexibility to move pages and work with individual pamphlet pages (without being nested together with the rest of the pages). The Midori-like cover would hold lots of those types of journal inserts. Or you could make your insert out of many types and sizes of paper. Or even buy a pad of art paper and fold the pages in half using those nested pages to make your inserts. And if you wanted to keep notes, you could also add a lined composition book too, if you wanted.

Here is a stack of Teesha Moore style pages.
Each piece of paper makes three insert pages that are nested together to make one art journal.
Here are two insert pages getting ready to be nested.

Here is a stack of two art journals, each made from a stack of three of the page inserts.

 

Hmmm. Now all I have to do is figure out the easist way to make one. I have some treated canvas that was supposed to be used to make a painted kitchen floor mat. I could make one pretty quickly using that. But I would like to figure out how to make a Midori-like cover with simple to get materials with as little sewing as possible, something super easy to make.

I will give it some thought. And experiment a little. I will let you know what I come up with!

Do you like this idea?  Let me know, in the comment section!

Happy Saturday!

 

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…