The Art of My Gratitude Practice, Step by Step

My Gratitude Practice:

This is my morning gratitude practice.

 

Tonight I will add some art with a plain black ballpoint pen (the same one I journaled in the morning with). I start by doodling on top of my “free writing”. Then I fill in the blank spaces on my guided journaling.

 

 

 

Now it is time to color. I love my Prisma colored pencils. I have so much to learn but I love the gorgeous color and shading!! I loved how the Winged Heart turned out.

 

 

That was fun. And very relaxing.

See you soon!

 

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.

 

11-4-15 Catastrophe!

Went in to work on my page and what did I find? A completely waterlogged art journal. It seems my cat knocked over a quart jar of water all over my work area where my journal with the painting from yesterday was drying. My journal sucked up a great deal of the water… to my distress. I am trying to dry it out now… but I am really concerned about the finished pages sticking together… and all the blank pages ending up being water warped. But I will have to be patient… and wait and see.

So I have no entry for today. I hope that my page will be okay to be worked on tomorrow.

Happy Wednesday.

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!

 

10/23/15 Daily Art Journal Practice: After Missing A Couple Of Days

The last two days I have punked out. I didn’t do my practice. Have not been feeling well. And though I don’t feel so hot today, I wanted to at least do something.

I decided to work on a background for a new page. And I wanted to use my trusty brayer.

For my first layer I put down yellow. Brayer, brayer, brayer!

Then I added white paint and brayer again.

I want some shine, so I grabbed my metallic orange and brayered it right in.

Wanted to add a bit more white but my white paint wasn’t coming out properly so I grabbed my bottle of white gesso. I did shake it but when I squeezed it out I hot a big glob of clear junk. Took a nearby baby wipe and wiped it up. Shook it well again and got gesso but it still seemed a little thin. Brayered it all in.

Because I got a lot of white runny gesso over my beautiful metallic orange…I added more orange and brayered it in. I am going to let it dry and see how I like it.

 

This page looks a bit bumpy because of the glue and paper used on the opposite side. I don’t let it concern me, I just go with it.

This page came out much smoother because there is nothing on the other side. I wish you could see the metallic sheen better. The shine makes me happy.

Happy Friday everyone!

 

10/19/15 Daily Art Journal Practice: The Next Step

Life kind of happens. Right when I thought things were back to normal at work, things take a sharp right turn. No time for Art Journaling on Friday because I needed to be at work at 5am… and had to work on Saturday. Sunday I did a whole lot of nothing…

 

So today, I get back to my Art Journaling. I immediately grab my water-soluble oil pastels. These seem to be my go to way to better incorporate my collage element into the page. Normally I use it to put a shadow… using a dark color. Today I decided to use bright colors. I first colored in light blue around the blue elements, then colored around the pink flowers with a metallic rose color. Then I grabbed my silver and colored around the black and white elements. I also added some silver around the window frame and the Window Woman.

 

I used my finger to smudge in the color. But I wanted it to be more subtle, so I grabbed a partially dried out baby wipe and smoothed out the color some more.

 

That’s all the time I have. Happy Monday everyone!

 

10/14/15 Daily Art Journal Practice: A Step At A Time – Choices

This morning I looked at my page and grabbed some file folders of magazine images and started to rip and tear! My first image was of a tree with pretty pink lights… not sure that the shade of pink wasn’t a bit too vibrant for the page but I try to never second guess and pulled it and put it in my pile. I try to be as open as possible when I am pulling ideas for elements because you never know where it might take you. Something that you think couldn’t possibly work but catches your eye… is catching it for a reason. Trust yourself. Besides, most of the time you don’t end up using all pulled images in the page you are working on. But there is always a reason for a choice.

 

When it came to my focal image it was that way. Initially I pulled the lady in beige. She had an ephemeral kind of soft focus look that I thought might go good with the page and some of the flower elements I had ripped out. Then I found the black and white door girl. There was something about the contrast of the pink with the black and white. The rectangular shapes of the door and the frame that I thought really looked nice with the soft curves of the pink flower bits.

Once I decided to try the door girl… I moved the images around to see how I might like the page best.

Not sure what I will do… but I definitely like how it is progressing!

I have run out of time for today. Tomorrow I will look at it again and maybe start gluing. Happy Wednesday!