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!

 

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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!

 

11-3-15 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!

 

10/27/15 Art Journaling Practice: Next Step

Time to fix the flowers and integrate the elements into the page.

I fooled around adding shadows. I sealed both pages with a layer of gel medium so that I would be able to write on top of any of the elements. The water soluble oil pastels I use often time ruin pens or is just impossible to write over. Putting a layer of gel medium over the top solves this problem. I have to be careful when doing this… the shadows I put down will reactivate when wet so I have gently go over the top of my elements so not to change its look.

Since I have to wait for the gel medium to dry – I will call it a day. Tomorrow I want to figure out a way to Make the Fan and the Bathing Suit Woman less like cut out images glued to the page. Shadowing helped I want more… unsure of what more would be right now. Also I would like to add black outlines to the white oil pastel lines I added to the page (to mimic the bathing suit lines). I also had wanted lots of room for journaling… and although I do, I might rethink my initial plan for where and how I was going to add it.

Happy Tuesday!