Sometimes I journal as if I'm leaving important messages for my grandchildren. I want them to be kind, brave and honest, among other positive traits. I want them to speak up for themselves, and as I'm writing this, my mind is formulating a journal page titled Speak Up. But for now, I'll post this page that began with a coat of gesso, then some distress ink around the edge, gessoed circles over that, then colored with watered down acrylic paint allowed to drip down the pages. I added some strips of scrapbook paper, then some altered playing cards, and a fussy cut of a nuthatch painting I completed several years ago. I also used a piece of floral fabric under the nuthatch instead of a piece of doily. I wrote across the whole page before adding the collage elements on top.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
When I paint small works of art for the Art*Bar exhibition, I'll try to do a variety of subjects, but songbirds are one of my favorites, and I like to keep track of them by uploading onto the computer. When I'm in an art journaling mood, sometimes I will make miniature prints of my "serious" paintings and incorporate them onto my pages. That's the story of this page.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
This altered book page began with a coat of gesso, then some Dylusions spray inks dripped from the top. Then I added a small piece of kitchen towel (it already had paint splattered on it), and some pieces of gelli prints on top. I gessoed some circles and then added color to the circles with oil pastels. On one side of the spread, I placed a torn piece of book paper, added a doily
I have been watching France Pappillon on YouTube. I love her art journaling videos--she has some wonderful techniques, and she narrates them, so very easy to watch. Anyway, I've incorporated some of her techniques into my more recent altered book journal pages.
I was so busy painting minis for the Art*Bar show, that I seriously put my art journaling to one side for awhile. I've since created some very satisfying altered book pages.