Slow but steady, every week, I make sure I get something added to my personal art journal -mostly because I can play along with Art Journal Every Day. I would probably work in my journal on my own, but Julie Balzer's posts and a chance to share definitely keep me on track.
This week I tried painting my pages with white gesso and then spraying the page with various inks on top of the gesso while it was still wet.
I did not plan this idea out in advance, but instead started my work in my art journal by deciding it might be fun to work with gesso as a base this time. After painting it on both pages I thought, what if I did not let the gesso drybefore doing something else? To let it dry was my original thought. Grabbing a new Ranger dylusions ink spray (pure sunshine) and also a Adirondack Color Wash (Denim) I started spraying on top of the wet gesso.
Then, I sprayed more plain water on top of the ink to see what would happen.
I liked the effect! Next I sprayed with the Denim ink . . .
I sprayed on both sides of the spread with more plain water sprayed on top.
I also used the brush I had applied the gesso with to blend the ink and gesso in places.
There was a bit of Lumiere (Halo blue green) on the edge of the left page, which was carried over from the
. I liked it though! This prompted me to add more of that paint to the edge of the page and a bit diagonally across the middle.
I used my heat gun to dry the gesso and ink, but not too close.
I love some of the patterns that were made through my experimenting!
This looked almost like a beach scene to me - I see sunshine, sand, waves.
I had chosen my affirmation from my list before I started and thought this time I would hand write this on the page with a thin tipped Micron marker. I have been including a positive affirmation on every page spread in this art journal using a variety of ways to do it: Rubber stamped, computer generated and printed on paper or a transparency sheet, handwritten, magazine letters, painted . . . it is fun to choose them and gives me a bit of a theme.
The collage image I chose is one of many beautiful ones on a sheet called Art Time Pieces from my favorite, ARTchix Studio. I purchased mine as a downloadable image sheet, which worked great and was very fast to receive after ordering.
Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people.
It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.
~ Anne Lamott
Last week I did not work directly in my art journal right away. Though as you might be able to tell from the photo above, my painting exercise ended up in my journal a few days later! I cut it to fit. It was not my plan to paint separately and add the paper to my journal. Instead the painting was done because I felt a need to get back to the exercises I did with Bill Buchman . . .Read More
I am taking a stamp carving class with Julie Balzer and originally wrote about what I did in lesson 4 here, in case you missed it. This particular lesson is about creating a series or set of stamps to use together. At the beginning of the video Julie showed us a banner shaped set she made with a cute little flat top, but then she went on to make a chevron set with a pointed top for the actual lesson. I really liked the banner shape and decided to make my first set that way. While I love this cute set of stamps I made . . .
It is lovely to be back to working in my own journal, this one just for me. I do love the Sketchbook Project and have signed up for the 2013 project, I have even received my blank journal. But I guess I was ready to do some journaling for myself because that is exactly what I have done . . .Read More
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"I have some awesomely good news for you: you don't actually have to art journal every day to be a part of Art Journal Every Day. So if you're up for a little bit of "you" time every day (or every other day, or simply when you can) I hope you'll join us for Art Journal Every Day this year." Julie Balzer . . .Read More
Carving stamps is not entirely new for me. I found out the other day when I located a small notebook that I carved my first stamp in 1995. Wow, do the math and you'll discover that was 17 years ago! (see the bottom of this post for more on that). But I was correct in thinking that a "refresher course" with someone I admire, whose carved stamps I have seen and loved, was a great idea, and a great deal at only $30!
Lesson 2 was about creating two simple interlocking stamps; stamps that you can overlap or rather, overstamp so they compliment each other. I have never done this type of carving before. We started with simple stripes, but I would like to try a more complicated design in the near future.
It may be hard to tell, but these blocks of speedy carve are the same striped design, filled in with black on opposing stripes. I used my linoleum cutting tool to remove all the black on both stamps, creating 2 opposite printing blocks.
|my first carved stamp, 8-11-95|
|dallas and decklin's first carved stamps|
|Remember, I told you they were carving Calvin & Hobbes!|
Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong. ~ Ella Fitzgerald