Posts Tagged ‘journaling’

A simple grid over a two page spread became the foundation for these calendar journal pages. The upper left box contains a Crafter’s Workshop stencil image sprayed with Dylusions spray ink. I love dandelions and couldn’t wait to use this stencil. I hope you can at least see some of the watercolor effect the Dylusions spray ink had, and I love the intermixability of these inks. As you can see not each square of the grid has journaling. I used scrapbook paper scraps and turned the dandelion stencil wet side down after spraying the main image to get color on the right bottom center and right near bottom square. I do not like wasting ink!! Because the stencils are plastic the overspray stays wet a long time and it can be monoprinted onto any other page or project you have going. I put an opened up cardboard slide holder on the bottom right square and stamped “April” on the bottom right with what I believe is a 7 Gypsies journal rubber stamp set. I liked prepping and using this spread so much that it is now the second class in my Art Journal series beginning in a couple of weeks at Whim So Doodle in St. Pete. Prepping is easy. Draw the grid, watercolor into each square by mixing your colors and making each square a different color, spray some with ink, use a stencil that you like that goes along with the month you are working on. Or draw or doodle into squares to make it even more personal. Pick a square to stamp your month into, use a box style to write the date in each square that will be for journal writing. Put something cool in the remaining squares for visual interest. Then every day all you have to do is show up with a pen and write a few sentences into the appropriate square. Easy peasey.

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Close cropping is nothing new to photographers but I think as artists we sometimes forget that in every composition it is possible to find small, interesting bits that can stand on their own. Particularly when it comes to what the human mind finds intriguing, such as faces of humans and animals, body parts of same, etc. Also in our images it is possible to find small arrangements of odd numbered items or marks that make a substantial impact on their own if cropped. I find that cropping “busy” subjects, such as the graffiti I’ve featured on this blog frequently, lets the mind appreciate what is there in smaller mind-sized “bites”. While a wide angle shot (or full shot) documents a piece, a close crop provides more of a study.

One page journal entry for a belated Easter, using as a focal point the beautiful card my Mom sent us. I love daffodils and we don’t have them down here in Florida. The background is an old car repair receipt from 1940, with Claudine’s Studio Paints over top and a semi-circle of Japanese print paper. I thought the printed paper referred to both a painted Easter egg and stained glass window. It was meant to be egg-ish and shrine-ish all at the same time. Asking it to work overtime. I did a little doodling with curvy lines in the same Sharpie I journaled on the page with.

The first test page in my new journal, the Canson Artist Series All Media one. This page has a watercolor background in sunny yellow, washi paper, asian newspaper and graphic from a brochure for the border, a car repair receipt from 1940 off to the side of center and then two prints from a hand carved styrofoam plate in gray gesso. The journaling part is documentation of the germination of the seeds planted in my garden and little doodle drawings of the adorable sproutlings. I love working on pages like this that build from the scrap pile, then sing with a little handmade goodness like a spontaneous print.

An art journal page from yesterday. I am working now into a new blank book. It is a Canson Artist Series “All Media” book that is taking water and medium very nicely. No pilling of paper or warping. The orange is watercolor foundation. The bottom border is masking tape to hold the watercolor paper with “deeply” written on it in watercolor crayon. The butterfly is an image from an expired calendar. I used soft gel, gloss on this piece which is highly unusual for me. 95% of the time I work with matte finish and was surprised I even had any gloss. The problem with gloss in Florida is that sometimes it refuses to dry. However, this is Golden brand and performed beautifully. Since the calendar was already superglossy finish, it seemed appropriate to use the gloss medium. I did outline the butterfly with one of my favorite tools, the Stabilo All pencil in black. I bought the same pencil except in brown this weekend and like that one too. I love the water soluble quality of these pencils…they make a deep, intense mark.

I love the challenge of doing a journal page spread with only magazine images. I believe in wringing a magazine dry to the point that there is nothing worth recycling by the time I’m done with it. That’s getting your money’s worth and doing the planet a favor. This is a treasure¬† map on the subject of a show I am having in September. There are several other subjects I want to treasure map but the magazine yielded especially nice images and words for the exhibition subject so I made this a one treasure map. These maps are fun to do, a creative challenge and a nice focus of positive intention all at the same time. The way I get started is to remind myself of my favorite trees, animals, birds, insects and flowers before I open the magazines, plus the subjects I’d like to represent in the map. I look for certain words that can be cut out, cut up and used as partials or letters to make words with. Fashion magazines have nifty phrases in the ads. Unless something changes, Treasure Mapping will be the first class I teach in mixed media processes at Whim So Doodle in St. Pete on May 19. P.S. This map was made in the Canson XL series Mixed Media blank page journal. On the cover it said it was suitable for watercolor process. Beware! It is not. The paper crumbled and wrinkled terribly with small amounts of water and even Mod Podge. My recycled map book journal beats this one all to heck and cost much less money.

I drew/doodled this page in one sitting most likely while watching something on TV. I was playing around with drawing with fountain pens, something I’ve not done unless you count doodling in high school during steno class. But now we are going into the waaaaayyyyy baaaaaccckkkk and I can hardly tell for sure WHAT happened in high school. I know steno is long gone. Anyway, I have several fountain pens, one that eeks out a little ink here and there so it makes a nice scratchy drawing (I believe most of the angel was done with that pen). The other real fountain pen delivers a very nice inking on demand and is likely responsible for lettering and text in this doodle. The color is some cheapy disposable fountain pens I bought a long time ago that – shock – still work. Every now and then I get in the mood to work like this. I’ll start off with one drawing and begin to turn the page and change the orientation as I go along. That way, the page has some interest. It’s a very stream of consciousness process and all kinds of bibs and bobs turn up in there. Try it one day while watching TV or when on the phone for a long time. Lots of times, I don’t even remember drawing most of the stuff. This page was rediscovered as I was sorting through some journals…I had forgotten I’d even drawn it.