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366 Days of Art

Trust Your Crazy Ideas (OMG I made such a mess)

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, here’s three that accurately describe tonight’s art process. 

You guessed it. Hella messy art night tonight. Super fun though. The best art is messy art after all. 

So I did actually start this last night. Started laying down the inks in the background, wandered away, and went to bed. Whoops. Came back to it tonight and started adding more layers of colours, spray inks, liquid acrylic paints, and ink drops. Used two different stencils and just went crazy with the layering and layering and layering. I love how parts of it turned out. Some of the layers blurred together a bit, but other parts? Just sparkled. 

This? My favourite part. The way the colours blended on the white raised parts, the phrase just popping out, the different layers showing though. So cool. I had fun tonight. 


NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER GIVE UP – Art Journal Page

Tonight, I made a gigantic mess and it was glorious. 

This is the page I made. I started with a page that was already covered with left over paint, drips and drops, and handprints. 

You can’t really see much of it showing through anymore. If you look closely in some areas, you’ll see the texture still though, from my palms. 

I love the texture and layers on this page. I used stencils, found materials, a brayer, and stamps to create the different layers. It kinda came together like magic. 

I decided to hand write a quote from Winstob Churchill and add it as the focal to the page. I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot lately. This one and the one line from my Dad’s favourite poem, Don’t Quit – when you’re hardest hit, don’t you dare quit

Not sure why I’ve been thinking about these lines. Well, yes, I do. It’s because I’ve had a lot on my mind and a lot on the go lately. Work, school, art, finals, the Made Local Society, and trying to not only keep up with it all, but also do a good job at it all. It’s tiring and hard to keep going when you don’t remember why you’re trying to do all the things at once. 

I have to constantly remind myself not to quit. Don’t give up. There are reasons you’re doing this Jasmin. You like your job. You like supporting local arts. You love making art. You’re working towards your degree, and you’re going to get it dammit. Yes you’re tired, yes it’s a lot, but don’t quit. Never ever ever ever ever give up. 

You got this. 


Christmas Balls Watercolour Painting

I’ve been wanting to do something with the water colours of Derwent Inktense pencils again for a while. Glad I broke them out tonight

I like how this turned out. Done with the Intense pencils and a water brush, I really like the shading. 

The caps were done in black pen and a white pen was used to add highlights. I then used a couple different gelly roller pens to add a little tinsel around the whole thing. 


Devil Girl Art Journal Page

Ok, confession: I get bored easily. I’m bored with the 12 Days of Christmas theme already so, I decided to change it up. 

Instead of typing it all out again, here’s the reasons why I changed the theme. 

I started by sketching out the girl. 

A lot changes over the course of the creation, but I always start with a sketch. Then I start with either the paint or, in this case, ink. That’s always the scariest part. 

I erase the pencil lines then start adding more details. The hair in this case, was done with an elegant writer pen and water brush so it comes out multi-hued. 

I then used some coloured pens to add a touch more colour to the page. 


Two Turtle Doves

Ok, so after posting last night, I realized this might be harder than I thought. Maids milking, ladies dancing, lords leaping??? What was I thinking? 

Well, I will give it my best shot anyways. Tonight are the two turtle doves. It’s a very sketchy drawing done in my lovely handmade art journal. 

I started by sketching it out then going over the lines in a very, very fine tip pen so it still looks sketchy. What can I say? Feathers look best sketchy, or at lest mine do. 


A Partridge in a Pear Tree

I’m back. Exams are done (for better or worse) and I’m happy to be making art again. 

I don’t actually know if it’s the first day of Christmas or not. I just decided to use this song as inspiration. I’ll do up the rest of the days too. It’ll be a fun little project in a project. 


This is The End

Of this art journal, that is. Still going (mostly) strong with the 366 Days of Art project. 

Some days are harder to get motivated than others but it’s going good still. 

Decided the do the last page of this journal as a zentangle. Most of the pages in here were done as this kind of drawing. It really was the perfect journal to fill an entire page with. I’ll be looking for another one like it for a while I think. 

I picked it up in Toronto while on my Etsy Captain’s Summit trip. Hmm. Maybe another trip to Toronto is in order?


be a rainbow sprinkle in a vanilla world

I love this quote. It’s basically saying it’s ok to be different. Celebrate it. Enjoy it. Stand out. 

Tonight’s page is very bright. It’s actually a rework of a previously grey page. It was only grey and was a little depressing. Instead of doing a new page, I decided to rework this one. 

I used a 3 different of different colours to lay down the base then started with stencils on top of it. I decided to add more colours with a brayer. I wiped it off in a few places as it was a lot of the one colour. I then added more layers with black and white, using found objects like bubble wrap and a tube. (It’s a lot of fun figuring out what can make good patterns in paint!) 

I got stuck at this point and couldn’t figure out where I wanted to go next with this page so I stated flipping through my older journals. It’s definitely inspiring to see where I’ve been and how far I’ve come since starting this project. 

I decided to place a quote as the focal and, given how bright an colourful this page was, I felt the rainbow sprinkle one was appropriate. I wrote it up on a piece of paper and cut it out. I adhered it in the journal with golden matte medium. 

I made a giant mess tonight but enjoyed reminiscing, looking through the older pages. Worth it. 


stronger than yesterday art journal page

I used up one of the pages in my journal tonight that had excess paint on it. These pages collect all sorts of paints and patterns so they can be both fun and challenging to work with. This page in particular had excess blue and gold paint swiped on. I actually started using this one before, but I wasn’t  happy with the way it was looking so abandonded it to move on to something different. That’s why on tonight’s page, you can see the beginnings of a heart silhouette and the black paint on the edges. There’s also a faint pattern on the page in black from the paper towel I was using way back when I first started this page. 

I added the silhouette (this time I used the interior of the shape and filled it in). I added more black paint on the edges and sprayed it down to make it drop down the page. I finally added the quote and I was done. 


make me a shadow on the wall art journal page

Tonight I did a page based on a quote from one of my favourite books, A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin. I love this book. It is unconventional both in its subject and writing style with beautifully written sentences and descriptions of a side of London seldom mentioned. I definitely recommend it. 

make me a shadow on the wall 

I love these words. They’re beautiful and poetic and have such meaning in the book. They speak to me of fear and strength, permanence and the fleeting nature of of life. 

I didn’t have a stencil to make tonight’s piece so I made my own. 

Crafty, right?