If a picture’s worth a thousand words, here’s three that accurately describe tonight’s art process.
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.
Tonight, I made a gigantic mess and it was glorious.
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.
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.
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
Sitting in school right now and I decided to do my art while I wait for class to start.
Worked with very limited supplies in my fancy journal tonight. Just used a pencil, Bic pen, the Speedball Elegant Writer pen and a waterbrush. Oh, and a couple pieces of washi tape that were already stuck on the page.
I decided I wanted to do tonight’s girl from behind. Not a perspective I’m an expert in at all. I don’t think it turned out bad for a first attempt but I definitely need work.
I knew I wanted to draw this one from behind and I thought who better to depict from behind than a mermaid? I think the skin turned out neat – she’s no little mermaid, more like a siren who lured sailors to their death in the depths. I think that my favourite part though turned out to be her hair. Super textured and fun, full of pearls and gems and seaweed.
Tonight was another combination page.
I started with the poppies then added the journaling. I knew what I wanted to say, but it was a bit hard. No one likes to admit when they’re being silly so this page was easier to start with the drawing. I like drawing poppies. Their design might be simple but their beauty is anything but. And I really like doing them in the elegant writer ink. I love the colours and splatters that happen when it gets wet.
As I’m sure was noticed, I wasn’t quite brace enough to share my emotions without covering them up with the washi tape. Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough.
Went back to my usual art journaling tonight. I really felt like doing something super colourful.
I stamped on a few little accents and it’s a done page.
Did another of these hybrid pages tonight.
The pages are basic. Ink drawings with a touch of colour and washi tape. The washi tape adds another fun touch. Good thing I have so much, I can mix it up with that!