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new beginnings art journaling

This page turned out pretty. It started with leftover paint from the other night, spread as a background for this page. 

I liked the colours; a mixed of browns, blacks, pinks, and nude shades so I continued the colour scheme. I used stencils to add on layers of texture in the same colours but added pops of purple and teal. 

I finally added the stamped phrase as the header for the page. 

It’s not my usual art journal colour scheme. New beginnings, perhaps? 

embrace the journey – journal page materials

Here is the link to today’s art journal page.  

 This page started as a waste paint page. I used it soak up all the excess paint from a couple paintings I recently made. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do on the page so I left it until today.  

 I drew out the girl and used Liquitex gesso and the new Distress Crayons for her skin tone. Her eyes were coloured in with a Recollections pen from Michaels. I used my big brush Faber-Castell Pitt pen for the outline and her hair. Her dress is made of old book and dictionary pages as well as some Tim Hotz tissue paper.  

 I finally added some small doodles with my medium Faber-Castell Pitt pen and added the quotes. These quotes are small talk from Tim Holtz Idea-ology line.  

 I think the thing I liked best about this page is how well her dress turned out. I originally wanted to paint over it but changed my mind. It was something I don’t normally do and I think it looked good the way it is. 

More Collage Art – Mini Canvases and Panel

Here is the link to tonight’s art. I finished up the rest of the pieces I started last night.  One thing I didn’t show you last night was this.  I journaled all over the canvases with positive thoughts and good wishes. Because we all need downtown to think good thoughts for us once in a while and I thought I’d offer them to whomever ends up with these pieces. 

    Last night I completed the big panel and a journal page. Today I finished the remaining three pieces.  
 This green and sepia panel is 9″x12″. 

Materials Used: 

  • Golden fluid acrylic sepia
  • Liquitex professional acrylic ink phthalocyanine green, yellow orange azo
  • Liquitex professional gesso
  • Golden acrylic glazing liquid gloss 

  Love the green combined with the brown. The first coat of glazing liquid is currently drying.  

 This is a 5″x7″ canvas. 
Materials Used: 

  • Golden fluid acrylic sepia
  • Liquitex professional acrylic ink quinacridone magenta, yellow orange azo
  • Liquitex professional gesso
  • Golden acrylic glazing liquid gloss

  I like how the combination of brown, gold, and magenta came out.  
 Another 5″x7″ canvas. 

Materials Used: 

  • Golden fluid acrylic sepia
  • Liquitex professional acrylic ink phthalocyanine green, yellow orange azo, quinacridone magenta
  • Liquitex professional gesso
  • Golden acrylic glazing liquid gloss

  This one is a mash of all the colours, literally. As the first 2 dripped onto the parchment paper I had down, this one would be smashed into the colours dripped down and that’s what made this unique mix. Seriously, I couldn’t have done this if I tried. Also, this one is unique in that one word of the journaling is peeking out – love.  

Sepia and Teal Panel Materials

Today’s art is more of the panels I did the other day (those other ones are still drying and will be a few more days yet until they’re completely done).

I did this one in sepia and teal.  

 I like how this one turned out. As soon as it is completely dry, I’ll add a layer of Golden Acrylic Glazing Medium over top to give it a glossy layer and to seal it. 

 Panel Materials:

  • Golden Gesso
  • Golden Fluid Acrylic sepia and teal
  • Vintage papers
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology tissue wrap -melange
  • Golden matte medium
  • Journaling with Faber-Castell medium Pitt pen

  And as it seem to go with these panels, with the amount of leftover vintage paper scraps and paint drippages, I did a journal page. Kinda silly but I didn’t realize that the teal and sepia I used would make such a nice green. I added the lace and chipboard title to finish the page. 

 Journal Materials:

  • Golden Gesso
  • Golden Fluid Acrylic sepia and teal
  • Liquitex ink yellow orange azo
  • Vintage papers
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology tissue wrap -melange
  • Golden matte medium
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Forest Moss
  • Dylusions ink spray dirty martini
  • Recollections lace and chipboard word
  • Stampendous Frantage aged gold embossing enamel
  • Versamark stamp pad

Collage Art Journaling – creativity takes courage

Here is the link to today’s art. 

 I will not lie, I did most of this page last night when I did the birch panels (which have totally transformed, more on that in a sec!). I pieced on a lot of the little scraps of leftover papers that were to small to keep but my hoarding side wanted to save using Golden matte medium as a glue. I then soaked up a lot of the paint and ink drips from last night’s art on top of the paper. It made for some interesting effects.  

 I then spread some gesso with a pallette knife over the page. I wanted a streaky look and I think it turned out great. Some of the paints were still wet so the gesso absorbed some of the colour which helped blend it in a bit. 

So today, I didn’t do much. I added the cheese cloth and key, and the quote. I 

 I dyed the underlayer of cheesecloth with a bit of Dylusions Dirty Martini green and the middle piece with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo spray. The key is a canvas embellishment I got a Michaels. I think it’s by MSPCI (sorry, no name brand on it, the pack it came in was in the $1.50 bin). 

 The quote is a Tim Holtz idea-ology small talk quote. I like a lot of the quotes in this pack but this one spoke to me. It took courage to begin this project, this 366 Days of Art project I mean, and I’m glad I did it. My creativity has grown, I think, and I feel so much better flexing my creative muscles in this way. And I feel happier. It’s not a chore, this project, it’s a pleasure. It’s a way of getting me out of my own head, a way of relaxing after the day, my destress time. I cannot imagine my day without it now.  

So this morning I didn’t just work on the journal page. I worked on the panels from last night. After I took all the pictures and posted everything for last night’s art, I set about on the second step. It was a little scary, what if I ruined everything? But that’s good. Art should be scary sometimes! Taking chances is a big part of growing as an artist, and this was a big chance! 

 Last night I coated the panels with a thick coat of gel medium to dull the panels and get a foggy top coat. This morning, the panels were drier but, I could tell that I didn’t put a thick enough coat on, so I added a second layer. 

 It’s still a little scary but exhilarating as well. I’m excited to get them completed and I’m excited to see how the panels turn out. It’s probably going to take a couple days to dry but, as soon as they do, I’ll update. I’ll hopefully have the last step done then too. 

Trio of Canvases

Tonight I painted 3 small canvases. Here is the link to the 366 Days of Art post.    
 I like how they turned out. All different with a white flower tying them all together.  

 Orange Flower Materials:

  • Liquitex professional Naphthol Crimson, alizarin Crimson, cadmium orange
  • Golden acrylic paints cadmium red light, and cadmium yellow light

    Green Flower Materials:

  • Golden acrylic colours phthalo green, light green yellow, green gold, cadmium yellow light
  • Liquitex basics brilliant yellow green, light green

    Copper Flower Materials:

  • Liquitex professional acrylics Naphthol Crimson, cadmium orange
  • Golden acrylic colours phthalo green, light green yellow
  • Pebeo iridescent copper

All three have golden acrylic carbon black and Liquitex basics titanium white for the flowers.    

 I started with the two small canvases – 3″ X 9″ but I had so much paint that I grabbed the third canvas which is 6″ X 6″. I wanted to make the backgrounds super bright and layered with a simple flower in the foreground. I like how the turned out. 
Side note: I’m making canvases because I have my first show of the year next weekend so I need to build up some stock! Although I really need to think about how I’m going to display all this now. Things to think about. 

Doodle Canvas Material

I enjoyed today’s canvas. It’s big and bright.  

 I started with a nice 12″ X 24″ canvas with deep edges. I started adding colours in many layers. So many colours. So many layers. 

 After the paint dried, I started adding the doodles.  

 It’s hard to know when to stop with the doodles honestly. I can keep going forever and adding more and new layers of doodles in different colours. However, as there were so many background colours, I kept to a neutral pallette and used only black and white ink for doodling.  

Materials Used:

  • Golden acrylic paints: quinacridone magenta, phthalo green, light green, cadmium yellow light, manganese blue, cadmium red light, carbon black
  • Golden gesso
  • Golden fluid acrylic teal
  • Liquitex professional acrylic: light blue, cadmium orange
  • Pebeo acrylics vivid pink
  • Sharpie paint pen white
  • Staedtler triplus fineliner pen black
  • Faber-Castell brush Pitt pen


Change Journal Page Materials

Ok, hopefully today is a better day technologically speaking. Here is the materials list for yesterday’s journal page.

Materials Used:

  • Liquitex professional gesso
  • Liquitex basics acrylics
    • cadmium orange
    • cadmium yellow light
    • cadmium red light
    • light blue
  • Tim Holtz distress stains
    • ground espresso
    • mustard seed
    • barn door
  • Tim Holtz distress paint – picket fence
  • Faber-Castell Pitt pens
  • Staedtler triplus fineliner
  • Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels
  • Prima soft neutrals watercolour pencils

Do What You Love, Love What You Do

Something happened. Something inside just, clicked. All of a sudden I feel like this? This is the art in supposed to be making. It’s messy. And chaotic. But it feels so right.

 I can’t get over how right it feels to make this. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love all the art I’ve been making and will continue to make the different things I do, but this? Is where I was headed all along I think.

 Today started with a simple concept. A blue and orange canvas. Easy, lovely colour contrast. But, umm, it grew.

   Started adding more and more layers of colours, flowers, and little doodles.
  Painted the centers of the flowers white with gesso and then doodled in the centers.

 To say I’m happy with the past few days of art is a major understatement.

 This is my happy spot.

Materials Used:

  • barcelona 12′ x 16″ canvas from deSerres
  • Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels from deSerres
  • Liquitex professional gesso from Michaels
  • Liquitex basic acrylics from Michaels
    • titanium white
    • cadmium yellow light
    • cadmium orange
    • cadmium red light
    • brilliant yellow green
    • bright aqua green
    • light blue
  • Liquitex professional ink
    • turquoise (came from the free sample I received at deSerres)
    • quinacridone magenta from The Paint Spot
  • Faber-Castell brush Pitt pens from The Paint Spot
  • Golden series 1 from The Paint Spot
    • carbon black
    • manganese blue
  • Golden fluid acrylic sepia
  • Prima Finnabair Net & Wire Stamps

I Dream My Painting and then Paint My Dreams

It’s interesting how the colours from one day inspire the next. Yesterday’s page was a complete inspiration for today’s page. I am not normally a bright colours person, but I’m loving these pages!
  Today was fun and necessary. I had some bad news that really brought me down and I needed some bright colour therapy to help lift my spirits.

Materials Used:

  •    Liquitex basics acrylic
    • mars black
    • titanium white
    • brilliant purple
    • medium magenta
    • light blue
    • cadmium orange
    • cadmium yellow light
    • cadmium red light
    • brilliant yellow green
  • Pebeo studio acrylics
    • iridescent violet blue
    • iridescent blue green
  • Liquitex professionals gesso
  • Neocolor IIwatersoluble wax pastels
  • Faber-Castell Pitt pens in white and black brush

Let me tell you, it was looking like the Easter Bunny threw up pastels in here for a while before I got the black and white down on the page. It was that colourful.

 Manicure? Ha!