Journal Page in the Works

Do you like going through books or magazines and seeing art pages as they’re being made instead of just the final project? I do!! There’s something about seeing layers  being added in that inspires me to play with my art supplies.

Today I started on a new journal page. I had no plan in mind when I began on what it was going to be. That’s pretty usual for me. Sometimes I’m in an emotional mood and I have a feeling or word in mind when I start – but not today. I find that if I start with nothing, by the end of a project, I actually DO have a feeling about it.. a memory.. something that creating the art brings out. That’s today!

Paint on. Paint off.

I began like Mr. Miyagi – Paint on. Paint off. I began with a deep green paint for a background. Painted robin’s egg blue over the top, and then scrubbed the paint off with a paper towel. You can tell I worked faster on one page than another. Learning experience!

I saw this little trick in Traci Bunker’s book “The Art Journal Workshop: Breakthrough, explore, and make it your own.” That plastic stencil is actually a plastic basket from the dollar store! I saw a picture in Traci’s book and immediately went to the dollar store to buy all kinds of plastic baskets to cut apart and use in my art. Fun!

I pressed glaze through the stencil with a foam paintbrush. Easy!

Add stamped images.

As soon as I added the butterflies and dragonfly, I thought of how fast Summer is slipping away. It feels as though we haven’t had much of a Summer here in the Northwest this year! I lightly stamped a background and at this point, decided this journal entry would be about the feel of Summer.

I stamped wording onto the pages using black acrylic paint, stenciled around with gesso through a bit of sequin waste, and edged the entire piece in red & black. I took a bit of the left over gesso and highlighted the wording to make it pop. It made a big difference from the flat look it had beforehand.

I’ll add my Summer thoughts later and the page is finished.


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"Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again". Joseph Campell
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3 Responses to Journal Page in the Works

  1. Halle G says:

    Awesome journal pages! Love the way the gesso highlighting really made those letters jump off the page.

  2. NatashaMay says:

    I love seeing in progress photos, too. 🙂 THis turned out awesome!

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