It’s my birthday tomorrow (32 years young!) and what better excuse to get some art supplies and new books! I got this gorgeous book The Book of Beetles: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred of Nature’s Gems and 100 Flowers from the RHS: 100 Postcards in a Box as amazing references for my artwork.
I also bought 50 Art Ideas you need to know as I love learning about the history of art and 101 Mixed Media Techniques which has loads of great ideas and things I am already trying out in my art journal pages. I think I need a new bookcase!
This week I’ve been getting back back into art journaling and plan to finish this A5 journal so I can start a lovely new one. I have some new art materials to use including soft pastels which I used on the enchanted page and some Perfect Pearls which I mixed with water and painted onto the owl page.
I’ve gone back to drawing over a black gesso background and I love the effect. For the space doodle page I used a restricted pallet of white, blue and purple. I’ve been thinking of new themes and ideas for my pages and space seemed like a vast and visual topic. I did this page as a stream of consciousness just adding stars and words but I might look for some similar themes for my next page.
This is one of my favourite projects to create, and going out and finding little elements to put into the tray is one of my life’s joys! I find so many things and think ‘I could use that!’ – it is a good job the tray and items are small or I would be broke!
This is an experimental art journal page I have been working on over the last few days, although I don’t know how happy I am with the end result. I used a sand gel medium for the background before painting over with a gouache wash with reds and blue. I’ve really enjoyed doing collage pieces in my work so continued this with the girl on the left, although I can see ways to improve it.
Here are two new pages I have been working on. The first one I started yesterday and had no idea what I was going to make. I started some journalling on the left but the camera doesn’t pick up the blue shimmery pen I used. This was very organic and I played with mixed textures of paper, paint and pen.
The next page started off as just experimenting with some watercolours a friend gave me. This paper isn’t great for water and I didn’t intend to put so much colour on the page, but I don’t use watercolours much. I then stamped across it and used a black marker to add some definition. I actually like the way it turned out and the colours. I rarely go for blue and green. I am really loving this art journaling, I am even planning pages in my mind as I type this!
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but I got struck with the lurgie last week and felt like my head was trapped in some kind of fish tank. Thank god for the weekend! Time for some recovery art making and fun. I am thinking of making a cake, maybe a rainbow cake if I can a.) be bothered with all the coloured layers and b.) have enough tins! I also want to do some paper mache, painting and drawing in my journal, as well as see a film – Flight looks good, but I also haven’t seen Django Unchained yet (film geek!).
I’m really pleased with all the great comments I have had recently on my art journal pictures – I love getting any feedback on my stuff and especially when it is so positive. I think I am allowing myself to experiment more with different styles and ideas, not being too caught up in perfecting anything and having fun. It is refreshing! And it seems to generate more creativity too as my brain is all fired up and ready to burst onto the page 🙂
Another really cool thing is that I reached 500 likes on the blog – that is super sweet! Thank you to everyone that takes the time to check out my rambles and pictures. My blog has definitely grown into something I didn’t really imagine, but that is half the fun and satisfaction of doing it. Having people like it too is a great bonus.
I have some more post ideas coming up soon on art, therapy and creating, just need to brew them up a little before they are ready… laters x
So, after a few frustrating attempts to draw again, an idea came to me for my next Sins painting. I am a better painter than I am at drawing, which annoys me because I just want to paint! But also because I don’t really know how to get better at drawing, apart from maybe shading… (I was much better at school but seem to have lost that.)
I know planing is the key to a good painting (at least for me) so this is one of my sketches I went over with in pen:
And here is the very beginnings of the painting, which I am pretty pleased with: