Friday, May 26, 2017

Beginner Art Journalist: May Mission Inspiration Challenge

In my last post, I told you that the Mike Deakin mission inspiration challenge was a little daunting for me well I decided to try it this month. I always struggle when facing an empty page so this is a way to start. It is difficult having to take every step and wonder what the composition well look like in the end.
Finished piece.
1. added composition paper.


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3, 4, 5.  I added a teal color to the background
glued ribbon from a lanyard as a border,
and added 3 focal points, shoes, map,
 and the mountains.
6. bubble wrap and a toaster oven utensil
to make marks with titanium white paint.
2. I stamped book pages with butterflies
and flowers using archival ink.
7, 8. I add words for the month
and add cardboard strips. I added
gray paint to the cardboard
to balance the color.
I used the butterfly and flower stamps from these sets. And rummaged around to find these household utensils.


Beginner Art Journalist: Mini Mission Inspiration art challenge prompt cards

The mission inspiration is a monthly challenge with 10 prompts or steps which is the brain child of Mike Deakin. I find those monthly challenge to be very daunting but recently he came out with a mini challenge that gives a word prompt on an index card.  It is A to Z so in the end there will be 26 indexed cards. What I understand is these are to be indexed after each month so you'll have 26 cards to have when an idea for an art journal isn't forthcoming.

I decided to do each month's mini challenge on an 3" x 5" index card. For the letter A, the theme was Aquatic.
 Here's the prompt index card.
 I painted the background with Dylusion's paint London Blue with a blending tool.
 I added Dylusion's paint Cut Grass with a blending tool.
The background was a little to bright so I toned it down with Titanium White.
I drew half of a shark to give the illusion of it swimming through a reef, of sorts. I painted in sea grass, sea anemones, and a clam but I didn't take photos of the process, sorry. I also stamped some circles and flower shapes to the background to give some depth.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2017 a new year to experiment in art journaling

It's been a few months since my last post. I have been journaling just hadn't sat down to write and photograph my work. Today is Valentine's Day and it got me thinking about who or what I love. I love my family immensely but art is an acquaintance.  Art isn't a genre that I am comfortable in a manner of paint on canvas or paint in an art journal. It has been a struggle getting outside the box of Darlene. So here are a couple of pages I did. I didn't document them on what medium or colors I used.

I cut out the images from a local magazine. Use acrylic paints for the background and then stamped a few butterflies randomly on the background. Stenciled with modeling paste for texture. Used my brown pitt pen to shade in the images and highlighted with a white gel pen. Added a phrase I acquired from the Internet. Shaded the white blocks with a black pitt pen. Then I did a goofy thing and added a border that I colored in the blocks with a white and black pen.



The next art journal page I glued down Tim Holtz tissue wrap and then painted in acrylics of blues, greens, and toned down the colors with white gesso. I stamped with Dylusions stamps of leaves on the journal page and on some white paper which then I colored with Derwents Inktense color pencils. I used a water brush to activate the colors. One night I had an idea for what to do with this page. I thought of a beer garden in a nonsensical way with beer hanging from the vines. I then looked through my stash of magazines and found one about beer. I cut out the images of beer cans and glasses filled with beer. I glued them as if they were ready to pick from the vines. The stamped leaves that I colored were cut and glued around the beer images to give a more natural scene. I later added the bottom border which I didn't like to put white gesso over it to tone it down. I wrote some journaling around the page.