I sometimes get asked to share how my art journal pages are created.
Because I believe that there are no rules in art journaling, and my creative time is like play for me, it is sometimes hard for me to pin the process down and explain it.
But I have been noticing lately, that I do kind of have a “process” in my recent pages, and I thought I would share it today.
Here we go…
Create a back ground on a blank journal page.
Smear some blue paint (True Blue craft store acrylic) around with a brush.
Use a circle stencil and a make-up sponge with the Ultra Marine craft paint and stencil random circles.
Fill in the background with Twinkling H20 in Stargazer and a big brush with lots of water.
Spritz some Shimmerz inks in Pewter, Sapphire, and Mama Sings the Blues on the page too.
Use a little star stamp here and there with white paint.
Add dots with the bottom end of a paint brush dunked in silver, bronze and white paint.
Scribble lightly with a graphite pencil to mess things up a little.
Check out “finished” background.
Looking very night sky, isn’t it ? Well, it is to me.
Need a figure looking up at the sky, don’t you think ? Yep.
Grab a page from the old French dictionary.
Draw the figure in pencil.
Outline in black Pitt artist pens with India ink.
Cut her out and glue her down onto your painted background with a good glue stick.
What is she holding up ?
A rock ?
A heart ?
A seed ?
Oh, liking that…
Paint the girl, using Inktense watercolor pencils, and Twinkling H20’s. Do some shading, think about where the light source would be…
Add in some white details with a Sakura gel pen.
A seed, eh ?
Let’s add that in – oh, it is a little green sprout of a seed…
Go to the computer and Google “seed” poetry and/or quotes and see what comes up…
Oh, this wonderful poem “Seed”, by Raine, that speaks of the seed of life, the Earth, and Eternity…
Print it out on photocopy paper in one of my favorite fonts (Artistamp). Cut it up a little and glue it down.
Add a title with letter stencil, make-up sponge and some black paint.
Add a little vine action around the title with a light green gel pen.
Take a little Cobalt Teal Golden Fluid acrylic with lots of water and do a bit of a wash over some of the blue to make it softer somehow…
Add some journaling with the superfine black Pitt Pen around the outer edge of the page,
talking about how to nurture your own seeds better…
Add the date and the page feels complete.
How about adding a song to go along with this page ?
Yes. I know the one.
It was written in the 80’s but has a message that still needs to be heard today.
Maybe even especially today.
Plus the video is kick-ass !
That how this page grew.
This is how many of my journal pages grow.
A background, an inspiration point, some play with images and colors and words…
It is different every single time though.
And that is why I love art journaling.
Happy Monday, Beautiful Ones.
I hope your seeds get lots of nurturing today !
Big Love !