Art Journal – Inspired

I am back with another page..:)

This time is a creation which I wanted to try for quite some time – in fact, since I saw Shari Carroll make a page for her art journal here. Now, though the page did inspire me a lot, I don’t own half the material she used there, and so I came up with my own version! ๐Ÿ™‚

Art Journal - InspiredI had a sheet of paper, too thick for regular applications and too thin for card making – and for this page, I wanted something with the exact same thickness! What luck! ๐Ÿ™‚ So, I outlined and fuzzy cut out the mounds, the trees and the branches and also random-sized squares and rectangles from this paper.

Art Journal - Inspired (close up 1)I then started adding various distress inks on these – there are too many I’ve used, so I am not listing them – the shades are pretty obvious though ๐Ÿ˜‰ I then used a few stamps on them, mostly used other distress inks for stamping. The stamps I used are – Pinstripes from MFT, Chevron from Heidi Swapp, Stitched Circles and Victorian Tile from JustRite and Pattern Stripes from Hero Arts.

Art Journal - Inspired (close up 2)I then colored the branches using oil pastels. I then adhered all the pieces and added shading to the trees and the mounds using oil pastels again. I used a tiny scraper to scrape and blend the oil pastels, which also helped in better shading.

And that finished my page for my journal! Thanks for looking! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Cat’s Shadow

Today, I tried experimenting with my brayer. I had seen a card recently, and I wanted to see whether I could reproduce the effects.

…I failed miserably! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Unfortunately for me, the brayer I own is not exactly leveled – the ends are raised and when I roll it on any color, only the edges pick it up, and when I try applying it, its becomes a nightmare!! Well, something which doesn’t work the right way can make its own good effects, although completely unintended! This is how I came to today’s art –

The Cat's ShadowThe colors in the background were colored using orange and purple acrylic paints on my brayer. Although this background wouldn’t work well for what I had in mind, I changed tracks and made something which would suite the background instead! ๐Ÿ˜› Why waste a masterpiece, right! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Cat's Shadow (close up)I drew the cat using a pencil and colored it with black Copic marker. The tail came out a little thicker than what was in the reference picture…but, well, its ok. I am not aiming to sell my cat art! ๐Ÿ˜‰

By the way, the cat I’ve drawn is picked up from this pin from Pinterest.

hoppip: David Meowie II | Must be printed

That’s it! Simple, barely took half an hour!

Thanks for stopping by!

Art Journal : Framed Flowers

Well, the flowers aren’t exactly framed, neither do they exactly form the frame..but I felt the name kinda suited what I had made….so there! ๐Ÿ˜›

I started with a sheet from an old book and tore off the edges. I then painted a thin layer of gesso on the journal paper and adding the page in the center, added some more gesso to the sides. I then heat dried this (mostly since I didn’t have the patience to air dry it!)

Art Journal : Framed FlowersI then started drawing the flowersย  and leaves from one corner. I then inked out the outlines using my Uniball Signo black gel pen. I also added little birds at the bottom, forming an imaginary frame. Well, if you ask me, this is the best pen to use on gesso – it doesn’t dry quickly – and so when I started painting, the ink spread a bit. Thankfully it isn’t so visible in the end! ๐Ÿ™‚

Art Journal : Framed Flowers (close up 1)Well, after this, I started painting with my watercolors. I wanted to color the flowers in shades of violet and red; I also added some pink and orange. I painted the birds below in the same colors, alternating the colors between the birds. After painting in the leaves, I also painted in the background in shades of green (inside) and blue (outside) towards the left and yellow (inside) and brown (outside), keeping the torn edges of the page as a frame outline. I also added some bright paint right outside the flowers, keeping it a little lighter and quickly blending it with the rest of the background – this added kind of a highlight to the flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Art Journal : Framed Flowers (close up 2)I then inked back the outlines, which had become almost invisible because of the paint. I also added a proper framed area beside the flowers and the birds by drawing a curvy branch-and-leaf combination. This I didn’t color in, and left it be.

I find myself having an urge to add some kind of a ‘wittwe birdie’ to whatever I make now-a-days! They look sooo cute!! ๐Ÿ˜€

And that’s my art for today! Hope you enjoyed! ๐Ÿ™‚

Art Book Back Cover

Its been so long since Iย created anything in my Art Journal…too long! I was thinking about making something for quite some time now, but wasn’t able to decide or come up with anything. And so I decided to do a little doodle design on the back cover of my journal.

And here it is –

Art Journal Back Cover

I doodled a few flowers, leaves and a little (;P) bird, picking ideas out of my Pinterest boards for Art Journal and Doodling. I first laid out the initial outline using a pencil and then went over them using my Uniball Signo black gel pen.

Art Journal Back Cover (close up 1)

I then colored them using Inktense pencils and added some water to smooth out the lines, effectively bringing a watercolor look to the piece. I then added all the white dots and other touches using my Uniball Signo white gel pen.

Art Journal Back Cover (close up 2)

Finally, I added the background – first scribbling in green and blue and then going over it with water. This didn’t smooth out all the lines, but that created a good effect in itself, so I let it be. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, now my next project has to go ‘inside’ the book, as I’ve already covered the inside and the outsides now! ๐Ÿ˜› Thanks for looking!

Art Book : Its Autumn

Well, its actually past autumn here in Bangalore. But I guess its never too late for an autumn theme! ๐Ÿ˜›

Art Journal : Its Autumn

I started by getting some acrylic paints, applying them on an acrylic block, wetting it with water and sliding it across the page. Once this was dry, I took the Prima Flourish stencil and added some bronze, gold, and white paints over them.

Art Journal : Its Autumn (close up 1)

Once this was dry, I started stamping using the Hero Arts Scattering Leaves stamp set. I used some distress ink combinations with brown, green, red, pink and orange spritzed it once with water and stamped it directly on the surface.

Art Journal : Its Autumn (close up 2)

Once this was dry, I free handedย some words on top in a black gel pen.

That’s it! Very clean, very simple. I was done in about less than an hour I think! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for looking!

Art Book : New Start

After a few times I worked on my art journal, I started feeling that the page was too big for me to fill – I always needed to think how to cover various parts of the page with the same design I had in mind, without repeating patterns…tough! And all the time, I would also think that it would be better if I had a smaller book with me for journalling. But since I couldn’t find any in my local stationary shop, I thought of making one by myself!

New Art Journal - Cover Page

Well, there was naught for it – I bought a book of the usual size, removed the pins from the center, cut the paper where the fold was and folded them anew in between. Stacking them into four stashes, I pierced a couple of holes in each fold and stitched them together. I couldn’t just leave the papers like that, could I? I also added some thick white paper as a cover and glued the papers to the spine. And my pretty book was ready for art jounalling! ๐Ÿ˜€

New Art Journal - Cover Page (close up)

And my first project? The cover page, of course! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I HAD to do something on top – I mean, the crafter in me would just not permit the cover to be white! And so I got to work – ย I picked some stencils and distress ink andย used my imagination to bring out a beautiful masterpiece (:P) on the cover!

Love it! Love it! How about you?

Art Book : Jute Rope Flowers

This art journal is an outcome of my wish to make something with a colorful background and includeย jute flowers!

I have owned this bundle of thin jute rope, which I had bought for the very purpose of using in my crafts. Although I have used the rope in some other projects, I never made exclusive use of it focusing it as the primary piece in any other of my works so far. So, I am very happy with this creation! ๐Ÿ™‚

Colorful background and jute rope flowers

For making this journal, I first applied a layer of Gesso – this is one of my favorites to getting a surface ready for my journalling. Over this initial layer, I directly swiped ink pads across the paper horizontally. Once this was partially dry, I took a bottle cap, added grey ink and started adding ring shaped, mesh patterns. Since the ink below was partially dry, both the inks kind of blended together, finally giving a watery look to the circular mesh.

Colorful background and jute rope flowers (close up 1)

Laying this aside, I started making the jute flowers by rolling them between my fingers in to flat spiral shapes. I adheredย each one of them on the background. I then added the stems and the leaf shapes.

Colorful background and jute rope flowers (close up 2)

Once dry, I started adding colors – using acrylic paints, I added some brown and white on the flowers. And using watercolors, I painted two shades of green within the leaves.

This finished my Journal! Thanks for looking! ๐Ÿ™‚