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! 🙂
I 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! 🙂 So, I outlined and fuzzy cut out the mounds, the trees and the branches and also random-sized squares and rectangles from this paper.
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 😉 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.
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! 🙂
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! 😦 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 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! 😛 Why waste a masterpiece, right! 😉
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! 😉
By the way, the cat I’ve drawn is picked up from this pin from Pinterest.
That’s it! Simple, barely took half an hour!
Thanks for stopping by!
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! 😛
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!)
I then started drawing the flowers 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! 🙂
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. 🙂
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!! 😀
And that’s my art for today! Hope you enjoyed! 🙂
Its been so long since I 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 –
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.
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.
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. 🙂
So, now my next project has to go ‘inside’ the book, as I’ve already covered the inside and the outsides now! 😛 Thanks for looking!
Well, its actually past autumn here in Bangalore. But I guess its never too late for an autumn theme! 😛
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.
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.
Once this was dry, I free handed 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! 🙂
Thanks for looking!
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!
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! 😀
And my first project? The cover page, of course! 😉 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 – I picked some stencils and distress ink and used my imagination to bring out a beautiful masterpiece (:P) on the cover!
Love it! Love it! How about you?
This art journal is an outcome of my wish to make something with a colorful background and include 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! 🙂
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.
Laying this aside, I started making the jute flowers by rolling them between my fingers in to flat spiral shapes. I adhered each one of them on the background. I then added the stems and the leaf shapes.
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! 🙂