I'm really loving posting spreads from my Moleskine art journal, and thought I'd make it a weekly thing! Each Monday, I'll be sharing a spread from my Moleskine & a little about how it came to be. But first, I wanted to share a little supply info since I've been getting a ton of questions!
The Moleskine I'm using is the Art Plus Sketchbook 5"x8.25". The paper in this one is thicker than the regular paper, and super smooth, making it awesome for sketching, drawing, and a little painting.
I don't gesso the pages before I get to work. I've found that, while this paper doesn't take watercolors or washes very well, it is lovely with acrylics. I usually start with a bit of collage and doodling, and layer acrylic paint and Holbein Acryla gouache. I adore this gouache and mix it in with my acrylic mediums and paints. It dries matte which I just love, and is great for doodling and lettering.
Above: This week's spread started as a Gelli printed background. I "cleaned" my plate on it, picking up the remnants from removed stencils and the last imprints of doodles drawn into the wet paint.
Right: My Moleskine cover. It got some gelli printing on it by accident. The stickers were on purpose. I always cover mine with stickers!
This is a progress shot I shared on Instagram. A lot of the time, I'm just making marks and adding colors, allowing the page to slowly come into focus. I'm really into the Letraset letters (since I found mine - Tangie sells them in her Etsy shop!) and black dots.
During a break from painting, I was playing idly with one of my medication bottles while watching Arrow (I'm late to the party but loving it!) and was surprised at how easily the stickers came off. I collected them (from some old bottles, too!) on the plastic of a library book and used double sided tape to attach them to the page.
I haven't brought in medical stuff for awhile, but it's such a large part of my life. I'm writing from the chiropractor's office, which I visit three times a week. And I need to put that into my journals!