This recent spread in my art journal is one of my favorite things right now.
1. I like that there's a white border around the pages.
2. Texture & blocks of color!
3. The pasted bits from my collage sheets.
4. The dark color on the bottom of the right-hand page and the landscape painted on there in blue that's mirrored above.
5. The writing of story with an ink brush.
I've been painting lately, working with my oils after a few days away, so I have it out now as I sit on the couch. There are fluid acrylics in a box next to me, a scrapbooking tote filled with acrylics in front of the couch, random bits and stamps on the floor that makes getting up near impossible. I want to collage and sketch and lay down color in a bright mess, rebelling against the strict lines of my painting earlier.
This spread is also in my Strathmore mixed media art journal. I adore this paper to no end. It takes every media so well, never gets wavy or stays curled on itself, and is tough . I can't sing its praises enough. Whether I use watercolors or acrylics, I never have to gesso.
Thanks to a coupon at Utrecht, I was able to replace my full Moleskine sketchbook with a new one. I noticed something different with the new one, though, and wonder if you've also observed a difference in quality; the paper seems a little thinner and the cover feels...weird. The one I was using before was from about 4 or 5 years ago. We'll see. I still love it. There's just something about the size and paper that makes me want to collage and draw with my paint markers.
I've all but converted my Dylusions journal into a sketchbook. I endeavor to draw one face a day in it, and am loving what I've been able to draw! The paper in it is thinner, and whenever I try to use stuff on it, it buckles or curls. Watercolors just do not work in it. I was really sad when I discovered that. But it's smooth and is wonderful under a pencil or ink, so I write and draw and doodle ideas in it.
In super happy fun news, I have two things to share with you!
In this issue, we discuss cultivating awareness & how it helps us to distract ourselves from stress, chronic illness, or whatever else keeps us from being creative. There are a couple essays in there, photos galore, journal prompts with examples, 2 guest pieces, and a project that will definitely help you create the life you wish to live!
I'll also be opening up a discussion forum for this issue on the Ning for you to chat about awareness, share your thoughts, and post art!
I've also decided that anyone who supports the new economy will receive a complimentary issue every month as my way of saying thanks for being brave and supporting the work...your patronage means the world to me!
This class is jam-packed with instruction and ideas for you to take your iPad art journaling to the next level. We had such an awesome time in the live class -- I just adored seeing my students progress, and was able to watch them improve and deepen their digital art journaling. I made it so easy and answered so many of your questions.
There are over 20 HD videos with 5+ hours of content just waiting for you to take the leap. Add to that digital goodies, shared files, examples, and more!