Yesterday was day 12 of creating. I originally had planned on this being a habit that would be short and sweet- less than an hour with the blogging being a few sentences. But as anyone who creates knows when the muse comes calling sometimes you just need to go with the flow…which is what I did yesterday. I spent a good part of the day and then again well past my bedtime to finish up on the magazine art journal that I had been working on this week.
I used hand painted papers that I had made a few years back and some old ledger paper.
One of my favorite ways to create the first layers of a background is to clean my brushes on an extra sheet of paper which is what these are from. I call them under papers.
Blotted copy paper and hand painted paper.
Hand painted paper and under paper.
I had a bunch of gelli prints from a couple of years ago that I didn’t know what to do with so I put a bunch of them in this journal. I love the turquoise and red together. The blue page is one that I had practiced some techniques on with new paints awhile back.
I put in a bunch of ledger, linen, planner, and copy papers. They were thinner and the journal had gotten REALLY thick.
I love the graphics on these pages. I may leave them as is or paint over them. I’m not sure yet. But they are lots of fun to look at.
Here’s another gelli print and another graphic from the magazine.
Today, day 13, I used one of these pages to do a quick journal entry. I had a completely different idea for what I was going to do, but after working on it for about an hour it became apparent that my idea just wasn’t going to work out. As I looked at the pieces laying in front of me, feeling just a bit frustrated, an idea began to take form. That’s the magic of creativity- the more we create, the more the ideas begin to flow. This is the page that came out of the rubble. Other than the pre-painted background in the magazine travel journal all of the materials I used were very basic- pen, book page, glue stick, and scissors. Fun and easy.
What are your favorite art supplies this week? Share your favorites in the comments below to inspire us all.