I don’t know how long I’ll keep up with it, but I have finally started an art journal. I had an absolute blast making this page, so barring time constraints, this could be a regular thing for me.
I’m using a Dylusions Creative Journal, and it is a well thought out book. Despite layers and layers of ink and paint, nothing bled. The closure is easy and secure, and the pages lay flat very nicely. There’s even an envelope inside the cover for ephemera.
Many craft supplies were harmed in the making of this page. I can’t even go into all the stuff there. I will say that I’m loving Dylusions ink sprays (sounding like a shill, aren’t I?), and I also enjoyed using the Golden Glass Bead Gel.
The only real regret I have on this page is the lettering. I had a new alphabet die and I just had to use it. Sadly, the letters were too small, and by the time I realized I would rather peel them up and just write, there was too much texture there to fix. Ah well, live and learn.
Here’s the entire page. Lots of black & white doodling, which is a blast. I only wish I could find an opaque white pen with a finer tip than the Gelly Roll.
Here’s a close-up of the lizard. I used the glass bead gel through a stencil, then dabbed a little yellow paint on once it was dry.
For art journal inspiration, I recommend watching some youtube!
Rach0113 (Beware, and I mean this, do not watch Rach0113 with the sound on. Listen to something else, and mute youtube immediately. She’s amazingly creative, but man, that music.)
That is beautiful Cat. I’ll be checking out your youtube links later….with mute on BEFORE I hit play this time. 🙂
I love your blog~I would love to do some mixed media art-I watched a couple of the YouTube videos you suggested. Do you have a short list of beginner’s supplies or can I use what I have (mod podge, craft acrylics, watercolors in tubes, etc.) Also- what type of ink do you use for your letters-dye or pigment?
Thanks-Valerie (Lunarcy on AQ)
Definitely start with what you have on hand! You might consider adding gesso to your basic supplies. Other than that, keep experimenting and watching videos, and you can buy the things you’d like to try.
If I recall correctly, my lettering in this is a sharpie and a white gel pen. The crickets are stamped in pigment ink, but that’s never my favorite because it must be heat set. I’m more likely to stamp with solvent and dye inks.
I am having soooo much fun-found out gesso is much needed but got the through the first project without it. I have one completed-would love to show you but can’t attach a photo here. Made a couple of backgrounds last night with alcohol inks on glossy card stock and picked up matte mod podge and a Staz-on ink pad at Michael’s Saturday. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement!
Oh very cool! I would love to see it. Don’t suppose you are in the Art Explorations group on facebook?