free two week art journal course run by Julie Fei Fan Balzer, a designer and maker in America. I signed up for it. A new video is available every day with a different journaling technique. I had all the resources and equipment I needed already, but that would be a consideration if you didn't have everything to hand. The media needed were watercolours, acrylics, oil pastels, an old hotel card (for the diy comb), distress crayons (or similar), black and white pens, magazine image, matte medium, stencils, stamps, brushes, watercolour paper/card. A gel plate was useful and a carving tool for making the eraser stamps.
The first day was making the journal. Julie showed how she decorated her journal but I decided to try a new to me gel plate technique (from Youtube, I think) - soft pastels applied through stencils and then acrylic paint on top to pull the print. I used one of Julie's stencil designs - the flower in the top left and bottom right of the photo below - and several other flower/foliage/shape stencils. I really enjoyed this technique and managed to achieve some quite delicate blends.
This was such an enjoyable project and I have lots of techniques which I can use in my art journaling. I also have a lovely little journal full of colour and pattern to enjoy.
Edited to add: Julie posted photos of other people's journals and it was so interesting to see all the interpretations. The link to that post is here.
Thursday, 23 April 2020
Thursday, 16 April 2020
Thursday, 9 April 2020
The page on the right was inspired by a magazine image, and I used watercolour crayons for the circles of colour in the background.
The page on the right turned out more or less as I imagined in my head and the quote by Henri Matisse, 'There are always flowers for those who want to see them' was the inspiration.
Nearly there, well done if you are still with me.
This was the most troublesome page in the whole journal and I had painted over it twice previously. It had been glittery with stars, then was multicoloured with lots of mark making patterns, but I just didn't like it. I was inspired by some rust patterned paper and that became the focus, although you can't see it because it is up at the top, covered by paint. The original glittery stars were coloured with alcohol inks to blend more with the rust colours.
Finally, here is possibly my favourite page. It was inspired by some loose watercolour flowers painted by Creationsceecee. The stamp is one of my favourites too and a version of this may well be my ATC for May. I like the bright colours and dots of gold. The lady has glitter in her hair too. I would like to revisit this and improve the perspective of the flowers.
So now to start journal 3.
Wednesday, 1 April 2020
I think this could be my favourite card so far. On to May!
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