My inspiration for today’s art journal page is a quote from Soren Kierkegaard. I glued a couple of pages together in my Moleskine notebook and then painted the pages with Tim Holtz’s Distress Paints in Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive, and Lucky Clover.
Next, I used a Crafter’s Workshop stencil with Lucky Clover to create some interest in the background, and then mixed some of the paint with texture paste and pushed it through the stencil with a palette knife to create even more texture.
A simple border was created with a black Sharpie marker. Then, the background sat there for days while I figured out what I wanted to do with it.
Then, today I came across the Kierkegaard quote and it all gelled for me!
I typed the quote into Word, printed it on my ink jet printer, and cut it apart to fit the page. I used a Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous rubber stamp to stamp the English gentleman figure.
My art journal page today did not turn out the way I saw it in my mind’s eye. At all. But, all in all, I’m ok with it.
I started out by using gelatos in black, purple, dark blue, and light blue, and then doing a wash over them. It turned out badly. So, I covered the whole thing in some cheap white tissue paper, and then used watered-down gesso to knock back the gelatos even more.
Using blue, purple, and silver ink, I used mandala stamps to stamp the upper edge and also used some embossing ink and Lindy’s black embossing powder on a couple of the mandalas/snowflakes.
I sprayed Lindy’s pewter spray on both pages and stamped the quote.
Finally, I used a brad to attach a Tim Holtz disc that reads “Truth” to the edge of the page.
Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack. Truth.
My latest mixed media art journal page was borne out of a desire to use pink and orange on the page. I awakened feeling like I wanted to create art and I wanted it to be happy. That’s all.
I started out by gluing two pages together on each side of my Moleskine notebook to thicken the pages and then covered the pages with matte gel medium to stick down some French script tissue paper.
Next, I painted the page with a few Distress paint colors in pink and orange – I love the way the color turned out!
After doodling a border around the edge of the pages, I took a break because I had no idea what I wanted to do.
A few hours later, I was on Pinterest and saw a quote that resonated with me. When I saw it I knew exactly what I wanted to do!
I have a bird layering stencil. I used the negative bird image and the background stencil with texture paste pushed through them to give some dimension to the page. I then used brown ink to color the bird and the texture paste, some copper ink over the entire bird, and then Wink of Stella on the textured bits.
I added a French fry to the bird’s beak, shaded it, and then stenciled in the word Today. The rest of the quote was created on my laptop and printed out on an ink jet printer. I shaded around the quote with black gel pen.
Like most voters in the United States, I’ve hit my pain threshold – not only with the candidates themselves, but with our citizenry as well. This is my 8th presidential election and it’s the worst ever, I think we can all agree.
So, this afternoon, to combat some of that fatigue, I took to my art journal and created this:
This has been a trying election for everyone involved, and I hope I never see the likes of it again. It’s been uglier, more divisive, and less about the issues than any I’ve ever seen.
Since resigning from my job in early September, my creative juices have exploded! I’ve been doing something art-related pretty much every single day since September 7th, and I’m happier than ever!
Recently, I started art journaling, expanding on what I already do in my written journal, which is mostly written word with a bit of art thrown in. However, after getting inspiration online from people like Vicky Papaioannou, Mike Deakin, Marta Łapkowska, Tim Holtz, and Dyan Reaveley, to name a few, I completed my first page!
My first page!
Now I’m trying to figure out how I can make a living by creating art! After having lunch with my BFF, Christy, today, I have some new ideas thanks to her. Teaching at Joann’s or Michael’s, working at an art or ceramics studio, or possibly (outside of the art realm) teaching online for a place like SNHU or The University of Phoenix. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them! This doesn’t rule out law school, but it’s something to do in the meantime.
Everyone is lonely in Hopper, everyone is sad. Everyone is waiting. ~Deborah Meyler in “The Bookstore”