Friday, July 13, 2012

Debut on Youtube!

Hey there, so I made a video for youtube! It's describing my process for creating my first handmade journal. Go take a look and enjoy!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Art Journal Update

Art Journal Time! Finally!

When I was jumping back into my art and getting inspired by Youtube videos, I stumbled upon the idea of an art journal. I liked this idea. A lot! But I didn't want to go buy anything as I was unemployed at the time. I went through my room and found this huge normal journal I had bought from my local WalMart for a couple bucks.

Down side, it has normal, lined, journal pages. But I have tons of gesso now and tons of glue and recycled cardboard. So I decided to give it a go. Here are the first two pages I've completed. I have four more unfinished pages and as soon as they are complete they will be posted.


First page~
I started off by using gesso on the pages. Then I used a blue acrylic paint and while it was still a little wet I went over it with a mettalic copper. Both paints were Folk Art brand. Then I decided that the focus of the page would be this quote from Albert Einstein- Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.  I wanted to emphasize this quote by using eyes and hearts on the page. The girl on the left I had sketched a long time ago in my sketch book. I cut her out and a couple of other old sketches of some eyes as well. The bit of paper I tore from an old dictionary for some texture and background. I added a top hat that I clipped from an old magazine. I made a heart out of an old napkin (pink polka dot one) and when I peeled it apart I used the white backing as well. But it was plain so I made a black paint wash and used it as ink splashes. (The heart on the bottom right page) The white 'shadow' behind the hearts is just gesso.  The torn page I also dripped black water on and clipped some eyes from a magazine as well. The top hearts are cut from the same dictionary and I used Glossy Accents on top of them for some dimension.

Second page ~

This page was done in chalk pastel, cheap student grade ones. I saw this picture on a background app and wanted to recreate it. Sorry for the glare, when I finished I sprayed a fixative on it. The quote is "Love is shown in your deeds, not your words. Love blooms when the world can see it, in your thoughts and actions." I hadn't worked with pastels a whole lot before this and really enjoyed the process of blending. It was nice and messy :)

Well that's it for now. My next post will be a project that I'm working on for my friend, which I'm finishing up this afternoon. :)

Happy Creating!