These creatures emerged from very watery blobs of watercolor put on cold press watercolor paper. The paint was allowed to run, drip and splatter. I penciled in the shapes that I saw then put in all the detail a combination of watercolor, Prismcolor pencils, white ink, and Copic markers and multiliners.
Here are some of the blobs and drips I referred to in the last post on journal pages.
And because I am always drawing faces, here is a quick brush sketch of a lady. Haven’t decides if I will over paint but I probably will. Nothing should be too precious.
Diving into to something new like art journaling will, of course, lead to internet searches of other art journal blogs. I was looking at painting styles, lettering styles and types of media used on paper.
Somehow I stumbled onto Carla Sonheim and fell in love. Something about imaginary creatures just resinated with me. So I began to throw down water color washes and sketch shapes from sidewalk cracks and photos I had taken of texture like the one below.
The textures above became line drawings.
On this page shapes were colored using pencils and copic markers.
Before Carla, I had imaged a journal with some nature backgrounds and maybe some fluffy little birds. This is a departure but I love it.
I am now working on water color blobs and drips on paper. Results to be posted soon.
When you journal, you write and image what you know and are closest to at the present time. So the Lucy figure and the kimono lady appeared in another page of my mini journal.
Here is a detail of the page.
I found myself writing around Lucy a quote from Johns Robbins book A Diet for a New America:
May all be fed,
May all be healed,
May all be loved.
When your life revolves around finding balance and you spend a hefty portion of your day cooking, is it any wonder that it all comes to surfaces without thinking?
On the left side of Lucy, I wrote the saying on the take out bag of the Golden Temple in Brookline, MA. Great food, nice vegetarian options.
This oriental lady immerged from the design elements on the page. I drew in a face and few lines suggesting a kimono. Must have been channeling the ones who brought Macrobiotic to the United States.
Materials used: Dylusion spray, acrylic paints, stencils, stamps, Stabilo pencil for hand drawing, Sharpie marker.
An amazing amount was accomplished in a single class on art journaling with Dina Wakely. With gessoed watercolor paper, acrylic paint, Dylusions dyes, stencils, stamps and marking pens we managed to make a twelve page mini journal. Wow.
Here is my Wherever You Go page.
I hope you all exercised your right to vote today.
It all began when I signed up for two classes with Dina Wakely at Ink About It. The first class was on drawing and painting faces.
Shown above is my first class painted face. Of course there was a lot of practice and hand holding involved prior to that painting. Dina also gave up examples of painted faces and mentioned a book by Tina Berning called 100 Girls on Cheap Paper. I love her style-all that loose ink on paper.
Here is my homage to Tina.