Margo, you are the lucky winner!!! Congratulations! Thank you everyone for all of your comments and I hope you’ll still consider signing up for this workshop. It’s the first online course I’ve done in several years and I’m really excited about it. Now is a great time to do something fun while we are all practicing our social distancing.
I’m so excited to finally be able to share my latest venture with you all! I’m teaching a brand new online workshop through Jeanne Oliver’s amazing website! I will be sharing a variety of my very favorite self portrait studies and techniques that culminate in creating personal art journal page spreads. From Selfie to Self Portrait I will guide you along a journey of discovering you through portraits.
AND to kick things off, I’m offering a FREE spot to someone I’ll pick from the comments on this post!!!! I’ll choose a winner a week from today and post it on my blog so be sure to leave a comment and check back next Friday to see if the winner is you!!!!!
I woke up this morning and sat listening to the news over my coffee. Needless to say with all that’s been going on it left me feeling very sad at the state our country is in right now. For some reason this simple journal lesson popped into my head. It’s from my online art journaling class back in 2010 called Journal 365. I thought I’d share it with you as I’m revisiting it today. It’s so simple and it seems very cathartic to me right now to create something simple to represent how I feel right now.
Todays page spread using newspaper article text from some of the awful things that have been happening. It feels good to cover them with journaling and paint.
There is also a video at the end, remember that this is from 2010:-)
Choose an image or word or one of each. Using Matte Gel Medium (or other collage adhesive such as my Mixed Media Adhesive) glue image onto the page.
Note: I used a word ‘purpose’ and a scrap of vintage paper and saved my image to glue on top at the end.
Apply a wash of paint (I used Golden’s Liquid Nichol Azo Gold and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide mixed with Acrylic Glazing Medium and water in a dauber bottle, you can find the recipe on my website pamcarriker.com and the link for the bottles on the link page) or you can use my Fluid Matte Sheer acrylic paint in Goldenrod as is, to the outside edges of the collaged material forming a frame of sorts.
With a white pen (I used a Unibal Signo White Gel Pen) write around the painted portion. Using a graphite pencil write more around the outside edges. Use this step to spill your guts on the page. It will get covered up to any degree you wish and it’s such a wonderful release to journal freely like this.
This is an easy step that has a great impact on the finished page.
Use a charcoal pencil to shade around parts of your image and smudge it out using a blending stump. Next, take the same blending stump and smudge out bits of your graphite pencil journaling. You’ll get a touch of charcoal blending in with the pencil.
Add a wash (fluid acrylic paint mixed with water in about a 1/2 ratio) or you can use my Fluid Matte Sheer acrylic paint, White Washed, as is, to the whole page. Use a rag or paper towel to wipe some of it off so it doesn’t completely cover your image and journaling. If you want to cover more of your journaling you may want to add more to certain areas after the first layer dries. This unifies the page, blending the elements together.
Re-introduce the color you used around your image in step one to other areas of your page and blend with a baby wipe or damp rag. Add a third color (I used cobalt teal, or you can use my Fluid Matte Sheer acrylic paint in Turquoise) here and there on the page and blend in the same way. I just used hints of color so that my page would be mostly white.
Add your focal point (I used a butterfly) to really draw the eye to one place on your page. The word ‘Purpose’ is what I chose. To set the image into the page I added some additional cobalt teal paint around it and blended it out. Just a hint of color ties the image to the page instead of it just sitting on top. It’s the little subtle things like this that help to finish off a page.
Here is the video from the workshop
Life Book 2016 is a year long course with all of these wonderful teachers to inspire you!!!
First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven’t heard about it yet!
“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.
You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 8700 people in the past!) by clicking HERE
I haven’t fully developed my class idea yet, but I’m excited to be sharing my take on mixed media portraits with you, much like you can see in these journal pages:
I’m thrilled to announce that my new North Light DVD’s are available!!! So much fun to finally see them ‘out there’. It’s been several months since I was shooting them in cold Cincinnati last February. The whole experience has been a joyful ride and I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the sneak peeks for the videos on the North Light shop (just click the video images below)
And there’s also a value pack available with the stencils I used in the Color Wheel Journal!!