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
Here are the finished pages demoed in the video
These stencils reflect on personal struggles of the past year and will add powerful imagery to your art journaling and other mixed media work.
Here is a stepped out look at creating a journal spread with one of my new stencils
This page started off on a partially stenciled background using my Acrylic Inks and a copy of a sketch adhered with Mixed Media Adhesive, to give a nice matte finish to the page. Then I traced the stencil design with a Pitt Artist Pen. Using a small sponge dauber I applied Liquid Frisket through the stencil. Let it dry. The Liquid Frisket will mask off the stencil design to preserve the colors underneath.
I adhered more imagery using Mixed Media Adhesive and chose my color palette for the page. I’m using my Fluid Matt Sheer Acrylics in the following analogous color palette, Turquoise, Rain, Olive, Celedon and using a complementary color to Turquoise, Mustard Seed.
Because I’ve masked off the stencil design I can freely paint over the top of it with layers of color.
Using a Liquid Frisket removal tool, I can easily pull off the masking to reveal the page underneath.
I love how it went slightly outside the lines of the stencil design. This gives more interest to the page.
Here are some more pages done using my new stencils
I just have to share this new product, Tombow Xtreme tape runner! I was sent this product to try out and I’m very pleased to report that it is awesome! I’ve used it in a couple of workshops as well with great results. The hold is amazing and I’ve found it to be just what I needed to quickly and easily create handmade journals in class, when you want great staying power and no dry time.
When I sat down to actually make one to blog about I looked right at my journal shelves and decided to tackle a bit bigger project than just making one journal. As an in structor I end up with a lot of sample journals and some of them you can see here on the second from the bottom shelf. I’ve been wanting to bind several together to make larger, more substantial journals for some time and well, today’s the day!
So I grabbed a stack and then divided them into groups of three, which seemed about the right size and weight for the journals I wanted to make.
Because these are all made using the 10 Minute Journal Binding from my first book, Art at the Speed of Life, the outside stitches are all the same, two long stitches on the outside. If you’re making signatures from scratch you can see this blog post showing how I do that.
Next I used a scrap of chipboard to thread some cloth tape through the outside stitches, securing the tape on both sides of the journal stack.
Next I cut two pieces of matt board to the size of the journal. These are matt board blanks, what is cut out of matts made for pictures. I get them in bundles at Michael’s and they come in handy for many things.
Using the Xtreme Tape Runner, apply the sticky film to the back of the matt board and then stick right to the first and last pages of the bound journal stack. The trick to using a tape runner is to let it do the work-you don’t need to press hard just maintain an even pressure and speed as you guide the sticky where you want it. Side swipe to break the sticky film.
Once the covers are attached use some cloth tape to cover the binding.
Now my shelves look a bit neater and I’m motivate to go through my teaching supplies and dig out the rest of the samples from old workshops and bind them up too!
In the class, Lesley will show you how create transfers on a variety of surfaces and then you will get to make a book to put all of your transfers in! To enter to win a spot in the class, just leave a comment here on this blog post.
Contest closes Friday July 9th at 5pm EST!
HOW TO ENTER: Comment on this blog post and one winner will have a chance to win one spot in Lesley’s Online Class – Create with TAP. One winner will be selected at random using random.org on Friday July 9th at 5pm EST. No purchase necessary to enter. Please make sure to leave your email when you comment if you don’t have that info on your profile so I can contact you!
ALSO for more fun goodies … make sure to visit Lesley’s blog to enter to win a 5 sheet package of TAP!!!
Here are some journal pages I did using TAP and a reverse painting technique. I began with printing some of my lino block carving designs onto TAP, then I used the gelli plate and some stencils to print with acrylics on top of the black design (which will show up on top when transferred) Next I added some numbers with a stencil laid backward on the TAP so it will be the right orientation when transferred. Then I used an iron and transferred them into my watercolor journal!. Easy and fun!
Be sure to check out these other blogs for more inspiration and chances to win!
June 27 – Karen Watson — The Graphics Fairy
June 28 – Judy Coates Perez – Judy Coates Perez
June 29 – Theresa Wells Stifel – Stifel & Capra
June 30 – Lynn Krawczyk – Fiber Artysta
July 1 – Claudine Hellmuth – Claudine Hellmuth
July 2 – Gina Rossi Armfield – Joyful Purpose
July 3 – Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey
July 4 – Liz Kettle – Stitch Journeys
July 5 – Jane LaFazio – Janeville
July 6 – Joanne Sharpe – Whimspirations
July 7 – Pam Carriker – Pam Carriker
July 8 – Theresa Martin – Theresa Martin