I recently posted a video of one of my art journals on YouTube. I thought I’d follow up with a couple of still shots from that journal for your entertainment. This is a journal that I worked in last year (2015) where I experimented with a variety of mediums and basically let my art muse out to play. Above is a picture of my wallaby girl.. she’s a sort of human/ wallaby hybrid who loves to garden. She pops in and out of my work on occasion along with my harpie muse Myra. She was created using a variety of different art supplies… watercolour and Inktense pencils, stencils, acrylic paint etc.
These two pages above where started by painting on a thin layer of clear gesso. The gesso helps to strengthen the paper so it can handle heavier applications of wet media.this particular gesso left a sand papery like finish as it is designed for pastels. But I threw cheap water colour and other stuff on it because i liked the texture it created. I also used Caran d’Ache Neocolour II watersoluble crayons to make the shapes which were just blobs and scribbles until I saw the pictures emerging under-neigh. Once I saw what they could be I refined the pictures so that the subjects emerged. It’s fun to do this kind of thing… starting off without any idea what you are doing and ending up with something unexpected. I think the black outline was actually done at the end with a charcoal pencil and not an Inktense outliner as I stated in the video.
This last one was a page that I used to get rid of some left over acrylic paint from a piece of bubble wrap. I had the book with me in the waiting room at the out patients clinic waiting for an orthopaedic appointment for my daughter. I also had my Inktense pencils with me. This took about an hour with another half hour at home to complete it. Drawn with a purple and a brown fine liner and Inktense with some flesh tone watercolour pencils. the acrylic paint did not worry me at all. I find ‘messing up’ the paper first is an advantage as I am no longer fussy about getting things perfect and therefore frees up my creativity completely.
The book I’m using, by the way, is a cheap hard bound cartridge paper art journal marketed here by Quill and sells at OfficeWorks for around $7-$8 Australian. I like the paper… it bleeds through to the back only lightly with wet media and doesn’t seem to wrinkle up with wet media. It’s not great for any one art supply but it’s proved to be a good, cheap all rounder and it’s well bound. I use these journals a lot.