For the last few days I have been making pages for an Art Journal--whatever that is. In my case, it turns out to be an excuse to play with different techniques and materials. I got some new Martha Stewart Craft Paint to try, and I found that I really love the stuff! I am gleefully adding it to my stash of inventory--art NEEDS inventory, remember? When it came on sale at half price for a day at Michaels, I loaded up on a set of Satin colors and a set of Pearl/Metallic colors. I got one glitter--copper--to use for Halloween, and an almost-white, and black, and indigo and a bright blue. I find I will need a bright green, a purple, and a dark brown. Of course I can mix the colors, but for craft paints, I like to get the color already mixed. I also used Golden heavy body acrylics for some pages.
So I scanned all the pages I did, and today I made a virtual art journal using some of the scans.
|This is the title page|
I used some Elmer's glue with the Martha paint to make crackle pages, and I also used Ranger's Distress Crackle Paint. I had to thin that some--it dries out in the jar, and you have to keep an eye on it to thin it before it gets too hard.
|On the left, yellow craft paint layered with Elmer's Glue-all and red craft paint; on the right, copper metallic craft paint layered with Elmer's and blue craft paint|
|These pages have Distress crackle paint over Martha's craft paint|
You have to zoom in pretty far to see the crackles. The two methods give quite a different effect. I have some acrylic crackle stuff to mix with my Golden colors, and I will have to give that a workout soon.
|Here is the first spread after the title page.|
I have been taking of series of pictures of me reflected in various objects, such as mirrors, windows, tea kettles, and this bottle, which I saw at the Saturday Market in Ilwaco when we were vacationing in Long Beach, Washington last September.
I like these birdies just the way they were, so I didn't do much to them in Photoshop.
I have a lot of fun collecting things to make texture in my art. One really super find was a piece of blue plastic bubble wrap with triangular bubbles arranged in hexagons. It gets a lot of use in my art.
|These circles were made using a glue stick container.|
Now I have switched to Golden heavy-body acrylic. I painted a thick coat of the green, and mashed the holder I got with a pack of glue sticks into it. I also painted the holder with Golden magenta and stamped with it. Some wet brushwork over the green side thinned the paint out some. The photographs are some I took this summer.
|My daughter, Susan Ruth, is an artist; these pages salute her . The circles are made with a pill-bottle top.|
|I used stencils on this spread.|
|For this one, I used a page twice and stuck it on a scan of the spiral wire |
and inverted the colors in Photoshop; more stencilling.
|A spread cobbled together in Photoshop from two larger pages;|
on the left, magenta Golden paint; on the right, Elmer's and Martha Stewart craft paint.
All in all, it was a grand couple of play days! Very refreshing! ---Nan