Today I have an art journaling idea that you just might like to have a go at yourself…
Please use the supplies you have to hand, a sketchbook is great but equally a piece of paper with some gesso brushed over is fine also. You don’t need a firm idea in your head what the piece has to look like either…
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Supplies I used:
Pen for writing out my uncensored thoughts
Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint - greens, brown, yellow, red, white
Black Stabilo pencil (for mark making)
Peel and Sketch charcoal pencil
Adhesive/glue - I use Liquitex matt medium but equally, craft glue would be fine for your sketchbook
Ready for some art journaling? Here we go:
Write out all your stresses, worries and generally anything that’s taking up head space right now - just get it all down and if you run out of space, simply write over what’s already there. Scribbling and scrawly hand-writing with spelling mistakes are all totally fine and - please put perfection to one side!
Next, slap on some gesso - it’s like an undercoat for your work - preparing you for the next stage of painting over with delicious colour. You can use white, grey (this is what I used) or black gesso or, why not mix some acrylic paint into whatever colour you have.
Give a blast with a hairdryer - move it around the piece so it dries evenly.
Grab yourself a photo, magazine image or whatever inspires/touches you - it doesn’t have to be a portrait.
Find some collage items - paper, stamps, fabric, old envelopes, wrapping paper - whatever you like and whatever you have to hand. Place and position them and then adhere them to your substrate with craft glue, glue sticks or matt medium.
Lightly sketch out your main element - mine is obviously a portrait but you could feature a pretty flower, an animal, pattern, or an object that you love etc. Take your time…
Dilute some acrylic paint and start adding darker values signifying shadows.
Add white or lighter values for areas of highlight.
I added a red scarf and decided I didn’t like the shape I’d constructed and so altered it a little.
Start adding some other hues - I added various greens, red and hints of yellow.
Details - I painted in a snazzy earring, a little bird, some foliage and a cute little house. Getting personal with your touches is a beautiful thing - go to town with this.
Mark making - I created some loose marks on the collaged papers which kind of looked like rain and funnily enough I realised when I was finished that it had been raining.
Lastly, I added some more words and this time my words had transformed from being full of angst to feeling playful, relaxed and all with a feeling of gratitude.
So, I do hope you’ve enjoyed this art journaling inspiration today. My hope is that this will give you a creative and gentle way to vent some of your worries and make ‘all things new’ by painting over with a different message, one of hope and gratitude.
Lastly, remember, I love hearing from you, so please let me know how you get on in the comments below.