Just completed a couple more pages in my small hand-made journal, using my DecoArt Media Fluids. The colour wheels have been influenced by the work of Sabrina Ward Harrison - LOVE her art! Of course I always love a good colour wheel, but after recent much publicised legislations and celebrations I wanted to include a rainbow too. Which actually turned out a bit like a mandala. Mm mandala ... now there's a thought for a future journal page ....
I just love a ready made journal ... the instant accessibility is a winner. And I should know because I have got lots and lot of journals (none of them are finished of course!)
But I don't think there is anything more satisfying than making your own journal from scratch.
I recently went to a proper bookbinding course (!) I learned a lot, but the finished book was a bit too neat for me so I couldn't wait to do my own freestyle version.
I finally got the time to play with my new Decoart Media goodies yay! The combination of fluid acrylics with the white tinting base is right up my street. If you have seen any of my DVDs or watched any of my on-line classes, you will know I nearly always begin painting with white and add colour to it allowing me to build up depth of colour, so this combination is great for me :-)
I started by making a colour swatch. You knew I would do that didn't you?!
And then I made a concertina style journal using cartridge paper. Some of the pages are already complete but I still have a lot to add to the others:
This is how the pages began. Yikes, it looks really messy!
The cover was constructed with grey board covered with Ranger Sticky back canvas. and coated with Paynes Grey. I then gave it a good coat of Decoart Matte Varnish, before stamping and embossing in clear:
I have started to add the pages to the inside but I am keeping it 'free' at the back of the journal to allow me to pull the pages out fully to work on but you can see here how it is starting to look like a book.
It has taken me a while to get round to blogging these messy mark making pages ... June just seemed to get super-busy all of a sudden. I don't like it when life and work get so busy, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow ....
A while ago I taught my lovely regular art journaling class at Art from the Heart (Harrogate UK). I want to be really careful that we don't just fall into a rut with this class, it would be so easy to do! I want us to keep pushing on and learning new skills, try new things ... even if we don't always like them LOL!
When you want to break out of a rut you can't beat a bit of mark making. It is just SUCH fun to do. I really seriously got engrossed in these pages. I worked on loose leaf card and then decided that I loved these so much I wanted these in my journal so I just stuck them in.
I like how these pages look side by side:
I have not time at all to just 'play' recently but hopefully things will quieten down a bit because I have got new goodies to try! Ooooh look at this lovely lot! I can feel a bit more experimental mark making coming on ...!
Sometimes, just sometimes, it feels good to just really let go and play. And I mean really let go.
At the moment I am creating with very limited supplies as most of my art materials are on their way to The Artistic Stamper (Kent, UK) ahead of my workshops there this weekend. I think it actually did me good as I couldn't just reach for my usuals....
I don't even know if this is finished. It might be, or it might not be. Time will tell. But one thing I do know, it that was a lot of fun to do!
Last week we had the school half term so we were all home for the week. I do love half terms! I love losing the relentless routine for a few days (although by the end of the week I'm usually craving routine again LOL!). We decided to stay local-ish and just enjoy some days out in our glorious Yorkshire countryside, or God's Own Country, as it's known!
The yarn bombers (or guerrilla knitters) are back at Saltburn. Yay!
And finally, as it's summer here now in the UK (well, sort of!) I dug out the sewing machine and made some bunting for the garden.