So Julie posted a whole wack of examples on the different approaches people take to an art journal. I didn't focus in on too much truthfully, and will keep her prompts in mind when creating, but I just want to be left open and free to do what I want! I decided I was going to create some backgrounds, so that those 10 mins creativity can be put to good use on the days that time is a factor!
So before I post the pages, I thought I'd share what kind of book I am using! I don't have a clue if this is a good one or not (again .. learning curve) but I opted for a mixed media book. I got it at Michaels for maybe $15. Anyways .. will give this a try and then through trial and error will see if it works! Please feel free to post any other types that are out there too!
Here is the cover
So a couple of months ago I started a basic background at Katies! It was a mixture of water colour paints and other paints that I can't remember! What I did learn though, with this type of book, I need to lightly prime my paper with gesso. Other wise the paper can get very soft ... very quick! Water colour paper is likely the most ideal, but again .. I have no clue what I am making .. so the mixed media seemed to be a better choice! WINK
Katie suggested I take the stick of the paint brush and do some swirly lines .. so I did! I LOVE IT! I am seeing this as an underwater funky fish page! LOL I had to snap the next pic too, as i am loving that my spirals are getting gummed up now too ... I bet that'll look so cool at the end .. will have to keep a close eye that I can actually turn my pages though! LOL
I started a collage background with all kinds of paper scraps that I have had lying around! I used some funky edged scissors to cut them and used a matte gel medium to adhere them to the page! I glued on the book and the scrap paper and over the paper. These babies aren't moving! LOL
I love that none of these papers really match each other but when they come together it just works! LOL Here is a close up!
Now on to my fave so far! So I was going thru some stash stuff and I have a ridiculous amount of rub-ons .. which I rarely use. ALPHA RUB ONS .. oh why did I indulge in so many? In 2004-2006 it was all rave .... and guess what??? RUB ONS DON'T LAST FOREVER! LMAO No worries .. I found a solution for the crazy ................ TAAADAAAAAA!
SO there you have it .. off to a good start I think! I am loving this .... and I am loving that my girl Katie sends me e-mails and posts to keep blogging! Thanks for reading sweetie and encouraging me to share! I forgot how much I have loved this world!