That's what I've been up to these past couple of weeks. I'll always put art journal pages in my blog titles--I don't really have any art journals (just LOTS of idea sketchbooks), but I know that what I'm showing here could also be great for journal pages--especially if you're just starting out and trying new art supplies and techniques--art journals are a great way to start--to learn.
So on 140lb cold press watercolor paper this is how I warmed up--
....laid down some paint with layers of stencils and stamping....and then--
I first sketched a design using my General's sketch and wash pencil. It's a water soluble pencil--so if you don't like what you draw, just take a little water to wipe it away. There's lots of pencils like this out in the market, but this one, for whatever reason, is my favorite one to use. And then when I liked what I did, I went over the pencil lines with my black marker pen (Faber-Castel pitt pen)--then I blocked out the design with more acrylic paint--basically, painting the background to bring the main design out into the foreground.
So I kept going--
I added more paint (brought in the violet color)--some more design elements in the tree, flowers, and birds, added a sun. And I also used my Prisma NuPastel chalk sticks. I have a couple different brands of chalk pastels, but again, these are my favorite to use--just love that rich color!
Finishing touch--putting it into a frame--
Some more watercolor paper--and some more painting--
lots of doodling this time--I call this one "Gossip Girls" : ) (I always wonder what those birds are chirping about in my neighborhood!)
And remember I said that I had lots of sketchbooks with my ideas inside--they always come in handy for when I'm looking for inspiration--
....and more framing....
.......and more painting....
This one took a little longer---struggling with that face--but in the end --all good...
So this is what I've been dong since I last blogged, and oh yes, the most important thing---we have a new grandson!
Anthony Louis (Tj for short)--8lbs. 3oz.--born on April 26, and I was there for the whole thing--amazing!! He's a little doll!