Art Journal Every Day Q: How can I find all the previous Art Journal Every Day posts? A: Find them all listed by category and linked here. Q: What is Art Journal Every Day? A: Art Journal Every Day is weekly feature on this blog. Q: What does the title "Art Journal Every Day" mean? A: I do my best to art journal every day. Q: How can I participate? A: Lots of different ways! There is a free flickr group here for sharing photos of your pages. Also, you can grab this button... ...for your blog by copying the text in the box and pasting it into your sidebar. Q: What if I've never art journaled before? A: Jump right in! Q: What supplies do I need to get started? A: You don't "need" anything.
The Kathryn Wheel *e*: mini art journal challenge so sorry you guys...this beingsickwhilebreastfeedingsickneedybaby thing hasn't been fun. or left me with much energy to create/blog! but i did quickly crank out a card tonight. laying in bed sick does provide time to think (in between ga-ga-ing at my cute babe and answering endless questions from my curious 4 year old)...and something sort of hit me over the head - that lately, i really feel comfy and happy in this 'place' that i'm in. something i've been seeking for a long time. instead of dwelling on what i used to have, or dreaming of what i want to have, i'm content with it all right now. and i'm proud that i am! it's only been, geez, 9 years to get me here?!! this week's prompt is: self realisationwhat have you come to discover about yourself lately? or, think of a time in your life that you had a 'brick over the head' moment, and journal about that. will check out cards tomorrow as i lay in bed some more!
Spectacular Moleskine Doodles Explode with Energy - My Modern Met Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes proves that doodling can be so much more than scratching unintelligible scribbles on paper. Through his Sketchy Stories blog, Rosanes shares his wonderful world of doodling in a simple Moleskine sketchbook. Equipped with an ordinary Moleskine, a few Uni Pin drawing pens, and his innate gift for drawing, the artist is able to transport viewers to a world where tiny, cartoonish creatures explode with gusto to make up larger entities. Each of the illustrator's complex and crowded sketches are filled with minute details that allow the eye to wander and discover new characters and designs at every turn. The portraits are immediately mesmerizing, but even more spectacular when looked upon closely. Kerby Rosanes websiteKerby Rosanes on deviantART via [Gaks]
Watercolour Pencils Would ya look at that? I'm blogging at night. That's weird. Short-and-sweet-disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert, a teacher, or an art prodigy when it comes to any of these tiplets or media. So, in the true spirit of CREATING and letting go and being loose - leave your mark. Okay. Let's get a little wishy-washy. You need a few things to get started here. The Watercolour Pencils. Alright - rip a page out of your sketchbook (you don't have to!) Throw down some colours. Spray it. NOTE from COMMENTS: I just let it air dry. Look at how beautiful that is. This is a scan of the finished product. A couple of months back I put out an ALL-CALL for starfish... and I got about 35 starfish photos in less that 24 hours. Alright. Have a beautiful night.
Homemade Glitter Homemade shimmery glitter is probably the easiest thing you can make and really pretty to look at. Plus, this version is edible and nontoxic for crafting. Supplies: table salt, food coloring and a tupperware container to mix in. Isn’t it pretty? Milliande Demetriou - Contemporary Mixed Media Artist Sewing on your journal pages by aisling d'art ©2007 You can use any page in a book like fabric (to sew on, for example) by using iron-on interfacing on the back side of the page. Yes, just iron it on, the same as you would iron interfacing onto fabric. It won't always stick 100%, but it will work well enough that you can sew through it. (If you try to embroider or sew beads onto regular pages in a book, the thread tends to pull right through the paper, if the thread is tugged.) You can do the same thing with your journal cover. You can then embroider with emboidery floss, yarn, thin ribbon, etc. At left, you can see one of my journal covers that I've embellished with sewn-on buttons. After you've finished your sewing (or other embellishment), you can glue a page or fabric over the ironed-on interfacing, so your stitches are concealed. You'll find iron-on interfacing at any fabric shop. Then again, after I sew beads onto the page, I like to cover the interfacing side with more paper... maybe a collage.
Watercolor Cards If you have been loving the watercolor and ombre trend recently, you are going to LOVE this amazing DIY Sarah is bringing us today! She is sharing a sweet way to ask your bridesmaids if they will stand by your side on your wedding day. This DIY is so adorable and super easy! It is even more awesome because this technique can be applied to so many elements in your wedding (hello, fabulous escort cards and favor tags!) It’s DIY time again, lovely readers! Materials Watercolor paper cut into 9″x6.25″ rectangles, folded into cards(size A6: 4.5″x6.25″), 1 per bridesmaidWatercolor paints (the cheap Crayola one will work just fine!) Helpful hints: Using a bone folder to fold the paper is very helpful, since watercolor paper tends to be thicker than printer or scrapbooking paper. Step 1: Cut all of the paper (watercolor and scrapbook) to the sizes indicated above. Step 2: After the design is fully traced onto the card, un-tape and place on your work surface. Share:
How to Blend Colored Pencil Drawings with Rubbing Alcohol Rubbing alcohol is a great solvent for colored pencils. It breaks down the wax binder in most colored pencils and allows the pigments to blend more like paint. It’s also wonderful for restoring the paper’s tooth. When compared to other available solvents, it’s much less toxic and much more accessible. I use rubbing alcohol in three main ways: 1. Light blending can be used in a variety of situations. I also use rubbing alcohol to create a more saturated color field. Color can also be pulled into an adjoining area by wetting the layers of color and dragging or drawing it into areas of blank paper. For any of these methods, use a cotton swab or cotton ball. Cotton balls are bigger, so they are great for larger areas. The only thing to watch for with either cotton swabs or cotton balls is migrating color. In the image above, you see the difference between blending with rubbing alcohol (bottom half) and no blending (top half). Take care in using this method to tint paper. 2. 3. A few caveats
100 Art Therapy Exercises - Expressive Art Inspirations (Fritz Perlz - Gestalt Therapist) Here is a popular internet list of art therapy activities originally posted up many years ago by the Nursing School Blog, and as time has gone by over half of the links have become defunct or out of date. I have researched current links that reflect the inspiring art therapy directives on the internet today, while aiming to keep them as close as possible to the original list. Warmly, Shelley Klammer Emotions Deal with emotions like anger and sadness through these helpful exercises. Draw or paint your emotions. Relaxation Art therapy can be a great way to relax. Paint to music. Happiness Art can not only help you deal with the bad stuff, but also help you appreciate and focus on the good. Collage your vision of a perfect day.Think about what constitutes a perfect day to you and collage it. Portraits Often, a great way to get to know yourself and your relationships with others is through portraits. Create a past, present and future self-portrait. Trauma and Loss
Gesso ©2004 - 2006 by Aisling D'Art Gesso is a useful option for art journaling. It's also used for painting and mixed media art. I use gesso often. However, many (perhaps most) artists never use gesso in their journals. Here's what gesso is and tips for how you can use it. Gesso can go under paint or heavy collage or embellishments, to make your journal pages stronger. Gesso is a primer. Originally, gesso only came in white. Gesso makes the surface a little stiffer. Today, gesso comes in many colors. It's useful for mixed media work as well as fine art paintings. Gesso is different from paint. Originally, gesso was a mixture of calcium--like chalk--in a thin base of animal glue. When you see religious paintings and icons on wood, they were probably painted over gesso. But, gesso changed in the 20th century. In recent years, some artists have begun to question whether or not acrylic gesso is the right product to use under oil paint. When I journal, I use white gesso as well as black gesso.
Sandpaper Surface & Colour Pencils The kinds of surfaces suitable for colored pencil are nearly endless. If a surface will accept dry media of any kind, it will work for colored pencil, often with a minimum of preparation. The paper Today’s demonstration was created on UART premium pastel paper. For today’s project with colored pencils, I chose the finest tooth available: 800 grit. The format I conduct most experiments on a small scale. My process The first thing I found in working with sandpaper is that it’s not imperative to keep pencils needle-sharp. While the resulting jagged pencil tip is unlikely to damage UART pastel paper, breakage is a nuisance, so instead of sharpening often, I used my colored pencils almost like pastels: blunt, with medium to heavy pressure and firm strokes. The good news was that the paper took a lot of color from start to finish. I found that a detailed drawing is unnecessary with this paper because of the difficulty of transferring an image by traditional means. Final thoughts