Updated: Sep 13, 2022
Art Journaling is simple,easy and inexpensive to begin. It’s one of the most forgiving ways to make art because in an art journal, everything you make is safely contained within your own personal book. You can choose to never show your art journal to anyone or share a few pages with everyone! it’s a space where you can let loose and explore with colors, shapes, lines, and your words all at once. You may choose to leave your journals more free-form and expressive, or you may want to have more of a “finished” art product on each page. Here’s some ideas on how to get started.
If you’d like to see a video with some live examples of art journaling, you can check out my video's in #Watercolor Wednesday's for fun projects. You can work out ideas, colors and add written words for future projects. Want to experiment with new materials like ink pens,gouache, watercolors or sketching? Your journal will be the easiest way to explore and try out different materials that will help spark future projects. In other words, your journal is a great starting point for idea's you want to work through so you can experiment freely and they are perfect for reviewing past experiments to see your own progression of ideas.
In the First Episode of Watercolor Wednesday's we will be working with colored pencils (me for the first time) and experimenting!
STEP ONE: Gather some Art Journal
• Unlined Art Journal (If you like the black journal above) you can find it here.
• Paint - Watercolor - Watercolor Pencils - Gouache - Acrylic
(Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencil Tin, Set of 60 Colors) can be found here.
• Washi Masking Tape - can be found here.
• Art Pen - in Black and Dark Sepia - can be found here.
• Pencil - Derwent Graphic - can be found here.
• Watercolor brush - soft, natural hair is the best. Using a stiff bristle brush will remove color.
• Water container.
• Pencil sharpener - my favorite can be found here.
STEP TWO: Create a barrier using Washi Tape
• For this first episode, I added a barrier using Washi Tape (see above where it can be found).
• Sketched in a colorful fish.
• Began layering the pencil colors beginning with the bright yellows and soft pinks.
• Building layers is the key. Warning, if you paint using watercolors you may find it difficult to get typical, tight lines that you may be used to while using a brush.
• Choosing a dark background applying less water kept it from warping drastically as this paper is not meant to be really wet which makes watercolor pencils ideal.
• Keep your pencils really sharp if you want detail. Even sharp pencils don't always give tight detail so it has some limits.
• Choose a fun image to work with that has good color. That way you can play with layering.
STEP THREE: Have some FUN!
• In the next few episodes of Watercolor Wednesday's,
I'll show you some fun projects using different materials!
SKETCH AND PAINT DAILY
Sketching for the "BEYOND REALISM" series!
Furry Studio companion a must!
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The wait is almost over!
Due to health issues, I had to take a very long break as I come back slowly and prepare to go live soon!
It is with so much gratitude to everyone who has blown my mind at the number of people interested in my classes!
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