If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, all the posts can be found here. Please read this post first. There is a flickr group for sharing right here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. Just play!
I will have the sign-up for May posted on May 1! Newcomers are always welcome!
On Saturday I went bowling. It was my first time bowling with big balls. Previously I had only been candle pin bowling. My brother was very nice and gave me some instruction along the way. It didn't seem to be helping. My first game I scored 26. In case you don't know bowling, that's pathetic. It means I got mostly gutter balls the entire time. When we started the second game, I figured, "What the heck do I have to lose? I can't be worse than 26!" I bowled a 134 the second game! I got TWO strikes and a few spares! Wow!
So how did I get so much better?
Well, my brother is a very good instructor. But really I think it was the letting go of caring. Sometimes we hold onto things so tightly wanting to be perfect that we subconsciously sabotage ourselves. The third game I bowled a 55. Started caring again and clenching again because I liked how I bowled during the second game. You can probably guess that this post is not really about bowling. It's time to let go of those visions of perfect art journaling pages and let yourself run free!
Let's face it, a blank page can be intimidating. Even to the most advanced and experienced art journalers a blank page can be very daunting!
The fact is, we all do this thing where we buy pretty journals with the best of intentions. Sometimes it's good to just mess that journal up so you don't have to feel like it's sacrosanct. Also, I often start not on the first page. The only journal that I go in order in, is my daily art journal (it's more diary like). My other art journals start in the middle or the back and then flit around. There are no rules!
Today I thought I'd share a few of my favorite ways for transforming that big blank white page into something less intimidating!
METHOD ONE: Spray and Brush
This is definitely my #1 method. It's just too easy to avoid!
Spray your journal with spray ink. I used Mister Huey from Studio Calico and Adirondack Color Wash from Ranger for this page.
Now using a wet paintbrush spread that mist around and let it blend!
METHOD TWO: Two Drips Meet
We're misting again. This time with Adirondack Color Wash only. I spray a lot of the mist on one edge of my art journal. (Note the scrap paper protecting the page underneath.)
METHOD THREE: Roll, Roll, Roll
I'm using two colors of Golden Fluid Acrylics, but any acrylic paints would work for this! Squeeze some color out onto your journal...
METHOD FOUR: Float, Drop & Squash
Grab a spray bottle of water and some re-inkers. Saturate your page with water and drop a few droplets into the watered surface.
Continue adding droplets of color.
METHOD FIVE: Stencil and Wipe
I adore stencils! I'm using a distressed harlequin pattern from The Crafter's Workshop for this page.
Thanks for stopping by!