I continue to enjoy my sketchbook art journal–both painting in it and writing in it. Here are two more of spreads for February. Both of them bring back good memories. I am not concerned about my illustrated journaling being connected to the specific week in which it appears.
This one is straightforward sketching and water-color with a dash of washi tape.
This one includes a teapot made at a friend’s surprise birthday party yesterday.
The dated rectangles are in wet on wet water-color with coffee granules dropped onto them. After the paint dried I brushed off the coffee. One thing I love about wet on wet water colors is how the paint knows its bounds and will not go beyond the area that is already wet.
This sketchbook takes fine line Sharpie markers great. This spread backs up to the green one above and there is no bleed through at all. I’m linking this post to Art Journal Everyday and Creative Every Day.
All night long the song from the Kia commercial was ringing in my head, “I live for the applause, applause, applause, I live for the applause, ‘plause, ‘plause.” And it was completely connected in my mind to my immersion in social media. Namely Facebook, Pinterest and blogging. So during the night and with resolve this morning I have decided to take a month of social media detox.
By my blogoversary on December 27th, I will have blogged consistently one or more times per week for five years, so it might be a bit of a challenge not to. LOL but it won’t be near the challenge that staying off of Facebook will be! As I write this post and look for picture selections from the media tab below, you should see the funny suggestions it is giving me. Like this one: “Dead fish of death on the vacation beach.” Or the delightfully spelled, “Lazzy feet on beach.” Or a magazine room in an air raid shelter… and I don’t think it was magazines to read.
I’ll go with one that I took and see you in 2014.
This past weekend I played with both the Gelli Plate and watercolors and came up with this.
The elephant was inspired by a gorgeous one I saw on Pinterest that looked like it was done in the wet on wet technique. The shading on the elephant was done with Derwent Inktense pencil. The background is a Gelli print I did by leaving layers of previous colors on the plate until they were almost dry then adding the green. Next I pressed the paper on and allowed it to almost dry to the plate. That peeling paint look is one of my favorite characteristics of Gelli prints. The shapes were made with an empty printer cartridge box. This one is done on watercolor paper.
I would like to get better at watercolors this year and am going to take a page from Jenny Frith’s sketchbook journal and do my own like it. If I could find a class that wouldn’t cut into grandbaby time I might just take it.