Thursday, January 24, 2013

Art Journal page: Just Be You

I'm not sure I care for the size of my new art journal. It's 8 1/2 x 11. My last one was half that size and seemed less intimidating. It's also taking me a week to complete a page, but that probably has more to do with not being very inspired lately. I've also been spending a lot more time watching tutorial videos and looking at pictures of other people's work. I've been looking for inspiration, but mostly end up wishing I knew what I was doing.

Anyway, here's this weeks page! The writing says: By your own soul learn to live/ and if some thwart you take no heed/ if some hate you have no care/ sing your song/ dream your dream/ hope your hope/ and pray your prayer - Pakenham Beatty. I came across that poem? quote?- whatever it is, this week. I had already been thinking along the lines of "be yourself", so it really stuck with me, especially since it basically means "forget the haters; just do your own thing."

This is how it started. I had used the under-journaling technique I talked about here and this is how it came out.

I didn't like it, so I played around with it some more and finally decided just to cover it. I used a bunch of random scraps- the only thing they had in common was that they all had at least some blue.

I used a light coat of gesso over top, but wiped it off a bit in some places to let the paper show through.

Then I used a technique I saw on Pinterest. The original page is here. Basically, instead of using modeling paste through a stencil, you use a glue stick. My stencil, however had dried paint on it and the glue picked up the color, which is where the red came from. I also did it with a clean stencil, but it's not really visible in the photo. I was originally intending to stick to shades of blue, but I kind of like how the red looked and decided to go with it.

Next I used sequin waste/ punchinella with some acrylic paint. I also put a few drops of spray ink at the top of the page, spritzed it with water, and tilted the book up to make it run.

I don't have any more in progress pictures, even though I did a lot of little things here and there. I'll try to remember everything. With a very thin coat of gesso, I made a place for the poem I found and wrote that in. The Just Be You was done with a Sharpie and I traced just inside the letters with white gel pen. I added the girl- she's from a catalog- and traced around her with a white gel pen. She didn't stand out very well, so I gave her a shadow. I used a black Faber-Castell gelato. First time using it, so I had no clue what I was doing, but I just played around with it until I was happy with how it looked. I also used it around the poem and around the edge of the page to give it a more defined look.

Here's the finished piece again:

 I wasn't real sure about this page at first, but the more I look at it, the more I like it!


  1. I love what you have done on this page-lots of wonderful layers!! I used to work on small surfaces for many years.This is the first year I'm using the "big" book and love it! Thanks for sharing at AJED!

  2. Hi, it's Sharmaine from Cocoa Daisy. I love what you created AND I love that the red came off your stencil!! I do that all the time and "just go with it" is definitely the best method ;)
    Thank you for stopping back by the Cocoa Daisy blog and letting us know you used the technique, because your page is super cool and inspiring :)

  3. Great layering! I really love the color you added with the sequin waste!

  4. What a great page you've created, I really like the shading you've added round the girl & the poem, it makes them float on the page & the layers seem more apparent. Glad you liked the page in the end, I think going through a 'not liking' stage is normal & if you just keep adding more layers more often than not you can pull it back together. :-)

  5. Wonderful build up of layers- love the message!

  6. It looks awesome!I know I'm a little late in telling you, but just found your Blog today on Pinterest and had to let you know your work is great!