Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Art Journal Page

Merry Christmas! I've been working on this page all week and finally got it done!

This page started with a layer of self-adhesive gift tags, which I gessoed over. Then there was some painting through stencils in red and green. The tree was made using washi (and other) tape and outlined with gelatos. The Merry Christmas was cut off a gift bag.

The one thing I don't like is the star. I wish I had made the tree come to a point so the star wouldn't look out of place. Or I could have left off the star completely, but by the time I realized I didn't like it, it was too late. I don't really hate it, I just think it looks awkward because it's obviously not at the top of the tree. Oh well! I suppose you learn something with every page or other project you do. I learned to plan my page better, or at least to not glue things down until I'm sure. Of course, I've had this lesson many times and I don't always follow it. My art style is more "do this and see what happens" than any sort of plan. I think it works for me.

I was looking back through the pages I've done this year and I realized there aren't any that I hate. There's a couple that I don't like very much, some I love, and some that are just ok but none that I just can't stand. I think that is awesome because I have such a hard time considering myself an artist after being a crafter for so many years. But, at the end of the year, I'll have a book (once I rebind it) full of art that I did, most of which is pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. So I guess what I'm saying is that I feel really good about the art I've done this year.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

New Art Journal Page

I couldn't think of a name for this page, but I'm not very good at that anyway. I wasn't feeling very inspired this week, so I'm pleased that this page turned out so well.

I started by gluing down some paper bits- actually wrapping paper scraps. I gessoed over that, and then used some spray inks through a stencil. I did some random stamping. I cut out a model from a magazine and used her as a mask. The lines were made with gel pens.

The colors in the picture below are not quite true to life, but you get the idea.