Art journal play: Alternative Mark Making

Art journal prompt: Alternative Mark Making The Day 8 creative prompt was Alternative Mark Making. I mixed up a complementary color palette of red-orange and blue-green, and a few neutrals and worked larger on an 11×14 sheet of bristol coated with acrylic gesso. It was fun to make the marks with non-brush tools like credit cards, sharpened chopstick, popsicle stick, crumpled paper, and a mascara wand. One of my favorite tools was a little rolled up piece of canvas which made the round stamp shapes. I also really liked little surprises where the warm and cool colors played against each…

Art journal play: Shapes

Art journal prompt: Shapes The Day 7 creative prompt was Shapes. I started with this lemon yellow gouache and watercolor, and wanted to keep the colors simple with yellow, black, and white. It’s been fun to play with messy layers, but I can feel myself wanting to bring in more direction. I’m trying to fight through that and not put expectations and too many limitations on the exploration. I think that will start to hinder this as a free space.

Art journal play: Texture

Art journal prompt: Texture The Day 6 creative prompt was Texture. The only direction I gave myself for this one was to use crushed up brown leaves from the yard, adhered to the grey journal page with acrylic medium. With those pieces in place along with some tissue paper layers, I scraped on thick gesso and scratched some texture into that. It needed a bit of color so I dabbed in some lemon yellow gouache mixed with gesso, and smooshed in a bit of black acrylic paint for contrast. A water soluble pencil scratched some more texture and tone into…

Art journal play: Work Small

Art journal prompt: Work Small This Day 5 creative prompt was a lot of fun. Working small isn’t something I would have intuitively chosen but I really enjoyed it. It was also a good opportunity to make another no-sew folded journal. It’s something I learned how to make from a Cathy Johnson tutorial, and is the same type of journal I used for the 100 Day Project of daily patterns. One day maybe I’ll make a hand sewn art journal, but this version is so quick and simple and good for instant gratification. You take one sheet of paper, fold…

Art journal play: Color Background

Art journal prompt: Color Background The Day 4 creative prompt was Color Background. Wendy suggested choosing a color you don’t typically use and I thought that sounded like a cool challenge. I mixed up a mid-value red-violet, a color I have pretty much no love for. And the fun part came with choosing the colors to use on top of it. I’ve been itching to use an earthy yellow ochre, so went with a triadic color scheme and rounded it out with blue-green. Triadic color scheme and compositional sketch With the color palette and a basic composition as a starting point,…