Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Art Journal page: Who will save me?

When I started this, I had no idea what the finished page would look like. It changed all the time. That happens a lot when I'm Art-Journaling.

I made some photo's along the way...

Started with a layer of gesso, 
and a drawing with Inktense pencils.

 A second layer of Inktense pencils.
I wanted to add collage flowers... 
but now it looked like an underwater scene...

So I added some bubbles with acrylic paint and bubble wrap...

At this point I wanted to glue something.... 
so added pieces of paper napkins, with flower-pattern, all over the page...

It looked a bit full so I toned the top part down with a mix of acrylics: white, blue and green.

Now it looked a bit mysterious... a mermaid could be living there.
So I drew a picture of a mermaid on layout paper (with Copic markers). 
And made the tail with pattern paper.

More markers to draw the hair, and to color the tail...

I wonder what she could be holding?

I added a net with gel pen. 
And details in the hair with black marker.

More details on the net with a fine blue marker. 
Shadow under the mermaid with Inktense pencil.
Art journal page:(Mermaid) Who will save me?
Ready to add some text...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Art journal page "Favorite colors"

I started my new journal with this page, using blue, green and purple.
Picture before text:
Background: collage colored pieces from magazines,
with Neocolor II's on top.
Girl & bird: Drawn with Copic markers (I love how they blend!) on layout paper.
Dress: pattern paper (scrapbook paper)

Art journal page: Favorite colors

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Step by step: Art journal page "Autumn" with collage background.Part 2

Step 5:

I used gold acrylic paint to lighten up the dark parts in the background. (Golden Fluid acrylics)
Step 6: last details and text

Added some images from magazines and details with markers.
Text: I used an old poem about fall on the background, written in brown marker. I like how the poem discribes the "golden light" of the sun, on the golden paint :)

Finished page

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Step by step: Art journal page "Autumn" with collage background.

Step 1: Draw some guidelines, don't think to much about it... I used circles this time.

Step 2: Fill with some color, I did it with Derwent Inktense pencils, you could also use watercolors, Neocolors, acrylic paint.... I just grab the colors I like at that moment...

Step 3: Search the colors you need in old magazines, they can be plain or with a pattern...
And start glueing them on. I use wallpaper-glue for this. (easy and cheap)
Don't try to do it perfect... it's just playing and having fun!

Step 4: Unify the colors, I did this with Neocolors II, chose colors that matched the collage-papers, and wiped it with bay-wipes ;). (You don't always have to use a brush do you ?)

I'll add details, more images and text in next post.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Mixed-Media book for my daughter: bookbinding

Sarah (11) wanted a journal to paint and make collages. But she also likes drawing with crayons and markers. So I made her a book with alternating papers: thick mixed-media and smooth drawing paper.
She wanted yellow for the cover.

I guess I'll have to make one for my son soon (twins)... 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Creating an Art Journal: bookbinding

My small Derwent sketchbook is almost full, time to make a new one. I wanted it to be bigger, but not to big...with a hard cover that I can decorate, and with heavy paper. And very important (for me) : pages have to lay flat, so I can easily work on them...
I couldn't find a journal like that, so looked up some info on bookbinding. You can find the most amazing tutorials on the net. This is the list that helped me the most:
I followed these steps, except for the "grain of the paper runs the same direction as the spine of the book", because I wanted to use a block of spiral-bound watercolor-paper.

You'll need:

For the inside and cover: a watercolor-block
For the cover: 
Decorated or white paper (to paint later), the size a bit bigger than half-watercolor block.
The cardboard back of the watercolor block!
A strip of cardboard (not to thick, same height as book-page)
For a "punching template": strip of paper (same height as book-page)

Bookbinding stuff:
A piece of Mullcloth//Cheesecloth to cover the spine.
3 strips of fabric for the spine. (you don't need them for a small book)
Headbands (optional)
Piece of thread, long needle, beeswax (or a white candle)
Bookbinding glue (or white glue) and wallpaper-glue.

Other things:
Scissor, water, towel


1 Folding:
- Remove the pages from the block and fold them in half. Make "signatures": insert one page in another.

2 Prepare sewing:
- Tape 3 strips of fabric to the edge of the desk.
- Make a punching-template: take a piece of paper the same height as your pages, lay it on the fabric-tape and make 8 markings: at the edges and on both sides of the tapes. 
- Lay each signature half-open on a towel, align the template in the middle and punch the holes with the needle.
- You'll need as much thread as the sum of the height of all the signatures. (When it is to long to sew, just cut it, you can knot it later) Run it against the candle to make the sewing easier.

3 Sewing:
- Lay the first signature on the tapes. Put the needle in the first hole on the right, from outside to center, (leave a tail to knot later). Go back in the second hole, around the tape and so one...
- At the end of the first signature you just lay the second one on top, put the needle in the first hole on the left and sew to the right...
- At he end you must attach the second signature to the first by knotting it with the tail.
- Repeat the sewing with the third signature, but at the end now you go under the previous signature and again trough the loop just made (Kettle stitch)
Good demo here. 
- Sew the rest of the pages the same way, at the end just make 2 knots.
- (For the "lay flat": don't pull the thread to hard....)

 - Remove the tapes from the desk. Volia, "book block" finished.

4 Glueing

- Lay the block on the edge of your desk.
- Put white glue on the spine, rub in the creases with brush (or fingers).
- (for the lay flat): don't push the glue to far in between the signatures, use a weight on top.
- Put the piece of mullcloth on, (more glue) and headbands (more glue) and a strip of paper.
- Leave to dry.

5 Cover
Do these steps with the wallpaper - glue.
- Cut the cardboard (back of the watercolor block) in half
- Cut a strip of cardboard (from cereal box ....) the same size as the spine.
- (For the lay flat): don't use a stiff material for the spine. You could even use the paper from the front of the watercolor block, and put on the decorated paper later. (no cardboard)
- Cut a strip of decorated (or white), wider than the spine, and longer than the book.
- Glue the cardboard strip in the middle of the decorated paper.
- Glue the other cardboard pieces at both sides, leave a small gap between the cardboards.
- Turn everything and glue papers on the sides. (decorated or white...)
- Well, you could just use one big paper, but I don't have it now :)

 - Turn it again, cut the corners and fold the excess to the inside. Glue!
6 Assembling
(To be sure the book opens flat, I use my own method for glueing the book block...)
- Take the book- block, put white glue under the tapes and mull, wallpaper glue on the rest of the first page.
- Hold the book block up with the spine on the spine of the cover.
- Open te first page align it, and push it on the inside of the left cover, from inside to outside.
- Because of the thick paper (and wallpaper glue) you can redo if needed....
- Do the same thing on the back.
- Test the lay-flat.

7 Finish
- Let dry and decorate!

Have fun!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Art journaling

Worked more on these pages:
 Added birds and cats...
Gold paint and flowers drawn with markers...

This is a new page:
Background: drops of liquid paint
plants: markers,  wide and fine
faces: collage

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Mixed Media paintings

I tried to make little paintings on canvas. they are only 10cm x 10 cm... (3.94 inch x 3.94 inch)

Girl with a "green hart"

For my son: "Heely boy"
They are a combination of: Acrylic paint, pattern papers, collage from magazines,
stickers, drawings, markers, ...

I'm still learning what works and what not. Sometimes the paper or paints behave not like I expected :(

Friday, September 9, 2011

More Art Journal pages

I still have some room in the mini-journal.

This page is finished (I think )
Background: Neocolor II
Face and hands: marker on layout-paper
Clothes and flowers: collage
Text and details: markers (Dark Bark Copic)

And I still have to work some more on these pages:

Background= collage (text from magazines) covered with Acrilics and gesso.
Tree: painted in gesso, details with markers...
now wath to do next ?....

Background: coloured the paper with markers, stamps and gesso on top.

Background: gesso and watercolors + glitter glue.
Face: collage, hair: gesso and yellow gouage+ glitters
Details: markers

Background: left page: neocolor II, right: red acrilics and collage
A bit of gold-acrilic on the bottom.
Big butterfly: brown paper
Text and border in markers...

I always work on a few pages at the same time. Adding things here and there. The only problem is I sometimes forget that a page is not dry... 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Art journaling


I decided to write my blog in English, it 'll be an excellent exercise for me, and I know a lot more people will be able to read it.
It's september again, and this means vacation is over....for a teacher. But I did a lot of creative work this summer: I discovered "Art journalling", and it's so much fun.
I like that it's about enjoying the creative process, that you can do whatever you want in the journal.
It's not about the final result, it's about the fun of art... you can keep it for yourself... or put it online ;)...

About the journal:

It's a Derwent - journal. (17 x 12 cm;   4,72 in. x 6,69 in.) 
The pages are very clear white, with rounded corners and thick enough for all the collaging and painting.
There are pockets in the front and back, but I didn't use them. I liked the small format for my first Art-Journal. 

It's almost full...

Some of the pages:

I really tried a lot of techniques... 
The first pages: background: neocolor II, punched stars, collage.

Playing with acrylic paints, faces: cp and markers.

Collage covered with gesso and neocolorII, finished with markers.

collage covered with gesso, stamps and collage

Inspired by "Teesha Moore": neocolorII background, collage border, details: gelpens

Tried to use less colors...

Collage and random paint-blobs...

All in neocolorII

Inspired by "Teesha Moore"

First time with some text added, it's about a heavy storm that killed some people during a pop-festival in Belgium.

Acrylics and collage

I love to make these, so I guesse you'll be seeing more of them on this blog soon...

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