Back story: Day by day, I add to my art journal. Over several days I complete a spread. And then I begin again. These are my notes where I reflect on my pages and record what I learn. If you're curious about how much time I spend and generally why I spend time in my art journal, I can tell you this: Some days I spend only five minutes, some days I look up after an hour or more, and some days—yes, I skip. But most days, I art journal. I do not art journal to record time, but to make it a practice to BE in time. Time to be creative, to experiment, to play and to learn. It’s a regular date with myself. Like what I used to do on the yoga mat. Breathe. Check in. How are you? How’s the universe? What should we create today? This is my practice.
January 23—27, 2015: Crazy Sunburst
I just had fun adding more patterns each day of this spread. The base began with gesso and then splashing watercolor around randomly. I then sketched in the basic sunburst using a jar lid and a ruler and adding secondary lines within each beam. I took my time over those several days to journal and then filled one or two sets of sunbeam segments at a time using mostly stamps and stencils and also doodling. It took more time than you'd think as I had to mask off each segment using two recycled sheets of plastic on either side of a beam, sticking them down with painter's tape and then laying my stencil down or stamping across the open section. I collaged the girl in the end as a final image.
How I mixed the media
Gesso, watercolor, ink pads, acrylic paint, stencils, stamps, ink pens, collage
What I like about this page
◊ The color! I think it's a good balance of pinks grounded by blues.
◊ This page makes me happy. The patterns and shapes please me.
◊ The collage piece. She looks like she's lying on a rug in her bedroom. Me in sixth grade...
What I learned
◊ Masking off sections and then stamps and stenciling over the edges is more challenging than I thought it would be, but the effect is worth it.
◊ Striped patterns insidea radiated image doesn't work. They compete with the diagonal lines which I guess are also stripes. Had to paint over those segments (the darkest magenta areas) and add a different stamped pattern.
◊ I liked the saturation and transparency of the ink used both for stamps and through stencils. I want to experiment more with ink after this.
What I could have improved
◊ I could have added a bold sentence around the center circle to summarize the page. Hmmm, maybe I still will.
◊ I probably could have worked in the collage more by layering other elements on top of the image to make it truly my own..
Play with more ink! I realize I haven't really used different kinds of ink or liquid ink much...