My favorite supply to work with is…

0909131239I probably have said this many times before but I can’t help to say it over and over again. My favorite supply to work with is paper. I enjoy acrylic paints and brushes as much as any artists but gluing paper into my art journal and canvas is one of the most favorite thing to do. Its simple to do and very therapeutic for me. The acrylic paints gets absorb from the paper faster. I call it preparing my page before adding colors and design.

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I think it gives it a background affect to the art but it also gives it texture, well, to me it does. I can’t help to run my fingers across it on the canvas and move the page a bit to see how thick it feels on my art journal. My seven art journal was dedicated to gluing all sorts of paper. I used envelopes, manila envelopes, newsletters, newspapers, white pages, advertisements, letters, magazines, calendars and etc. I can go on and on with all the different papers I use. Its something I enjoy and can’t help to let others know about. This is why I love using papers as a layering affect.

 

Art Journal Book 4: Pages 29-35

I was thinking that for my next art journal book I would want to use either a novel, calendar book or album book. I have these around the house. I love to look around the apartment and see what can I use to make my art. It seem to me I can use things that I don’t want and alter it from what it originally looked like. The thought of using something new just doesn’t excite or inspire me as something old and unused. It really makes my creative juices flow with many ideas. I don’t mind damaging or beating up an old book than using something new and pretty. It just takes the pressure off if it doesn’t work out.

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Book 4, Pages 22-28

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This week I found out that yes I can draw I just get in the way. There are times I get so nervous to draw a face the doubt set in and my drawing comes out hideous in my eyes. I had to do a drawing for a project and I want to make it cartoonish so I looked around for some inspiration. The first drawing came out so-so after much frustration. I was amazed that the second one looked even better.  I did a double take when I looked at it again that I thought “I made this?” I can be really hard on myself when it comes to drawing faces and people. I feel like a kid learning to draw for the first time.  This has become a learning experience for me that now I approach it with openness and playfulness.

Enjoy your weekend!

Art Journal Pages…15-21

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I have a dirty secret. It one that I’m not proud of. Since I started to do my new book with layering, I have been doing something more than before. I been picking up scraps of paper from the streets. Don’t judge me. It becoming an addict I’m having. I have found dry cleaning slips, parking tickets, bus pass, little notes, appointment card, free car wash card, playing cards, trading card game, and scratch tickets. Okay so it not a lot but it can be distracting. I was hoping to use it as my layering piece to my art journal but I’m finding it hard to glue it to the book. I was thinking to use it as part of the piece after I’m done painting like an accessory part. I’m still not sure yet how to use it. I been checking out others art journal and I want mine to look like that. It so frustrating. Oh well, I guess I continue exploring and practicing until it becomes natural.

My fourth Art Journal Book continue…

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This is my fourth art journal book pages 8-14. It seem to me that I like circles and spirals in my art and I been doing it a lot lately. Now that I look over my art journals closely, I do lots and lots of circles and spirals. I wondering if it reminds me of bubbles which I love or it all coming to end and beginning of things in my life. Maybe its the continuing cycles that I go through but either way I enjoy making small, medium, and large sizes. I will continue making them in different styles and ways in my art.

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Art journal Pages

Here is a peek into my four art journal book pages 1-7. Most of them I glued paper into it as background texture for the color. The others was just the notebook pages. The paper I used was calendar, manila envelope, scratch tickets, bubble wrap, newspaper articles, appointment cards, receipts, label, business card, envelope pieces, and memo. I basically used what I’m going throw way into my art. It fun to glue paper and see how it going to turn out. I think it gives an edge to it.

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