Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Step-by-Step Journal Page Technique

I meant to blog this when I did it I'm slow to get round to things! I started with a photo, altered to increase the brightness and contrast, and printed onto heavyweight sketchpaper. Then I framed it with a layered border of handmade and patterned papers. Next I painted in the scene using watercolours, and finished off by outlining all the detail with a fine black pen. Voila!

Monday, 23 August 2010

Paint Techniques for Journal Pages

After a few of my background paintjobs went a bit muddy I decided to try a lighter touch with watercolours, to keep the white of the paper showing through (like proper watercolour painters - my Mum will be proud!) Here's the paintjob - which I was pleased with. It all went slightly downhill after that though, so I'll leave the finished pages to your imagination!
The background washes and 'feather effect' were done very wet, and the stencilled shapes and lettering added as it dried.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Moroccan-inspired Journal Pages

I really love these bright strong colours and patterns so it was a joy collaging with them. I used some Lace Paper as a stencil for the paint effects. It got quite soggy but dried out OK after!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Smaller Art Journal

A few months ago I started a new, much smaller journal (A5) but didn't really give it a chance. I've gone back to it now though and I'm absolutely loving it - it seems to suit the way I work much better.
I finished the pages I started months ago, and did some new pages this week.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Doodletastic Friday!

Oops! I accidentally doodled the day away! The entire afternoon disappeared in a swirly haze of flowers and flourishes!