For Day 8 of #DailyArtDevotions 40-day #artjournal #journey with Elizabeth Foley, I painted the cover of my repurposed cookbook turned art journal.
My portal in the center of the cover is a heart as my intention shifts to being heart-centered and open to what wants to come through when I create. My creative time will be respite for my overworked logical brain so that it can get some much needed rest.
For the cover, I used acrylic paints and stencils.
For Day 5 of #DailyArtDevotions with Elizabeth Foley, I created an #artjournal page that represents my inner creative terrain. I started out with a tree woman that had come to me during meditation, but when I went to pick up my son, I was struck by the limitlessness and clarity of the brilliant blue sky, the wispy white clouds, and a single soaring blackbird, and I knew that that was a better representation of what my inner creative terrain looks like. There was a page in my #repurposed cookbook that already had birds and tree branches, so I added my own interpretation of my inner creative landscape to it.
Lately, I have been hearing song lyrics repeating in my head, some of them I haven’t heard in decades. Sometimes they even wake me up in the middle of the night. So, I added a music stamp and a script stamp with archival ink to represent the words and the music floating around in my inner terrain. I added Bombay inks over a patch of watercolor paper to represent the art and creativity that is inside me, and then sprayed Bombay inks on the original page to represent the expansiveness and texture of my terrain. I then used a mandala stamp with archival ink to represent the complexity and beauty of my inner creativity, and a tree swing stencil with archival ink to represent my inner child artist and my dreamy imagination.
For today’s creative practice, I decided to do more #SketchbookPlay and test out a technique I discovered while playing yesterday: dual brush markers spread out with a wet paint brush over gesso. It was AMAZING! I love the soft, glowing look it creates. I loved it so much that I kept on going. I added stenciling with distress and archival inks. Then I added butterfly stamps using more distress and archival inks. Then I added Bombay ink sprayed from a spritz bottle, and more water with a paint brush. I love the result…AND it’s been a lot of fun taking a break from my art classes just to play.
I was a little unsure of what to do for today’s creative practice. I toyed around with a few ideas, but nothing really spoke to me. So, I just started to play in my sketchbook. I started with watercolors, then moved to gelatos with stencils, and then added some clear gesso. I decided then to create a face sketch on tracing paper and add it on top of the clear gesso with graphite transfer paper. I then added hair with MozArt dual brush markers, and then added acrylic paint bubbles. Fun, fun, fun!
Something I learned today is that I love how the dual brush markers come out when applied over clear gesso and washed over with a wet paintbrush. You can see the difference in this piece. The dual brush markers over clear gesso can be seen where her hair is below and on her face. The dual brush markers straight on the paper can be seen where her hair extends out above her head. I enjoyed playing and learning with these mediums.
For today’s sketchbook practice I took what I’ve learned so far in Ever After 2018 from Tamara Laporte and Marielle Stolp to create my own piece. I used the face template from Marielle Stolp’s #FantasticBeasts lesson as well as her eye, nose, and mouth design. I really love how her template makes creating faces much easier. I also loved how Marielle Stolp did a lot of measuring in her lesson, which for whatever reason, I hadn’t thought of before. I have been freehanding my sketches, and it’s frustrating and requires a lot of erasing doing it that way. The heart and ribcage in this sketch are stencils that I purchased on Etsy and just got in the mail today. I was so excited to have the chance to try them out.
In thinking about my own personal style, I love the whimsical and beautiful, but also the dark and edgy. At some point, I intend to merge them into my own unique style. There is something about the combination of beauty and darkness that appeals to me.
For this assignment, we were to practice our own style by changing at least two of the three components from Marielle Stolp’s style development exercise. These include subject matter, supplies, and approach. I altered the subject matter and approach, and in doing so, changed the supplies. I’m going to let this piece sit overnight and then come back to it to see what colors and medium I want to use.
For today’s sketchbook practice, I did another two-page journal spread using a page from Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel. Using the torn out page, “Courage, dear heart,” I played with some new stamps and stencils I got in the mail today. Some worked out really well, and others did not, but it was fun playing with them all.