Right now I have the mail art bug. I always love playing with papers and paints and pens and all sorts of embellishments. I joined a swap on my favorite mail art trading site, ATCsforAll, for ATCs (Artist Trading Card) in a pear theme. The swap required the pears be and drawn or painted. I started with collaging a background of graph paper and some pretty paper that looked like it has handwriting on it. On top of that, I “painted” with my Shiva Paintsticks. They’re oil paint in stick form. They’re similar to an oil pastel, but creamier, and you can manipulate them with a brush, your finger, or as I chose to do, a palette knife. You can mix them and blend them like oil paints. The real benefit to the Shivas though compared to oil paints is the drying time. They only take between a day and a day and a half to dry, which is great. Here they are all finished, and now they’re on their way to San Diego to be swapped out with other pear themed ATCs. Mail day at my house is always so fun, getting art in the mail rocks!
I’m working on getting caught up on posting the journal pages I’ve already completed in my art journal, so I can post new ones as I make them (that’s the intention anyway).
First up, I did this spread using some of the bright bold paper ephemera from my stash. I love papers – patterned, textured, interesting – you name it, I’ve got it. So, I collaged a bunch of papers, and embellished with metallic paint pens, markers, and ink. I think I accomplished a summery feeling.
Next up, I had bought a new bright and colorful paper pad, and was inspired to use it that day. I just wrote about the random things I did that day, a day in the life kind of thing. I added some collage bits, and snazzed it up with markers and gel pens.
Lastly, I used a journaling prompt I found online (just Google journal prompts), A-Z About Me. I started by smooshing some acrylic paints around to make a background. Then I cut out the “A” and “Z” from a black and white comic book page. Then I just came up with something for each letter, which was harder than I thought it would be. LOL But, I managed, and voila!
You artsy-crafty people know what I mean – from the minute you see a project that you MUST make, you don’t have a choice and can’t stop thinking about it until you DO it. My art journal was a project like that. The moment I discovered them online (I believe it was Flickr – LOTS of art journal eye candy there!), I had to run out and buy the perfect book to use as a journal. I chose an Ecojot- the cover is heavy, the pages are relatively thick (I knew this would be very important for the mixed media pages), and it is spiral bound, with a good, sturdy spiral. Since then, I’ve also discovered Strathmore has a “mixed media” journal, with pages that are even thicker. <3 So, I found some funky paper in my stash, a batiked handmade paper, batiked with what looks like silver glitter crayon, and then the background is a pretty splash of colours. I made a title, but honestly I hate it, it’s just not artsy enough, and was rushed. I’ll make another to cover it sometime. I’ve also tied some ribbon bits to the outside of the spirals. All in all, I think it’s a great first art journal!
Here’s the very first page in my art journal. I made the background using the melted crayon technique. First, you use an iron to smear crayon wax all over the paper, then you place some plain paper over top of it and iron it. This pulls up the wax, but leaves the color stained onto the page. I’ve made some gorgeous papers using this technique. After making the background, I used coloured pencils, gold paint pen, and a couple of little mixed media elements to create the page. I used white pencil crayon for the lettering on the lower half of the page, because it was the best thing I had at the time, but since then I’ve gotten my hands on some white gel pens, which work marvellously.
Next up is one of my favourite pages to date. I did the background in a watercolour gradient. Over that I used acrylic paint to make the border and put in the text of one of my favourite poems. Then I used a silver paint pen to outline the words and add some doodles. The metallic paint pen adds some sparkle and depth. Love this page – it looks way better in person too.
I’ve been up and listing on Retroheart.etsy.com for the past few hours. I’m a little tired of that now, so I think I’ll do some work on alljenn, namely posts I need to get caught up on, and on my other etsy shop, 3ApplesOnline.etsy.com. I changed the name to 3ApplesOnline from bubblecup.etsy.com, and still haven’t sat down and designed a new banner. I have some new things to list in there too! So, today I’m devoting my time to that.