Monday, January 12, 2009

Art Journal Day 12 - Blue

This week Misty Mawn has prompted us to focus on color in our art journals. Today is blue. If I had to select ONE color as a favorite, I think I would choose blue. There are so many beautiful versions of blue. I chose to use Daniel Smith's Lapis Lazuli Genuine watercolor as my primary blue for this spread. It reminds me of my favorite shade of denim.

I started by prepping the pages with what I thought was thinned gesso I had stored in a yogurt container. I added a bit more gesso into the container and then started spreading it on the page. It just seemed too smooth. Well, I kept on working away prepping a few more pages. When I grabbed the container's lid, I saw where I'd written gloss varnish over the label. OOPS! Since I'd mixed some gesso into it, I thought "What the heck" and see what happens. The surface didn't have as much tooth as I usually desire. But I like the way the watercolor paint looked on the surface. It lifts very easily, so I had to be careful.

Embellishments and journaling finished off the pages. I like working monochromatically. It simplifies decision making. I'm looking forward to the rest of this week's prompts.


Brandie said...

As I have said before, I wish I could journal!

They are beautiful Regina


Fannie said...

Very nice, Regina. I love your free style. What kind of journal are you using?

Regina said...

The primary journal I'm using for the Journal Every Day challenge is just an 8.5 x 5.5 spiral bound Strathmore sketch book. Some pages I draw directly on if it's just graphite. I have cut up watercolor paper to 4 x 6 cards that I've done some work on and glue them into the journal. For the color challenge, I've been gluing pages together with acrylic medium because I want to paint on them. The pages get prepped, too. It was supposed to be just gesso on this page, but I accidently made a mixture of gloss medium and gesso which was a bit slick for my taste.
I'm already spending too much time on this journal because it is so fun & I'm just letting myself be looser than normal. I'm hoping these exercises will help me with my works on canvas, etc.