Saturday, January 29, 2011

January Art Journaling - GPP Crusade 47 & Strathmore Workshop

Detail view of new art journal page.
Here's a fun winter project you should try.  Strathmore is offering free on-line workshops.  The first was introduced earlier this month and is taught by Pam Carriker.  Check out this link for more information.

Early in the journaling process.
 Pam guides us through a project that invites you to re-use previously created art.  Start by making copies of your art.  I used copies of monoprints that I created for the GPP Crusade No. 39.I cut out the plain butterflies and some border pieces.  Using scraps of the same paper, I punched out flowers and leaves and hearts.  They were adhered to a Strathmore Watercolor Paper Visual Journal. This paper stands up well to all the layers that went into creating this page.  I used a charcoal pencil to draw some details and outline some elements.

Layers of gesso and oil pastel have been added.
 I tried to cut loose and not judge too much.  But I have to admit that I was feeling discouraged at this point.  Seemed like I had an ugly duckling in my hands... but we know how that story turned out.

The completed page.
 Maybe it's not a beautiful swan, but I'm happy with the results.  I was stretched and learned some techniques that I know I can use in future art.  The following page used some of the same techniques.
GPP challenge using some newly learned techniques.
 The Green Pepper Press Street Team Crusade No. 47 - It's A Wrap challenges us to create an evidence page using gift wrap from Christmas and to journal about gifts given, received, etc.  We use very little gift wrap these days.  I love reusable gift bags and tissue paper.

This page started in the same Strathmore journal.  I wrinkled a piece of tissue paper that had red and green circles, then applied it to the page with matte medium.  I purposefully did not completely flatten the paper which left wrinkles and distorted the circle pattern.  I cut out the poinsettia from a scrap of paper that managed to come home with us from the in-laws.  (They are great about recycling regular gift wrap.)
The poinsettia was also applied with matte medium.

I knocked down the white background and neutralized the colors a bit with some walnut ink and a thin glaze of green oxide paint.  Charcoal pencils, gesso and oil pastels add more character to the page.  But the real star of this page is my new Sharpie poster paint markers.  They were on my Christmas wish list along with Sharpie pens.  I got Sharpies in spades.  In addition to my requests, I also received a large assortment of regular Sharpie markers with fine points.  I have NO excuse for not journaling.
I very loosely wrote over the top of the images.  I'm trying to not make the pictures so precious. Using a wet, juicy marker helped accomplish that goal.

So there you go.  That's my art out-put for the month.  I hope to spend some time at my easel very soon.


michelle ward said...

Regina - great pages! Love how you show the process for the butterfly pages. The added details at the end really punch it up. Bravo for figuring out a way to make a Christmas evidence page with litle more than some tissue paper. You really made it your own by turning circles into ornaments, and of course, your sharpie story telling. Thanks for sharing with the team!

Diane said...

Both of these--I love!! I really liked Pam's workshop--it helps a new journaler like me :)

TJ said...

Those Christmas bulbs are beautiful. I love the repetition yet the tiny little differences in each! Best wishes from germany, tj

Yvonne said...

I love the one with the butterflies. Great work!

missy k said...


I love your pages.

I understand your Sharpie love....!

I like how you wrote over the image - like you said not making it too precious, think I need to take that approach a bit more!


scj said...

Love all these pages - really beautiful and thanks for sharing all the techniques of the last one. Loved the story of the sharpies too - hope you have many many happy days journalling with them all!

B @ Sweet Limes said...

I am in love with this journal page, it's magical!

Anonymous said...

I love the layers on the challenge page. Ahhh, Sharpie love--I feel it, too. Thanks also for sharing the step-by-step journaling class with Pam. Your pages look great, and you are brave to jump right in!