In this tutorial, I am back to a more “traditional” art journal spread.
As is the case very often when I create, I did not have anything in mind, and just grabbed some colours that spoke to me at the time (in the video).
I started applying and spreading my colours quite randomly, using different tools (spatula, then brush and fingers) and techniques (spreading, tapping, dotting).
I then used a white gel pen, first by circling my yellow dots to make them pop out, and then by writing what this page was telling me. I saw some kind of sky, so I wrote my thoughts about it, randomly, in different directions. My main aim in doing this was to make some marks and break down the colour patches.
I decided to create a plain black silhouette, as the background was already quite busy. I created my lettering on the opposite page to bring some balance. I used the excess black gesso I had on my silhouette to colour in one of my words, then a green paint pen to colour my next word, add some extra journaling and create marks on darker areas of my background. I also used the green paint pen to create an inside outline on my silhouette and my first word.
I used my big brush pen in black to go over my last word as I thought it didn’t stand out enough.
I went over a part of my journaling that was hidden by similar background colour, with a silver paint pen, and added tiny silver dots around my yellow dots.
I finished by scribbling all over my background with my mechanical pencil. As the lead I used was 2B (quite soft), I softened the marks with my finger.
- Artiste acrylic paints in Noir, Blanc, Lagoon, Canary Yellow,Azure Blue, Cobalt Blue, Avocado
- Catalyst silicon wedge
- Dina Wakley mixed media brushes
- Hybrid white gel pen
- Faber Castell Pitt brush pen and big brush pen, both in black
- black gesso
- Posca paint pen in Apple Green and Silver
- graphite 2B mechanical pencil