Yep, I'm back. That really was a bad virus, I hope it hasn't visited your family. If it has I hope you have recovered. It was a nasty one.
Onto some art.
I have a rather large collection of art journals. Most are empty. I have a beautiful leather bound one that I bought in Notting Hill... it cost a pretty penny, so it's just been sitting on the shelf looking, *ahem* pretty, I have a few spiral bound plain fairly cheap ones, that I use for writing phone messages or other notes I need - they have scribbles from the kids all through them too, I have a good collection of moleskin journals which Ipicked up at crazy cheap prices when the Borders Store near me closed down, and I have a super pretty one that came from a Donna Downey class I attended.... yep I have journals to fill.
Because unless they have pretty art in them, what exactly is the point??
so I decided to work in two at a time. Because you know, that means I don't feel so bad with the amount of empty ones I have on the shelf :)
The first one is a tiny 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. Its a moleskin with water colour paper pages. So cute.
I grabbed supplies, just random stuff, not really knowing where I was going to go with it.
I gave the page a quick gesso and let it dry, that gave me a little time to work out what I wanted to play with - see that's the thing about art journals, it's all about play. I like working out for myself how different paints work, how mediums react and learn what does and doesn't work. So an art journal is a really big part of what I eventually put on a finished canvas piece.
Onto a few pictures ....
I decided to go with the oil pastels, I haven't used them in years and felt like smooshing colour with my fingers.
I kept the design simple, smooshing and blending colours as I went
then layered up a stamp. This is where I admit that I can't find my black stazon..... so i used another ink. One that is mean to be permanent on non coated papers. The very property of oil pastels means that they are slick and oily and not really good for stamping over with the wrong type of ink.
But this is the beauty of an art journal, I did it anyway to see what would happen. And yep, it didn't want to dry very well. So I did what i always do when something isn't working properly...
I took my heat gun to it. I really love my heat gun. I use it to dry all types of things you *shouldn't*.
and you know what happened??? the oil pastels melted and sealed OVER the top of the ink. See AWESOME stuff happens when you just have a go.
Then I added another stamp - I was onto a good thing I thought
Then it was the bigger journals turn, done very similar - nice and simple.
I did wash some paint over some of it, see you shouldn't do that either... but heck I was on a role doing things you shouldn't do. Why stop now?
Some rules are meant to broken? right??