Friday, October 17, 2014

Art Journal: October Part 1

Happy Friday!

Lately I've been rediscovering the joy of drawing just for fun. It seems like many of my sketchbooks in the past few years have been taken over by work-mode, and by choosing to use simple supplies and a lot of drawing in my art journal, I've uncovered  a little more imagination and joy in my artwork. I didn't even realize it was missing until I started seeing it again!

I only had time for quick iPhone photos of my pages this week. Not the best representation of my work, but better than nothing!

I did so much drawing that I haven't had enough to write about in the spaces I've left for writing.

This is my favorite little doodle in the whole book, of my sweet princess Amelia...

 This one is my super-busy sister as Kali, the many-armed Indian goddess.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Art journal: Simple Supplies

This week I wanted to avoid getting out too many art supplies, since I've just cleaned my office. So, I stuck to simple illustrations in my art journal and I'm really happy with the results. So tidy!

All my supplies for the week are: Pentel pocket brush pen, Derwent Inktense pencils, water brush pen, various writing pens (whatever was in reach)and a clear Gelly Roll glaze pen.

I love those 2 shades of green together in the leaves (apple green and teal green Inktense pencils).

I've found that my art journal layouts look a million times better when I actually have lines to write on, but I was getting irritated that half my journaling time was being taken up drawing lines with a ruler, so then I thought I was being soooo clever, making a journal-line stamp by putting rubber bands on a wooden block...nah, not so much. The rubber bands either don't engage with the paper, or they roll around when stamping. And even though I found the thinnest rubber bands I could (from bunches of green onions!), the lines insisted on being thick and...unattractive. Bummer.

I love my little bat. I wanted him to be cute, but not too cute, since he is a spooky bat. I think I achieved that. He looks like he could maybe be a character on Adventure Time.

I watched this video of John Green and Hannah Hart doing the "Hemingway Challenge" and I had to try it. If ever you need to generate random nouns, there's a handy tool for doing so here.

On this page I used the clear glaze pen as a resist for watercolor. I love the effect, but it is really tough doing a drawing that you can't see until it's done and you add watercolor. Well, you can kind of see it, with the right light, but difficult.

 I've been drooling over pictures of "fairy houses" on Pinterest, wanting to build them. But, I CANNOT GET INTO A NEW CRAFT. It will suck up all my time and money. Instead, I'll draw cute little fairy houses/ castles.

And lastly, some doodling. I spent so much time on this page that I'm afraid to write on it now.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Art Journal: Black and white and red all over.

I'm totally mixed up. All day yesterday I thought it was Thursday, so when I woke up today and saw it was Saturday, I feel like i lost a day of my life. Anyway....planned to post these on Friday, but since I didn't get a Friday this week, here they are on Saturday.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Art Journal Page: Sweet Clarity

It's been a while since I've done some traditional art journaling. I love digital, but sometimes I just need to get my hands dirty. As many of you know, my area has recently endured a huge earthquake, and although my home and life is back in order now, the quake has shaken up all sorts of emotions in me that I wanted to address through art journaling.

My first page in this new journal is called Sweet Clarity, because despite the mess and trauma of the quake, it's helped me put my life into perspective and make some big decisions.

I'm working in a 9"x12" Strathmore Visual Journal with 90lb. watercolor paper.

I started with a wash of watercolor, then drew out my figure and title in ink with a dip pen...

Then I added depth and color to the figure with Inktense pencils and a water brush pen. 

I added highlights and details with a white gel pen pen and a white Prismacolor pencil.

And lastly I wrote out my journaling with a pink UniBall Vision Elite pen.

The taped edge is some striped fabric tape that doesn't hold well on it's own, so I also used some skinny washi tape.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Walkthrough Wednesday: Awesome Afternoon

Welcome to Walkthrough Wednesday, where each Hump Day I'll be sharing the process of creating a digital art journal page. I include every time I change my mind or flub-up on something so that you can really get a sense of the whole process. You can follow along step-by-step or just read through for a little mid-week technique inspiration.

I'm working in Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1. Most of my techniques are do-able in PS Elements and GIMP as well. Here's what I'm creating:

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I started my layout with this fun freebie paper from Jopked Designs.

Although I love the colors in this paper, I knew they wouldn't go with the colors I wanted to use, so I did as I often do with backgrounds and desaturated the page (ctrl/cmnd D).

I placed in a photo from my Instagram account. I don't normally use photos in my art journal pages, because then it becomes some art journal/scrapbook hybrid thing, and I have some weird imaginary rules in my head about that. But, today I'm breaking the rules.

I like a white border on my square photos, so I created one by making a white square and placing it on a layer underneath the photo. If you hold down the shift key while using the rectangle tool, it will keep it a perfect square. I then merged the photo and border layers together.

I wanted the photo to look bent, so I selected an area around it with the rectangular selection tool, and then applied the shear filter. A tiny tug on the point in the middle of the diagram on the adjustment menu makes a nice natural curve.

To get a realistic shadow on this curved photo, I ctrl/cmnd-clicked the thumbnail of the layer to select it, created a new layer underneath it, and filled the selection with black. Then, with the new layer selected, I flipped the black shape horizontally (edit>transform>flip horizontally), and applied a gaussian blur to it. Then I lowered the opacity of the shadow layer to 50% and linked the 2 layers so that they'd move together for future steps.

I then angled my photo into the lower left corner and placed a staple element along the edge to visually explain how that photo is attached to the page. I don't know where I got this staple element. It was in a misc. image folder, so it either found it's way out of a kit or was from some other non-scrapbooky project. Sorry about that. But, if you need some digi staples, I found a freebie here.

How it's time to get painty. Using my abstract grunge brush set I added color splotches on a new layer just above the background layer so that the paint would be mostly peeking out from behind my photo. I also added some brush marks in the opposite corner. The colors are selected straight out of my photo with the eyedropper tool.

Next I placed in this "How I Roll" graphic, which I made a few months back for t-shirts and jackets. I don't have this graphic available for sale on it's own, but here are some public domain bicycle images you could use.

I wanted this image to look more like a stamp, so I double clicked the layer thumbnail to open the smart object psb document, and then I ran the Presto! vintage action.

I saved the psb file and returned to my main document where I turned my new stamp burgundy and changed the layer's blend mode to multiply to enhance the stamped effect.

Next I typed a title for my page and applied the same effects that I just did with the "How I Roll" graphic.

Finally, I wrote my journaling, and my page was complete.

Thanks for joining me, and I hope you learned something useful!

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