Over the weekend, I was seriously struggling with getting stuck into my art journal.
I had planned on making the most of the time I had which these days usually means setting aside a decent block of time to play with paint and get into my ‘creative zone’. Alas, it didn’t happen. I did everything else, but. My house is spick and span! And my art journal disturbingly empty.
I was meant to be writing this post two days ago! I had wanted to share some arty awesomeness with you all yet I had n o t h i n g.
However, after a day and a half of stressing about my art-making blockage, I realised I just had to embrace it. My weekend was not going to be a waste if I didn’t get to my art journal. I didn’t HAVE to do this. I didn’t want to HAVE to do it. What I wanted was to crave it, to need it, to really really really enjoy it, to enjoy it so much that I would reschedule anything else in order to get some time doing it. So I let the frustration go and let the rest of my weekend unfold as it were meant to.
Thankfully, I woke up today and again I felt that peculiar longing to scrape paint across a white page; I yearned once more to dance with colour.
Affirmation: I am an open channel to creative energy.
Check out my latest art journal creation and my step-by-step process:
Step 1: I found a figure from a magazine with a pose I identified with and I cut her out! (Sorry Dr. Libby, but I really do think you would look fetching with no hair…)
Step 2: I then scraped paint across the page as shown with a palette knife, letting the colours blend a little. I then cleaned the knife by wiping the remaining paint in the area of white space and on the next page because…well, why not?!
Step 3: I added a layer of stencilled pattern with one of my favourite shades of pink!
Step 4: I put the stencil back over the pink areas but I changed the direction of the pattern each time. With a wet cloth, I wiped away the paint to create another layer.
Step 5: I placed the magazine figure onto the left page and with a sponge roller, I painted over the cut-out letting the paint spill onto the colourful page. I loved the result so much (just like a hand-made stencil!), I decided to repeat the image at different heights on the next page.
Step 6: I glued the original magazine cut-out (now completely painted black) onto page leaving a colourful shadow behind. I love love love this look! I used my white Sharpie Paint pen and squiggled around the edges and then wrote whatever came into my mind across half of the figure.
Step 7: I added more paint to the top of the second page – mindfully continuing the same colour scheme – and I added some gessoed circles of words to create even more white space while adding messy writing (the messier the better!) with a black Sharpie Paint.
Voila! Creativity and I are back in business!
All ideas and techniques for this piece came from Dina Wakley’s book Art Journal Freedom.