I just recently purchased a Macbook Pro for college and I am happy as a clam to have photo-editing software that can enhance the performance of my little point-and-shoot camera. So as a result, I’ve been able to process a few photos from my first art journal (I’m currently on books 3 and 4). I’m planning on posting a few pages each week, so stay tuned.
The dimensions of this journal are: Width: 4 inches (10.2 cm). Height: 6 inches (15.3 cm). It is spiral-bound with approximately 80 pages.
Cover. I took the sticker from a book I found at a used book sale. I thought it would be a nice little place of focus as I waited for my college decision (how right I was!). The background text is from the same book.
My first ever page.
I hated the pink and yellow background, so I used a hand-cut mask to add the turquoise to make it more simplified.
Post-dental visit angst…
Decalcomania with watercolor and cheese cloth. I used an extra superfine Pitt pen to outline. I thought it looked like a little map.
More decalcomania, the second time with Collage Pauge matte glue/sealer on top.
Post Bowdoin interview reflections.
Zentangle with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils.
Obituaries from an 80s Boston Globe and crossword puzzles. Black stamp pad to distress it.
Some of my favorite words– by sound, not by meaning.
Decalcomania with cheesecloth.
Van Gogh-inspired cityscape collage. I used a clear Sakura Glaze pen to add dimensional stars. Glaze pens are really interesting to work with because they flow like a gel pen but after they’re dry, the marks become raised and hardened.
Wanted to juxtapose the pensive look on the sailor’s face with something not serious. The text is in Prismacolor Premier colored pencil.
Still looking for the perfect caption for this page…
I got new Caran D’Ache Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels and loved the colors so much that I left the page as-is and sealed it with Collage Pauge.
The quote is from the book Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, which I highly recommend you read, even if you’re not a “creative” person (though I’m rather of the mind that everyone is creative in some respect). The river is metallic silver craft paint with prussian blue watercolor on top.