Hello to you all, Virginia here with a quick post about my current style of art journalling.
I know lots of people love art journalling I also know a lot of people haven't tried it yet. My style of art journalling has changed and altered quite a lot over the years but I find most of my pages now use very simple supplies which don't cost the earth. Paper, paint and an image creating the page below.
I'm often asked how I achieve the paint effect and when I tell people there honest answer is that I must have some secret trick up my sleeve so here is proof that I don't.
So this is the finished result - a journal page completed somewhere to put down my thoughts and feelings on the day, I find the time putting the page together means I have time to think and reflect and being able to do that is quite a therapy in itself. Now don't get me wrong I don't always document difficult days I document whatever mood I'm in it just so happened that this day had been particularly tough.
I usually find obtuse images from magazines and books, sometimes printed images from my own collection, whatever I find lurking at the time. When I was completing this I page I'd had the image sat on my desk for quite some time, thinking I would never use it
So first of all I tear the image out, I don't cut with scissors as I find the torn edge much easier to deal with
Then I stick it down with a glue stick, using a bone folder to really make sure it's stuck down well, that way I know when the paint comes out I'm hopefully not going to end up with too many edges moving away from the page.
Then I gather my supplies, I tend to look at the image to pull out the main colours I can see in it in this case the colours of dark blue, black, white and a hint of green came to mind, but later on I also used a hint of yellow because the grey had a yellowish tinge. Don't stress about the colours just keep working with them until you are happy.
Then I start painting - with my fingers, yes you heard me right - not a paintbrush in sight at this point in time - now as you can see as I start the mix isn't perfect, but by adding little bits of blue and little bits of black the page starts to come together
Once the page is a bit drier I sometimes extend the image, now before you all sigh and do the 'I can't draw and I can't paint' - the answer is neither can I - but you can look at what's before you and extend it a bit giving the illusion - and that's all it is