“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” -Leo Tolstoy
Recently I’ve fallen in love with creating these journal pages.
I use the same step by step process to create each page, which makes it easier for my creativity to come out in each new character. I just love how each one has its own personality… and they are SO fun to do.
I started by limiting my art supplies for these pieces… so I’d only use a little travel watercolor set, a stabillo pencil and 3 water soluble oil pastels. That got my creativity going. It seemed that by limiting my supplies, it opened the door so that I felt it was so much less overwhelming to just get painting.
Then once I got into my comfort zone with these paintings, I started adding more of the art supplies I love… like an antique white shiva oil paint stick, a rainbow or water soluble oil pastels, white Sharpie paint marker and acrylic paints.
Little by little, I felt my style growing and evolving.
It also helped to be creating in a cheap blank journal (rather than on canvas or expensive watercolor paper).
I felt so much more free to just experiment and create a pair of characters, one mirroring the other on each page.
From there, I began adding words with paint pens, calligraphy ink and pencil. That tied everything together, so that I could build upon my love for these whimsical characters and give them a bit of story, right there in the painting.
And I can’t wait to see where these journal paintings take me from here! Find more of these journal pages on my instagram here.
“who knows if the moon’s
a balloon,coming out of a keen city
in the sky–filled with pretty people?
( and if you and I should
get into it,if they
should take me and take you into their balloon,
we’d go up higher with all the pretty people
than houses and steeples and clouds:
away and away sailing into a keen
city which nobody’s ever visited,where
in love and flowers pick themselves”
― E.E. Cummings, Collected Poems
I hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend. Happy painting!!!
Ps. I’ll be sharing many of these and similar pages in my new online course BLISS -Mixed Media On Location. Class begins April 21… there are still a few sale spaces available (use discount code sale at checkout here).
I’ll be posting a sneak peek video very soon. In the meantime, Find More Details Here.