There are several “ways” to art journal, and there is no wrong way. I have about 3-4 styles I incorporate into my journals.
The newest style for me is to sketch and then paint (usually water color but sometimes acrylic). Because I am very new at this and not “bent” toward being artistic anyway, I tend to use ideas from other people for this style. The ideas don’t just pop into my head yet. For example, here is my take on a piece that was inspired by a gal in one of my classes.
Ready for Fall
Ready for Fall was sketched, then gessoed, then painted with water colors and finished with pen work. This style requires a lot more work (with eraser in hand) than the style that is probably my favorite: wild and crazy painting/collage/markers, such as the following piece:
For this page I used the Gelli Plate with several stencils, several acrylic paints, book text, markers, Liquid Pearls, Stamps with Archival Ink, a little bit of Salty Ocean Distress Stain, and my new Montana markers (love)—a marker that is actually acrylic paint. I even used some OilBar for the first time. I covered this all with DecoPage, since it had some smudgy stuff on it. This was a really fun, no stress page.
Ohh, loved all the layers on your art journal page.
Both pages are great! So much colour and movement in the second. The first tho really states fall!
Love the drawing...fun and whimsical!
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