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Million Different Things – Art Journal

I had some fun just scribbling with a pencil and then filling in the different areas with different bodied acrylic paints – from fluid Golden, to soft body Liquitex, to heavy body Liquitex acrylic paint. I made marks with a brush but also used Posca and Liquitex markers.

I loved how for me this kind of dude started to show up – tongue, nose, eyes and a funny hat included :) What do you see?

The quote reads – “I’m a million different things every day of the week.” – Cecelia Ahern

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    He looks like a party animal that is part lizard plus???

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This ME – Art Journal

“This ME

made whole by combining countless fragments

could not live in any one part with complete ease.”

– Suman Pokhrel

I added some leftover greens and yellow acrylic paints to the background, then brayered white acrylic paint over it. I used a pencil to scribble some neighborhood names into the still wet paint, layered my Art Deco Summit stencil over and used a cosmetic sponge and teal acrylic paint over it. The scribbles are still showing and I love the texture.

I added the different almanac pieces (from the sold out 2022 Artist Almanac Calendar) which were taken from a big painting I once made about Jersey City. Some of the images are of buildings or sights that either do not exist anymore or have changed significantly over the last couple of years since I painted the original painting, titled 99 Cent Dream.

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Arrival and Departure – Art Journal

I included in this art journal spread one of the Artist Almanac Calendar pages featuring my Two Tallest painting of both the Jersey City and New York City skylines. Although the calendar and original painting are no longer available, you can still pick up a giclee print of the work and enjoy the scene :)

The background here was just some loose layering of leftover acrylic paints with a brayer. Then I used a pencil into the wet paint to create some intersecting scribbles. I used the same colors again to fill in some of those shapes that appeared, with a brush and with a finger- it was a fun and freeing to play.

“The truth of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.” – David Bowie

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Grow Wiser, Better – Art Journal

This study for a painting depicts a Synagogue that is now a Baptist Church in my neighborhood – a very intriguing building. I used spray paints, my new fav Caran D’ Ache water soluble pencil set, Art Graf water soluble tailor chalk, and a black fine Posca marker. I also used my Hydrant rubber stamp to help set the scene.

Stay tuned for the painting ;)

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Vee

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    I love the history you share with your ‘strolls’ and your ART.
    Sharing what you see and what you have learned…things I would never see or know
    without you.
    THANKS

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More Beer – Art Journal

For this page in my vintage ledger journal I used acrylic paint in the background, kind of like a wash. Then I layered in my Manhattan and Versailles stencils that I had been using for a different project with spray paint, and just printed them on top of the page to give a negative image. I also added in a voting sticker.

As for the quote, I am not sure if it is a true Abe Lincoln one but it is attributed to him: “I’m a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring the real facts, and beer.”

Ha!!!

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Buried Hopes – Art Journal

Sometimes when I paint on canvas and have leftover paint on the palette, I get real stingy and add it into my art journal. And that may or may not be good, but it always kind of pushes me to think of the next thing to do and acts as a starting point :)

Here I added some marks with a brush and black paint, as well as some gesso texture with pressed cloth.

Then I stamped the Fan-tastic Small rubber stamps using a grey Versafine ink pad. The Journaling is done with a black Signo ball pen. Fun!

Here are some of the supplies that I used:

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Mad Magic – Art Journal

On a lightly painted background using acrylic inks, I added a sheet of grafix on which I had mono printed using the Central Ave foam stamp and some lids. I had this in my collage drawer for a while and I thought it would be perfect layered onto the background here.

I added some shadowing with my fav water soluble graphite pencils around the sheet and then also a little scribble with a signo ball pen.

I stamped again with acrylic paint and the Central Ave foam stamp to tie everything together with the background. The letters are from some old letter sticker sheets – I have always had a soft spot for those grungy letters.

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Shut the Front Door – Art Journal

Here I was playing around with some sketching and my new Caran D’Ache water soluble graphite pencil set.

I also added some Art Graph for extra color and then made marks with acrylic paint.

I used a small wooden alphabet stamp set for the title and a Sharpie ball pen for lines and my journaling.

I also added a bit of white Heavy Gesso by Liquitex for some texture and contrast as it was getting a bit overworked with the graphites. I’m still practicing the right moment to stop with those :)

The journaling reads, “Every time I start to forget, I open the door and you dim the light and I remember, you are not worth it.”

Sometimes you just have to shut the front door – LOL ;)

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Oh Nat, I love this so much!

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Awesome Side Effects – Art Journal

“Weird is a side effect of awesome”

Here I used acrylic paint and dragged it with a palette knife across the art journal page, added in bits of sewing pattern, and also used Liquitex White Gesso for even more texture.

I created marks with my favorite new supply – Caran D’ache water soluble pencils.

I finished things off with my Cardboard stamps and Embroidery stamps.

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