Blog: Art Journal

Whistling – Art Journal

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush!” It hasn’t been much of a winter yet here but I am always more excited for warm Spring weather than the cold :)

For my background I used gouache paint and a cosmetic sponge with my Art Deco Summit stencil. 

I went back and forth with the two colors. I like this stencil because it combines some fine detail with larger areas of color.

My Fan-tastic rubber stamps fit in there quite nicely. Here I used one of the small Fairview stamps.

For my quote I used a Derwent watersoluable pencil and then went in with a wet brush to oomph up the lettering.

I added some dots with the back of my pencil.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Inhale / Exhale – Art Journal

“Inhale the future… Exhale the past.” 

I was playing with my new Posca fine markers in this art journal spread that is kind of a study for the Good Vibes Only and Good Vibes Only Mini paintings. For my background I used my Kyoto, Tokyo, and Signals stencils layered on top of each other with acrylic paint and gouache.

I am loving the Posca Markers -I used to use the thicker ones all the time when still living in Germany but when I was an Ambassador for Liquitex I had to switch the markers. While I love the Liquitex Markers I miss having some thinner yet intense markers and I just thought I should buy those even though I might have enough markers for the rest of my life. I love them – they are so opaque and beautiful and flowly- a bit rough to use on textured surfaces as they easily “spritz” but on flatter surfaces a breeze. Def. glad I bought them. The white Posca Marker is not hundred percent convincing me yet, but I have to try again as it might be due to the Gouache paint that I used on some areas which gets reactivated when wet.

Here are some of the supplies I used including the Posca markers:

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Embrace New Ideas – Art Journal

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I am frightened of the old ones.” John Cage. A great quote and definitely a nice reminder to not get stuck in the same old same old.

There is a lot of little techniques going on in the background here – I used my Amsterdam stencil to make a negtive print with spray paint. Then a wash with gouache and acrylic paint on top. Next I used a Fan-fare rubber stamp with yelllow Moonlight Duo ink. And finally I finished with my Fairview Fan foam stamp and brayered on paint.

At the end I added a bit of scribble with a Stabilo All pencil.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Shilpa

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    Absolutely beautiful art journal spread, Nathalie. Awesome colors, layers, stamping. Very Inspiring!!

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Stories – Art Journal

“In the end we’ll all become stories.” – Margaret Atwood

I used Liquitex spray paints with my Art Deco Summit stencil for the background. I also found that my Fanfare rubber stamps fit nicely into that stencil pattern to give a little more detail to the pattern.

For the house I used a handmade stencil and then went back in with a fine tip Molotow marker for the sketchy lines and doodle marks etc.

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One More Time – Art Journal

“She looked at her old life one more time, took a deep breath, and whispered I will never see you again.” This page was inspired by Jane LaFazio’s video for Creative JumpStart – boy oh boy I haven’t sketched in a long time either and that was really hard and and also a really fun challenge for me. Definitely time to do it more :) 

I loved sketching my watch that I wear almost every day in my studio. You notice so many details of something you wear everyday and maybe don’t even think about. I used a Derwent 2B sketching pencil and Daniel Smith watercolors for the watch, and a calligraphy pen for my journaling.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Cath

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    Wow, that’s a powerful quote – great layout.

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Silent Friends – Art Journal

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends!” – Martin Luther King Jr.  There are so many powerful quotes to choose from but this one really resonated with me today.

For this part I used collage papers from old prints of paintings of mine, and gouache paints.

To extend the cityscape, I used my Stroll Through the Hood 2 stamps and a skim of white gesso to pull everything together.

I used a Molotow marker for my quote.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Going Postal – Art Journal

“I breathe in, I go postal…when I am upset and someone tells me to take a deep breath”.  I was inspired by Marieke’s amazing lesson in CJS20 to make this art journal page and …am obviously making fun …or maybe not ;)

The round elements are deli paper printed circles with a gelli plate and my Art Deco Empire and Art Nouveau Wallpaper stencils as well as versafine inks.

The paint in between is goache and gesso. I added marks with a Stabilo pencil, stamped with my Small Circle Jumble rubber stamp set and drew the face with walnut ink.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Cath

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    Love it – the face has so much expression!

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Art is Hope – Art Journal

“Art is the highest form of hope.” – Gerhard Richter

I used a round Gelli plate and versafine ink pads. I stenciled on top with my Art Nouveau Wallpaper, Art Deco Fairview, and Art Deco Empire stencils, used deli paper on top, then printed onto my art journal. For some like the yellow ones for example I then added a solid yellow layer to the plate and then pressed the still wet surface of the before printed deli paper back on top and got then the pattern into the yellow – kind of going back and forth a bit.

I painted black gesso around it and used a white signo pen for the journaling.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Make a Mark – Art Journal

“There! I made a mark for myself!” There is a lot going on in this spread, including marks :)

I used acrylic ink in my background and a mix of black liquitex spray paint and acrlyic paint. Lots of layers and visual and actual texture… and mark-making with my new Tokyo stencil for the pattern.

Then I went in and traced the stencil with a white signo pen.

And then acrylic ink for my drawing.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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