Monday, January 5, 2015

Stream of Consciousness Art Journal Page

Hello All,
Today I wanted to make a simple art journal page just to keep me in the groove. Today was the first day back to school and work for many...and well I am just a bit tired. I decided to watch a video or two from Creative Jumpstart to get moving. Here is the resulting art journal page.


I started out trying some inspiration from Nathalie Kalbach from Creative Jumpstart. She was trying out a new brush and just seemed to be quickly smooshing around some nice color in a 'stream of consciousness' sort of way. Intuitive and without much fuss. So I gave that a try.


Next I added in some stenciling first with acrylic paint on a cosmetic wedge, and then with a Heidi Swapp white spray. You can see I still think circles make the world go around!


I then added some more circles with round things on my desk dipped in acrylic. Then just started using my fingers to apply paint. This is when I really decided the theme of my page.


I went to the computer and printed a few things. One being this definition of stream of consciousness. I wanted it to look like it was ripped from a dictionary or something..so I distressed it with yellow and tan dye inks from Stampin' Up!, and a sponge.


I cut out a phrase I had printed using a free font called ransom note. I attached those using matte liquid medium.


Now I needed a main focal point image, so I decided to make a tag using watercolor paper. I sprayed some Heidi Swapp sprays out and smooshed some color onto the tag to give a background. These sprays are shimmery which is kind of cool too.


Then I sketched and painted a girl onto the tag. I wanted to try out shading and highlights with other colors then peach and pinks. I had a bit of trouble making a nice image because the paper was very rough...a cold pressed watercolor paper (yuck)


Finally I assembled the page using all the elements plus a thought bubble for the girl and some randomly placed washi tape. I hope you enjoyed my project :)
<3 Shel

PS...For those who were worried after my last post that I would never get my Lifebook week one painting done...I did :) Here she is, my tree angel.



13 comments:

  1. Shel I love day 5, the sentiment, and the tag that you created are fabulous! And your tree angel is amazing!

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  2. Lovely page. Thanks for showing the process and taking part in CJS15

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    1. Thanks for visiting Cuchy. CJS15 is really fun!

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  3. Awesome - wonderful page ! Thanks for being part of CJS15!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Nathalie..and thanks for organizing CJS15! It is a real help in getting back in the studio and getting over the post holiday slump :)

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  4. Lovely complementary colours and great collage pieces! Will check out CJS.

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  5. And of course your Beacon of Light is just stunning! I'm so glad you found your own version of it in the end!

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  6. Love what you have done the colours are really vibrant!

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    1. Thanks Joan. This color combo is my favorite old standby...it always makes me happy!

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  7. Beautiful work, I love seeing the different stages. The tree angel is exquisite - such detail and delicacy - I love it. Thank you so much for stopping by my desk earlier,
    Diana #50

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    1. Thank you for visiting Diana :) I like to teach so that is why I write the steps..in case they help someone. I come from a long line of teachers lol

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