Friday, November 16, 2018

Everyday Matters

I decided to challenge myself to draw every day in the month of November. It's not something that comes naturally to me, but when I practice I do get more comfortable doing it. I chose my B6 Slim Tomoe River paper insert, pulled out my carbon ink pen, Pentel brush pen, foundation pens and watercolors. Even though I love the crinkly paper, I found out quickly that the fountain pen ink bled too much so I switched to the carbon ink pen. I discovered that COLOR not only influences my art journals but also my everyday life.
I found the best way to sketch was to have the item right in front of me to really look at, instead of drawing from memory. I hope you give it a try. It doesn't have to be perfect, just a quick sketch of your "everyday" item can be uniquely expressed in your journal to remind you that everyday matters.



Thursday, November 1, 2018

Happy Halloween

I had fun sketching and inking my owl!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Inktober

There's an Inktober 2018 challenge with prompts for drawing each day which you can follow on Instagram. I've created my own version of Inktober using my Hobonichitecho, Pentel brush pen and watercolors. It's a quick way to art everyday and forces me to keep it loose in the style of etegami.



Sunday, September 16, 2018

Pink and green

I've always liked the combo of pink and green in my journal. Green brings the balance and harmony and pink brings life and fun to the party! I was feeling a bit lethargic before journaling, but these pages certainly perked me up!
A green background was covered with areas of blue gelato and pink paint/paper peaking thru. The  flower shapes were painted in white before the pink was added to really make them pop. You'll even see hints of rain on the page because it's still raining in the Northeast! Strips of paper and Posca paint pens in white and black help add finishing details.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Healing hands

Your art journal reflects your unique journey. I’m sharing a spread representing the healing treatment I'm currently receiving for my hands at Damany Center. I started with gesso on the page before spreading a thin layer of watercolor. The colors selected will help my recovery: BLUE to bring me patience; GREEN to represent growth and new beginnings; RED to bring new life into my hands. I created my own own stencil by cutting branches and leaves from a sheet of acetate and painted the green watercolor thru the stencil. Then I traced my hand and used a stabilo pencil with waterbrush to define the edges. My written feelings are hidden in the background by quickly scribbling around the images. I'm healing thru physical therapy and art journaling therapy!


Friday, June 1, 2018

Welcome summer!

Inspired by a walk near a koi pond, I’m celebrating the beginning of summer with YELLOW and ORANGE: happy, joyous colors! And the koi symbolizes good luck and prosperity. Next time I will videotape this crazy (no thinking) layering of stencils, gelatos, collage papers and inks. It's time to put on some uplifting music, grab your journal, and create some colorful pages! 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Time to celebrate!

Using an old gift card is a great way to spread paint! It’s fun, fast and stress-free, in addition to using very little paint. Here I chose the Mexican flag colors, but added YELLOW -- because it loves to party! I added scraps of paper from the day including a napkin I obviously didn’t use but saved for my journal instead! I intend to add some personal writing to the page. What memory will you document today?