In my studio, I always direct my first time students to the paints. There's something very satisfying about playing with paint, and it's so easy to get a page going in a matter of minutes. You can leave behind a concern about words or images and just turn to color and texture. So that's where we're going to start!
There are so many ways to create a painted background. I want you to explore as many as you can come up with. Here are some ways to do it:
And one more thing...
Once you've tried out each of the above materials, try mixing it up.
Paint or scrape a background, then dry it, then come over it with sponging or fingerpainting.
Try layering over dry pages and over wet. What happens?
Try using a water spray bottle, too.
Try wiping away the paint with a baby wipe.
Try using a dry brush and a very wet brush.
How is it different? And how does it feel when you experiment with the materials?
Here are two videos with lots of great technique examples. I promise that I had no plans but just followed my fingers, the brush and the colors around the page to see what would emerge.
You've created some backgrounds...now what? Well, over throughout the course, I'll be teaching you all kinds of methods for creating interesting and personal art journal pages. For now, at these beginning stages, you have a few options:
1. Leave it as is...just some backgrounds waiting for "content" to be added later. (I always use up my extra paint by wiping it on pages further along in my journal. Then they're ready for a future date and I don't waste my paint!)
2. Keep working on a page and see what feelings rise to the surface. Continue to use color and visual texture to express those feelings.
3. Add some images (with collage? rubber stamps? draw them with a Sharpie or a pencil?) AND/OR words to express that.
Sharing your journal pages with our community.
Once you've finished your pages, it's time to take pictures of them, upload them to our Facebook private group page and then check out everyone else's work, too!
Here's a quick photo tutorial on photographing your pages.
Here is a a video tutorial on tweaking (cropping, rotating, adjusting lighting and color) your photos of your pages. Not required, but nice if you have the time, so that we see them in their best light!
In our next lesson we'll dive into the topic of how to approach the page.
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