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Watercolor and Pen

This is an abstract art piece for your journal.

Supplies

  • Watercolor
  • Brushes
  • Water container
  • Paper towels
  • Pens-assorted colors

Start by painting shapes onto the paper. The shapes can overlap and the paint can bleed into another color. Fill the paper with as many shapes as you want.

Let dry. Use a blow dryer to speed up the drying time.

Then use the pens to outline the shapes and doodle in and around the shapes. Let your creativity flow.

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Crayons and Watercolor Painting

Supplies

  • paper/journal
  • gesso
  • brush for gesso
  • watercolor paint
  • crayons-various colors
  • pens-black and blue or various colors
  • canister for water
  • brushes
  • towels

Start by picking the size of paper or the journal you want to show your creativity.

My Choice in a Journal

Then gesso the paper. (Gesso is a primer to prevent the paint from soaking into the canvas or other materials such as paper). Let dry. A blow drier can be used to speed up the drying process.

Then use the crayons and mark on the paper lines going in all directions.

Then use the watercolor paints and start painting over the lines. Add splashes of colors onto the paper until you get the desired colors you want.

Let dry, again you can use the blow drier to speed up the drying time.

Once dry, take the pens and add details to it. You might want to highlight certain areas with doodle-like drawings, or outlines shapes. So much possibility is in this process.

This technique can be used for a background, a part of a larger painting, a book cover, bookmarks, or stationary.

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Benefits of an Art Journal

What does Art Journaling Do?

Art Journaling helps to reduce stress.  It is a tool to help with self-growth.  It allows for your brain to relax and release the mental thoughts that are causing anxiety.  An art journal exercise is a relaxing activity that involves color, pattern, texture and self-expression.  Using an art journal can increase your artistic expression and freedom. 

Art journaling can help to focus and manifest goals.  The entire art journal can include inspirations, quotes, pictures, travel, a dream home, or a dream job etc. 

Topics and Themes for Art Journals

  • Nature/seasons
  • 4 elements-earth, fire, wind, water
  • Vintage
  • Victorian era
  • Planets/sky
  • Flowers
  • Doodles
  • Zig-zag line drawing
  • Animals/insects
  • City-scapes
  • Ocean/water
  • Relationships: family, friends
  • Travel destinations
  • Health and Fitness
  • Goals and dreams
  • Inspiring people
  • Religion/Spiritual
  • Poems/short stories
  • Inspirational quotes/scripture
  • Creative techniques
  • Fictional character/cartoon/superhero

Part One of the Creative Journal

The Journal I am introducing for the first section of creating a journal is a technique journal. You will learn different techniques to use in a journal that will give you expressive and interesting effects that can add creativity and detail to your journal page.

Let’s start journaling….

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Spending Time in the Studio

The Paintings

This morning has been very humid, so I spent the morning in my studio. I wanted to try a black and white painting. It’s been such a long time since I have drawn and painted using black and white.

First I drew a sketch a few weeks ago. Then I used a 11″x14″ canvas board. Normally I don’t paint on these boards often.

I am waiting for it to dry and will go back to it soon to add more depth and detail.

I also worked on the flower scribble acrylic painting.

I will work on it more soon. Also needing it to dry.

Coming Soon

I have been thinking about putting together a book about creating in a visual art journal. It’s something I’m going to try to work on once a week. Eventually I will be posting more about it and hopefully can get it sold.

I decided to not do YouTube videos as I want time to work on my book. I wasn’t enjoying video creating but I will post videos from time-to-time on Instagram.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Yellow Flower Painting

Today I had some time to start a new painting. I get into my painting moods, currently that’s what I want to do.

I draw out a sketch of what I want to paint. Then I paint the first layer of colors.

This is where it is at. I’m loving the negative spaces (white areas).

I have been using the student grade acrylic paints. I will be upgrading the paint by next year. But in the meantime, I’ll paint with what I have.

I’ll update soon,

Happy Day

Caroline

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Sunday Expressive Painting

The Process

Place the acrylic paint colors into my pallet. Then played relaxing instrumental music. I used deep breathing and focus on the intention of painting. I used sketch book paper for the mini expressive paintings. Then I started to paint on canvas using the Expressive art techniques.

Before I closed up the studio, I drew out a scribble of my next painting.

Acrylic paint on sketchbook paper

I used modeling paste medium on this mini expressive painting. I wanted to make it textured and learn how to incorporate it in my painting.

Acrylic on canvas…in progress painting

What’s On My Mind

I have been working on being in my art studio daily, either drawing, watching art videos, or painting.

I have not decided what I want to do as far as if I want to set up a shop, do more vlogging, or just make art with no intention of doing anything other than this blog.

I think I can’t decide because there’s so much going on. I started my new job which has taken off in such a successful way. And I’ll be taking on a new part time job soon. I am consumed by health issues. So do I want the stress of an art business along with working my jobs? I need to work as the medical expenses has been getting expensive.

I have an urge to concentrate on my knitted blanket and cross stitch and embroidery projects. I find those relaxing. The fine arts tend to bring more anxiety provoking because I never know if it would be good enough to invest in my time to sell it.

So what to do? That is a question to answer.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Watercolor Flowers

Dahlia flower meaning:

wealth and elegance, and also a symbol for love.

This is dahlias that I have on my patio. Today I had a few minutes and got my watercolor paints and sat outside for awhile to capture it in real life.

I ended up taking a photo, because the bugs were biting and the sun was too hot.

Painting Outside

This is what I captured when painting outside.

Finishing Inside

Final Painting

YouTube Video

Happy Day

Caroline

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Color Pencil Drawing

Today was a relaxing day, I did not have to go into the office to work. I spent the morning drawing a few sketches. I might make these into larger drawings.

I have been interested to draw lately. There are some changes happening in my life and drawing is peaceful and helps me to slow down.

Tools Used:

  • Faber-Castell color pencils
  • Strathmore colored pencil paper
  • Gamsol mineral spirits
  • Paint brushes

Solvent

Gamsol-mineral spirits for color pencils

Color Pencil Drawings

New YouTube Video

Happy Day

Caroline