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Rue Paris Update

I’ve Been Busy

Finished 3 pages out of 18. It’s looking really nice. Can’t wait for one row to be done.

Other Art

I also started some new drawings.

Pencil Drawing
Color pencil drawing
Color pencil drawing

A New Painting

Acrylic painting

I am proud of my latest art. I have been trying to focus more on creating art than focusing on overworking myself in my job.

YouTube

Changed name to artwithcaroline

Film some art demonstrations. Subscribe and follow.

Caroline

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Pour Painting

Supplies needed

  • Arteza Pouring Acrylic Colors
  • trays, I used old cookie sheets
  • coasters-find them on Amazon
  • towel
  • paper towels

First Group of Coasters

Below the paint colors are: Neon Blue, Carnation Pink, Silver Fray

2nd Group of Coasters

Below the paint colors are Silver, Coral, Phthalo Green

3rd Group of Coasters

below the paint colors are Neon Purple, Titanium White, Pastel Yellow

Have Fun with Left-Over paint

I collected the dripping paint onto a tray. After I was finished with the coaster, I took paper and pressed it into the left over paint and made a print. I also brushed paint into my sketch book. This is a fun background for a sketch book multi-media artwork.

YouTube

I hope you enjoyed this. I have a youtube video about it as well. Check it out.

Make sure your CC is on for subtitles

Caroline

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Pour Paint

It’s been a quick summer. I feel like I have returned back to all work and no play mentality. I have been working from home at a new job which I love. I don’t have the pressures of meetings and needing to be in the office for 40 hours. However I have not done a good idea with my art goals lately.

To recharge me and allow my mind to heal. I decided to try pour painting. It was fun, made me laugh and giggle. I felt like I was at the art experiment table in kindergarten again. It allowed me to be free.

I might make more. This may be my fun art that I do when I need to let my mind go and have some freedom.

I have been working on my art journal technique book and have a blog specifically for it. It is

Caroline

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Painting with soft pastels

Supplies

  • Water
  • Brushes
  • Towels
  • Journal
  • Soft pastels

There’s a few ways to paint with soft pastels.

First use the soft pastel in a dry form. Rub a color onto the paper.

Then add water and use a paint brush to spread the color across the paper.

You can use a second color and blend the colors together along with diluting it with water.

Let’s keep making creative art journaling…

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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