Thursday, January 13, 2011

Studio Space and Journaling

I'm excited to be planning an actual "studio" area to work in at home.  We are planning on making some updates to the kitchen which means that my current work space there will no longer be available.  Instead I'm going to have a small space in the living room.  There is an area that is over run with all the extra toys and books that don't fit into the built-in bookcases and toy drawers.  My dad is giving me his wooden topped, tons of storage, custom-made work table that he used for work before he retired.  I'll be able to stand at it or use a stool.  I think this area will be much more useful when organized since most of my supplies will be close at hand.  A built-in bookcase, a large wall-mounted "writing" desk, a filing cabinet and wire cubes will finish off the little corner to house supplies.  It will be nice to actually use the space for something more than a toy collection area.

I've also made more progress on a few pages in my art journal.  I finally tried adhering a cut-out from a magazine.  I usually prefer heavier paper but this worked out well.  I used matte gel medium and had to remember to smooth the paper out with my fingers.  The cut out was to bright so I watered down some acrylic paint that blended with my background as used that as a wash once the medium was dry.  Did some scribbling in pencil and still need to go over it with ink but it is looking pretty good to me.

Art Journal Page #6 - Stage 2

Art Journal Page #6 - Detail

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Art Journal and Painting

I have actually managed to (almost) consistently work on my art journal since the start of the year.  Trying some fun things with paint and pens in it.  I've got a list of things I'm looking forward to trying.  I even managed to create a decent face.

New Year's journal entry

Beginning of Face

Face in progress

I've also been working on a project with roses painted on textured patterned paper.  The roses turned out well and I can't wait to start assembling the rest of the piece.  I actually liked the roses so well on the one piece of paper that I had to create something similar for another project, though I don't know what that project will be.  I have a small notebook that is filling up with ideas for projects I want to work on, someday.

Roses and Daisies on 'burlap' paper

Detail A

Roses and flowers on textured paper

Detail B

I finally have some cute journaling spots for a set of layouts I would like to finish.  Painted roses on circles, very cute.  I also made some journaling spots with winter green flowers and snowmen faces.  These will come in handy for holiday and snow layouts I'll work on this spring.  I might make some fancier ones with multiple layers of paper but these are cute and simple.

Roses journaling spots

Detail C

Winter Flower and Snowmen journaling spots
Detail D