Monthly Archives: February 2013

Starry nights

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Here’s another spread based on Dina Wakley’s Art Journal Freedom. I’m having fun with this, can you tell?

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Heart days

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Got Dina Wakley’s new book, Art Journal Freedom, last week and I think it’s the best art book buy I’ve ever made. It’s kind of funny because when it became available for preorder on Amazon I ordered it because I like her style; I didn’t realize it was based on lessons in composition (I know, read the subtitle!) and color. I think I do okay with color (orange obsession aside) but I need help with composition; too much left-brain influence. I like Dina’s writing style, too. It’s intelligent, engaging, and encouraging, a combination that seems hard to achieve.
I started a journal page based on the second chapter (the first chapter is a materials list, good stuff for beginners), then discovered my lovely squares are too big for the page. Oops, oh well, as Dina says! I used scraps to make rectangles (so my page has asymmetrical symmetry) and I started a canvas to use with the squares.
Here’s the journal page. More photos of the rest on the DRCH Studio Facebook page

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Grungy journal pages

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A couple of pages from my Coptic-bound junk journal. I thought I might be tempted to work on one page at a time in this, but I can’t seem to help working in two-page spreads. The page on the left was blank, the right has part of a monoprint made using my Gelli plate and one of the new Michelle Ward stencils (love that the masks come with the stencils!) on colored paper. I wanted to fill the pages up and I think I succeeded. 😉 I tend to stop too soon on a lot of my pages. I gessoed the left page and scraped acrylic paint on with an old bank card. Lots of washi tape, a paint chip card, old book text, and journaling. And orange. Can’t seem to stop using orange.

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Above is left, below is right

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