Fruit is healthy. It’s also usually packaged in a slew of different plastic goodies that can be used to create divine texture on canvases, mixed media projects, and, of course, art journals!
Texture Technique: Eat your fruits…and save the package! Strawberry containers, grape bags, Asian pear wrappers, and many other fruits are all packaged using different types of packaging which have circles, squares, hexagons, diamonds, and other sorts of designs. Instead of throwing all of that texture away, save it for use as a stencil or glue it straight down and gesso over it to create a tactile texture versus visual texture!
Hello, everyone! Here’s an ICAD video for you! I have already started reading for college even though the semester doesn’t start until Monday, August 26th! This ICAD is pretty great, in my opinion. What’s so great about ICADs is that they are like miniature versions of art journal pages! This ICAD uses acrylic paint, a semi-failed transfer technique, stamping, and collage. If you feel you don’t have time to art journal, make sure you’re either challenging yourself to a 5 minute art journal page or do an ICAD. Hope you all enjoy!
***NOTE: If the video comes up private, try the video again in a couple hours. I’m still trying to get the timing of scheduling posts and videos just right!
The ABC Art Journal Series “T” page is here! This page is really quite a simple page, but is quite beautiful. I was very inspired by Donna Downey. If you haven’t seen anything she’s done, make sure you’ve become as unequivocally obsessed with her as the rest of the art journaling community is! This page is made using Distress Ink Reinkers, clear spray varnish, acrylic paint, stencils, and Heidi Swapp Colorshine sprays.
This technique focuses on visual texture, rather than tactile texture.
Texture Technique: Print on book text paper. Use washi tape to temporarily adhere book text to a piece of copy paper and print an image using your computer. This is perfect for those who are not patient enough to paint on every single art journal page!
Tip: A lot of “washi” tapes are coated and the ink will bead up when using inkjet printers, so make sure you’re not printing directly on the washi tape.
Bonus Tip: Use cloth medical tape on a piece of copy paper to print directly onto the tape and create your own personalized “washi” tape. I would recommend using a very tight pattern of text or a very tightly patterned image. If you plan to color the washi tape, you may want to do so before printing as you can smear the inkjet image.
I am starting to film some of my 5 minute art journal pages as they’re quick to make, quick to edit, and will give me plenty of footage to get out to you all while I’m in school! This page couldn’t have been much simpler. It was made using Dylusions (in Squeezed Orange, Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine, and London Blue), Heidi Swapp Colorshine (in Black Velvet), 2 stencils, and a silver Sharpie Paint Pen. This is proof that you CAN find time to art journal if you want to! Hope you enjoy it!
While this may not be the newest technique to most of you reading this, it’s a good technique nonetheless.
Texture Technique: Those paper towels and baby wipes you use to clean up Distress Ink, Dylusions, Lindy’s Stamp Gang, etc. are perfect to collage onto a background for added texture and color. It’s also more green than throwing them away!
Tip: If you glue it down and don’t seal it, the paper towel or baby wipe will continue to be absorbent, but if you sandwich it between a layer of gel medium or Mod Podge, it will no longer be porous. Both techniques have their individual benefits and the “best” technique is the one that suits the project you’re working on!
The ABC Art Journal Series “S” page is here! In this page, I use Dylusions and Distress Inks exclusively. I used stencils, stamps, and stickers (as well as staples). Lots of S products for the S techniques on the S page, huh? Hope you enjoy!