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Frolicaholic background

Hi ho friends.

The art journal review continues with a background page I made for one of my first online art classes with Jane Davenport: Draw Happy.  This is the class she recommends as the starting point for newbies and it eases you into drawing with art journals, doodles and very simple faces.  I believe I made this page using homemade acrylic paint sprays, Distress Ink, and markers.  My art supplies were limited at the time.  The art journal was one of the Teesha Amazing 16 page art journals.

To be honest, I haven’t seen the actual art journal in a while so I’m not sure that I ever finished this page.  That’s the great thing about art journals – they are never really finished. I like making background pages, stashing the art journal and then digging it out years later to work on it again.

My backgrounds have progressed quite a bit from the early days.  I’ve learned so much. In fact, one of my favorite ways to start a background is to take an alcohol marker, like a Copic, and doodle.  Any color marker, it doesn’t matter. Then paint or spray ink over it.  The alcohol marker keeps floating to the top.  Well, technically, the alcohol is breaking down the acrylics or water-based materials.  The same is true if you use Alcohol inks, such as Ranger alcohol inks, only you can get a more droppy and spattering effect, especially if you spray water on your page before you drop ink on it.  Try it, it’s fun!

What’s one of your favorite background techniques? Leave a comment and a link and I’ll stop by and check it out.

Happy arting.

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Chin up, buttercup

Hi ho friends.

The online art journal review continues this week with a 2 page spread from Jane Davenport’s “Express Yourself” class.  What I love about Jane’s style of teaching is that she is not teaching you to draw real life.  You may use photos to inspire a pose or facial expression but the work itself comes from your mind.

I’ve tried drawing real life many times and I don’t enjoy it. There is the internal pressure to make something as realistic as possible. Or perhaps it’s just my Inner Critic nagging me that whatever I draw isn’t real enough.  Whatever the issue, when I started taking Jane’s classes, my drawing finally felt right. It felt like me.  I wasn’t trying to recreate the real world. I was delving into my own inner world.

Chin Up

The text for these two pages is from a Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros’ song “Road to Rock ‘N Roll.” Song lyrics feature regularly as the text in my art journals.

These pages were made primarily with Prismacolor pencils and distress stains. I don’t even think I painted her face with acrylics.  The journal is one of my unknown brand bound hardcover sketchbooks.

What are you working on? Leave a comment and share a link. I’d love to stop by and see what you’re up to.

Happy arting.


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Lobster Strongman

Hi ho friends.

In honor of the end of 2017, I’m reviewing some of my art journals.  I typically take photos as I work on class projects, even though I always post them as I’m working on them. As my mom likes to say, “I only have 2 hands.”

As I was strolling through my Jane Davenport class photos, I found the next 4 posts, working backwards through time.  Today’s post is “Lobster Strongman,” a 2 page art journal spread I made during Jane and Teesha’s live class, Mermaid Circus.

I love Teesha Moore’s art. I never seem to catch Teesha’s live classes, so when Jane Davenport announced a live Mermaid Circus 2 years ago, I jumped on it, even though I was also taking Tam’s year-long Life Book.
I struggled throughout Mermaid Circus trying to make Teesha’s quirky collage style my own.  I feel these two pages are my best effort to date.  I enjoy that it captures both teacher styles: Jane on the left and Teesha on the right.

Every few months I dabble in Teesha-style collage but my page-filling tendencies get the better of me.  I think Teesha’s style is why I also love Dyan Reveley’s work. Dyan was also inspired by Teesha and she has made this type of quirky collage work for her.

It’s only a matter of time before I make it my own – I feel my own style is still evolving. Perhaps it never stops evolving.

How do you incorporate the artists who inspire you in your work?  Leave a comment or link to your current project. I’d love to check it out.

Happy arting!