When I first started doing Art again, about a year ago, I began with taking a course which i found online. It was by a brilliant mixed media artist called Joanna Sharpe and I would recommend it to anyone.
Anyway one thing kind of morphed into another and I discovered Bullet Journaling (which I obviously love) but I did miss the art a bit. So I’ve decided to start an Art Journal and began this sunny afternoon!
You can spend a total fortune on art journaling supplies (as you can with bullet journaling) so I thought it would be a good idea to see if I could use what I had. I decided to make a stencil, using my Silhouette Portrait machine, and see if it would hold up to inks and paints (even though it is only made of card).
I guess the good thing about it is that I can just make another one when this one falls apart! and there seem to be countless free files available online which you can use for this purpose (just make sure it is a .png file to import into Silhouette).
I covered my background with a mixture of acrylic paints, using the “baby wipe” method taught by another amazing artist and YouTuber, Dyan Reaveley – Dyan is also responsible for the Dylusions range of paints and art journal supplies sold by Ranger – here is a brilliant stockist in the UK if you are interested – Art From The Heart – (they also sell Tim Holtz and various other artists) – they have a great range.
(Holding up well, so far), but I have only used inks with them rather than paint as I thought this would not be so wet (it’s only cardboard after all!). After the background was done I started adding my layers, using text from a book, a gorgeous sunny picture from a sunday paper magazine, and gesso to dampen the whole thing down otherwise it seemed to look too bright.
I stencilled some of the Gesso to make it a bit of a 3-D effect and I really like how that has come out. Then a few more embellishments including some “saying” stickers that I made on the Portrait and I think I’m done!
What do you think? Do you have any top tips I can follow, or maybe an artist you follow that you would recommend? I’d love to hear about them so please comment below. Until next time, from this sunny afternoon here in the UK, have a great crafting weekend!