Sunday, March 20, 2016

Art journal page with watercolors

Yesterday, I’ve created a page in my art journal: "Looking for the best part in your self", which I wanted to share with you today. 
Instead of using acrylic paints for my back ground as usual, I decided to use watercolors for the first layer of my page. Just playing around and watching the colors flow is so relaxing. You never can go wrong with that. Secondly, I used my watercolor crayons to strengthen the colors and bring more structure into the page. Then I drew the hand with oil pastels and cut it out. Together with the duckling and the other collage elements they formed the third layer. And last but not least I decorated the page with some doodles.

I had so much fun with this page.  Lately I am working in an unstitched insert in my A5 Fauxdori. (travelers notebook). The fun thing about this booklet is that I am playing on all the pages at once. Slapping some paint here and there. Pasting some bit and pieces  on several pagers and so on. Every now and then a page gets completed just like this one. 
It is a very freeing method, since you don’t have to create the perfect page anymore. You just add elements on the page which needs something extra. When you feel you're ready you’ll  stop, even if non of the pages is finished. The pages develop questions and you can return to your art journal when you’ve found a part of the answer.

11 comments:

  1. I love that you can draw and create such original expressions of yourself. I am guessing that is some of the translation of 'op zoek naar het beste in jerzelf. Also I see the bird(s) and the spiral in your art that was posted on the 'Sycamore Tree' blog. I find it fascinating that different readings are so similar on the different posts. Gelukkig Pasen, it is my best guess

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    1. Thanks Carolyn you are right. I forgot the put the translation in my post (which I will correct right now) I love how you made the connection between my post and the one from Bev. I've just read her post and didn't notice the similarity myself
      Happy Ostara / Spring Equinox!!

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  2. I did this with a vintage book as the base vessel, it was fun. Do a search for altered books and you'll see amazing creations.

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    1. I've seen a lot of these beautiful books. Searching for art journal pages and altered books on Pinterest and IG is my kind of flipping through magazines on a lazy afternoon :)

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  3. I love the various art techniques you combined on these pages - they look great AND fun! :) And what freedom in the idea of not worrying about finishing it but because you're ready.

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    1. Thanks Bev. Working like this has dissolved some big creative blocks :)

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  4. This was so inspiring - thank you for sharing!

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  5. I love these insights into your creative process! And the suggestion to have loose pages that just develop over time is lovely, too :)

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    1. Seeing others do this has inspired me a lot so maybe just maybe....I can pass it on

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