“Winter’s Rest” acrylic,oil pastel, graphite on Strathmore mixed media journal page.
I don’t really like the paper used in this so called “mixed media” journal, but I feel I should use it up rather than waste it! It seems to be a bristol board type paper, very smooth and kind of slick. I used white gesso as a first coat then added some color then I went over the color with black gesso blotting it off to create more texture. Then I sketched in the face and painted with acrylic and oil pastel over the acrylic.
I am happy that winter has mostly ended for Portland. Flowers are beginning to bloom, the trees are leafed and many are in bloom! I love the flowers!
Each portrait is painted on a 2.5″ x 2.5″ recycled teabag. Watercolor, Inktense pencils, Acrylics, graphite. In the process, I forgot I was brewing some new teabags and nearly started a kitchen disaster! The teabags became one with the pan, and the pan was lost!
January light in Portland is often filtered and without shadows, gray and flat. I try to get through this long month as best I can! Sometimes a surprise will happen and we get nearly brilliant sunlight for a few hours – a true gift! Today was such a day! Bright skies, stark January light, an infusion of hopefulness! So I pulled out some paintings I’ve been working on but haven’t finished.
I know its been a long while since I’ve posted anything – I have no excuse other than … I don’t know…. just haven’t been doing much and feeling very guilty for it. Making many half attempts, and not finishing much of anything. Maybe tomorrow will be a bright day too!
I’ve been making sketchbooks, or what I call workbooks, from leftover papers I’ve had sitting around for years. I’m not very good at coptic binding, but I like how this binding method allows the book to lay flat when open. There is room for improvement in my technique!
I’ve started to play with paint in the first one with the painted cover. The cover is heavy watercolor paper that I happened to have some leftover scraps. It’s about 8×12 inches. That’s as big as I like to go with journals. It has about 64 pages, counting both sides. I’m calling it “Abstractions” because I am just playing around with color and shapes. I don’t like to use more than about 64 pages per book – I seem to get overwhelmed artwise when there too many blank pages! That’s why its nice to make your own, you can choose size, paper, etc.
This is the one in the middle – about 6 x 10 inches. I used brown paper called “bogus rough” and gray tone paper. It has about 64 pages counting both sides of each page. The cover is 140# watercolor paper, which I will paint when I decide what I’ll use the journal for.
This is the one on the right. Its tall and narrow – due to leftover paper sizes. You can see how nice and flat they stay open! It has a cover made from the back of a used purchased sketch pad.
Here’s what’s happening inside the first book. I’m using acrylics on gesso coated brown pages.
I wish acrylics were’nt so shiny, but they’re great for journals because they dry fast. Sometimes the pages do stick together a little bit. But for now, I’m just painting!
I have been creating patterns on fabric with rust. I mostly used steel wool in a half and half solution of apple cider vinegar and water. Before the steel wool fully rusted I dipped the linen into the solution and got the lovely soft gray color. Then I lay a piece of the steel wool on it to create the subtle color change. After the steel wool rusted I took out pieces of it and lay it on the wet muslin after a few hours the patterns shown are the result! I’m using the rusted pieces of muslin and linen for the pages of a handmade book. Gluing them down to folded heavy watercolor paper to create signatures for a handmade book. I intend to incorporate the rust patterns into the pages, although that didn’t happen below.
This is one of the pages I’ve created for my book, I’m calling it “The Sacred Life of Trees.” Using watercolor, oil pastel, pen and ink for 12 original drawings depicting the spirit that humans have given to trees through folklore, religion, and daily life. The letter “A” is painted in bright gold paint. I like the kind of medieval look of the gold paint – kind of like an illustrated manuscript. This is my first page so I may discard and have a “do-over.” haha
I’m creating the book for the book arts exhibit at the Illahe Gallery in Ashland, Oregon in April for their Fifth Annual Artist Books Invitational and Printmakers; Also, the “Community Press” work by community members. First Friday Art Walk April 4, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
“May Your Days Be Merry “
Journal page – watercolor and oil pastel 5 x 7 inches
Wishing you all a happy Christmas! I’m flying out to Denver tomorrow to have Christmas with my 5-year-old grandson! He has a lot of plans this year: 1.) hoping to catch Santa in his task of stuffing stockings, so possibly sleeping under the Christmas tree Dec 24, this undoubtedly includes me as well. 2.) A visit to see Santa and we won’t tell him our plans to surprise him! heehee
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year ahead!