Art journal · Gel printing · Mixed media

100 Days | Art Journal (9)

I discovered in my previous batch of art journal pages that I like to draw in my art journals. I seem to continue doing that in this batch.

The first page is a series of concentric circles that I used graduated cutters to trace out, which I then filled in using gel pens. This was just so relaxing!

The second and third pages have me lifting paint using stencils, and then adhering drawings that I made and cut out from other scrap paper. I also used stamps in the third page.

Page #1 here has some pretty freestyle watercoloring and stamping going on for the background. I then adhered plain white diecut flowers and petals onto it. The other page also has light watercolors for the background, as well as watercolor pencils. I used distress inks with stencils for the various screw tops, gears, and the flower, and used gel pens to outline them.

The tag is a mixed media one, with modeling-paste textures, polymer clay components, metallic and regular acrylics, gel pens, and paper. As usual, shiny stuff is difficult to capture in a single photograph, and the picture doesn’t do justice to the real tag.

In this first page, I pulled prints using my gelli plate with stencils, and used the negatives as well. I drew the birdhouse, and used a stamp for the wee birdie (and for its tweets); I used watercolors and a fineliner on them, then fussy cut and stuck them onto the page. The second page is a gelprint over watercolor background, with a glued-on drawing and hand-lettered quote.

The third page is inspired by Lisa Oxley’s Be The Queen art journal page. I used modeling paste for textured patterns at top-left and bottom-right, and adhered a monochrome face that I drew. The rest of the page has me playing with a bunch of acrylics, lifting paint at a few places. In the end, I daubed metallic acrylics over the textured parts. (Again, the shine is completely missing from the pictures.) I used stencils and hand-lettering for the quote.

I’m thrilled that I’m incorporating drawings in my journals. Does that mean I might be getting closer to finding out what I like to make? How did you find out what you like most about your art journaling?

Check out other posts in my 100 Days of Art Journaling series.