Art journal · Mixed media

Be You | Art Journal

[Challenge win: Top 5 at More Mixed Media challenge]

I’ve been drawing and coloring more in my art journal spreads lately, and it’s interesting to observe colors play with one another, and how one medium affects another.

For the background of this spread, I mainly used the paint lifting technique and acrylics pouncing. The acrylics are metallic, so the checks in the background shine when the angle is right.

Be You | Art Journal | Anita

For the girl, I used mainly watercolors and watercolor pencils, with a fineliner and some gel pens for the thinner lines. I colored the dress using the same stencil as I did for the background, but with watercolors instead of acrylics.

I’ve been trying to draw and paint my focal figures directly over the background, but I still feel more comfortable creating them on a different piece of paper, fussy cutting them, and adhering them onto the background.

I used archival ink with cling foam alphabet stamps for the large letters in the quote, and handwrote the small ones. I then used an oil-based marker and gel pens to outline the letters.

I added some marks on the background to complete the spread. Ta da!


With this spread, I’m joining the following challenges –

 

Alphabet Challenge - C is for Checks
Alphabet Challenge – C is for Checks
Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #393
Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #393 (Pixie|Pewter|Raspberry w/ Green Apple)
Colour Crazy Challenge - Week 19 - Anything Goes Colouring Challenge
Colour Crazy Challenge – Week 19 – Anything Goes Colouring Challenge
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Challenge #186
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog – Challenge #186
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes w/ Optional Pink
More Mixed Media Challenge – Anything Goes w/ Optional Pink
Not Just Cards May Challenge
Not Just Cards May Challenge
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge For May, #5-2020
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge For May, #5-2020
STAMPlorations May Stencil Challenge
STAMPlorations May Stencil Challenge

31 thoughts on “Be You | Art Journal

  1. That background is amazing. You are very creative. Thanks for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge. Love Dawn x

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    1. Thanks Ginny! I wanted to mini-challenge myself to stick with the same stencil for this session, so thought it’d be fun to try out a different angle. 😉

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  2. What a beautiful journal entry – the imagery and colors are gorgeous! I like the way you used our challenge theme “checks” as a textural element! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful project at the Alphabet Challenge!
    Rachelle – DT : )

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  3. What a great, edgy design. Love the background. Thank you for sharing your creation with us at Color My Heart Dare. Please come back this week and join us for another challenge. I can’t wait to see what you create!

    Miss. Carrie’s Creations
    http://www.misscarriescreations.com

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