Monday, February 17, 2014

ROOT Art Journal, Part 2

In my last post, I shared some of the pages from the first half of the art journal I created while following the prompts from Lisa Sonora Beam's online class, ROOT:  A 30-Day Journal Project
This page didn't actually respond to one of the class prompts, but the page elements kind of fell together in the mess of my art table, and I knew I had to include them in my art journal.  Sometimes the mess pays off!
Today, I thought I would share some pages from the second half of the book.  
Simple journaling over top of a watercolor wash, with some happy stamping around the sides.
When I got started, I decided to use one of those 5.5"x8" Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journals because I enjoyed that size and paper quality when I was doing the Art Journal Round Robin last year. 
Also, I had a book with some pages already prepared with watercolors.  That prompted me to go through and slap on some watercolor paint on several different spreads as preparation for whatever future journaling and collaging might come. 
Playing around with a writing font called Bungalow from one of my lettering books.
I discovered in the process that even the least artful page gets a bit of a boost from background color!  Putting a wash of watercolor, or some combination of colors, immediately eliminated that "blank page" factor that everyone is always blogging about. 
Sometimes when I would come to a spread that I had not yet prepared with watercolor, I would try to move forward without the background, and almost invariably I ended up grabbing my watercolors to go back to that basic background.  Everything else just built up from there.
Actually, for this page, I drew the doodled hand first before filling in the background with watercolor paint.

A page with a little flap, hiding the journaling beneath, and making space for more journaling on the back of the flap. 
I accidentally stamped the "k" backwards, but couldn't have picked a better place to make that mistake!
What a neat thought/connection this is!
Ahh, Dali...telling it like it is.  It's a message I can stand to hear over and over again!
I like the look of the silver pen on the watercolor background at center, with journaling all around.
I like how even the simplest drawing can add interest to a page. 
I don't like gold much in general, but I liked the look of my gold Sharpie on a paint-washed, ink-splattered background.

You've seen most of the pages I created as a result of Lisa's journaling class.  In a future post, I'll show you some of the final pages and spreads I created to fill out the final pages of the book.  Thanks for visiting!  Please leave me a note to let me know you were here.



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Melody said...

Great to see more art journal pages~ the back ground color is a great idea to get started and break the block... I also never write/draw on the first page of anything, too much pressure! I am going to add Art Journal to my growing list of arty things to do, I do love a good list. :))))Perhaps I should put the list in an art journal~ on PAGE 1 !??
:))))) Thanks for sharing!

Tina said...

I love the "Stop Making Sense" page with the backward "k"! And also the simple little bird drawing. Too often I get hung up on the page having to be complicated and then I talk myself out of doing anything altogether. I'm going to pre-prep some watercolor pages and dig in! Also thanks for sharing the size of the journal because I liked it and meant to ask what size it was! Have a great day!

iHanna said...

I can tell you had fun putting this journal together, love the "stop making sense" page a lot, and the K made me smile. :-)

VivJM said...

There's some great pages here, Andria! I especially love the "stop making sense" page too.

Patty Antle said...

Wow, what a neat project Andrea. I can see how happy it make you while creating it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful project and letting me know about it.

Carin Winkelman said...

That hand page is fantastic!

eli said...

Your backward K and Dalí's words match perfectly! Y qué lindo es comenzar un art journal y dejarlo terminadito!! Me encantó!!

Naomi said...

OH dear, a class I don't know about. lol. Your art is fantastic! I like that font you practiced very much.

Maria Ontiveros said...

I'm loving your use of lettering in your journaling (and, from a long time ago, really like your postal stamp people. I tried something similar once with stamped images for the bodies and postage stamps for heads, but I like your version better).

Parabolic Muse said...

This is a lot of dedicated work and I hope lots of fun. I love that hand!