Art Journal · Mixed Media
I am someone who likes to work small, little drawings of 10×10 cm. Or in my Art Journal (BookDori) that is about 15×20 cm. That is big enough for me. If it’s bigger I find it a little intimidating.
But I do have a bigger book, an old altered science book, that I’ve sometimes used to work in.
A double page is 37×26 cm and I’ll find it very big. But for this girl I did use it and I didn’t find it intimidating at all! Just grabbed my pencil and started drawing big without thinking about it. Lots of times things are just in your head and you think they are true until you just try them and prove your thinking to be wrong.
I’ve started with putting a thin layer of Golden Absorbent ground on the page. Then I’ve used Derwent Pastel Pencils for the coloring, Derwent Graphitint Pencils for some darker lines and Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils for the shading. For the background I’ve used Pan Pastels.
I love the transparency of it all and how her hair worked out, it looks like little round pillows sewn together and makes it all look very soft. The bright green color is very beautiful. And I love her chubby cheeks.
Still trying to find out if she is finished or not. For now I let her be the way she is.
Yesterday was a day that nothing went right. I was tired and was trying to do something with acrylic paint. But I’m not very good with acrylic paint so nothing worked out the way I wanted. I know I have a lot to learn and most off the time I enjoy the learning process. But yesterday wasn’t such a day…
So I gave up and took my diary to put some thoughts onto paper. But instead of a pen I took a stencil, some Distress ink and paints and just made a background with it. It relaxed me a lot because there was no pressure at all and no expectations of the outcome. I thought it was a nice background to write on.
But because I was so relaxed, I started to make something… I painted a little head and neck with some Amsterdam titanium buff light acrylic paint and when that was dry I put a thin layer of Golden Absorbent ground on it.
And then just started to draw…
I had a piece of scrap paper with some notes from my boyfriend and used that to make a dress. I used a stamp and some ink to decorate it a little and glued it in.
The coloring of the girl and her dress I did with Derwent pastel pencils, some Derwent graphitint pencils, and a blending stump. No stress there I know how to use those
Very pleased with how she turned out and thankful that she made my day a very good one after all
Relax and Trust.
Let go. Then,
let go some more.”
Art Journal · Drawings
I love love LOVE drawing faces! Just sitting on the couch with my BookDori (I will show that in a later post), watching tv and draw draw DRAW! Not trying to draw lifelike faces, just some kind of whimsical girls.
These two I’ve made with a graphite pencil and a blending stump on simple white paper.
It always amazes me how different the faces are and how much I learn by just relaxing and draw.
In my BookDori I’ve made an insert with newspaper paper and I’ve drawn a few faces on that. This one I’ve done with a Colored Graphite Pencil.
And for the last two I’ve used a Cretacolor Nero Soft 2 and a blending stump.
They are all so very different, one looks cross-eyed, another dreamy or a little suprised.
I just let them come as they are and love them all because they give me so much peace an pleasure!