We got hit on the East coast this weekend with a blizzard! So on Saturday we were stuck inside all day. I love not having places to be and just do want I want. The kids got to play, I got to play and we watched Netflix!
One of my plans for 2016 is to play more in my art journal. I love Dylusions journals and have a few but I wanted a different one. I have used simple inexpensive journals from Jerry's Artarama but the pages are thin and meant to be more of a sketchbook. I would gesso every page first which gave it stability. That worked fine but this time I wanted to avoid always using gesso. I have the Strathmore Mixed Media hard back journal which was recommended by Joanne Sharpe. (I'm currently taking her awesome year long class called The Artfully Inspired Life. ) So far I have only used Tombow markers for watercoloring in it but it's a great journal. However it's a bit expensive. I snagged mine from Michael's at 1/2 off.
So for this new journal I didn't want to spend a whole lot as I want this journal to be something to play in, experiment and make mistakes etc. While at Michael's last week I picked up this journal by Artist's Loft. This is considered a sketchbook as well with a weight of 75lb paper. So yes it's somewhat thin like my other one but the paper felt a bit better. I figured with a coupon and only about $5.00 why not try it.
Here are some pages I created. Now remember I was just playing and messing around with the original intention of not sharing this journal but that's silly right?
On this page I used a circle stencil to create the colored circles. Then while watching TV I grabbed a micron pen and add the shapes and doodles. I'm sure I'll mess around more here but this is what I have right now.
As you can see these are all pretty simple and basic but just fun to create with no real goal in mind. I'm excited to just keep playing, try out some new ideas and techniques etc. Next up I was checking out some Gelli Plate videos and pulled out my 6x6 plate to create with. I'll share some pages soon.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will come and play along with us in our current WINTER themed challenge!