Spring 2018 Art Journal Class at Bemis
A M A Z I N G W O M E N M A K I N G P A G E S
It’s all about words and using them for expression. The first prompt involved making strips of printed deli papers and Citrasolv pages from National Geographic magazines. These papers were collaged onto the back page with a word holding special meaning..a word to carry with them for the rest of the year. A cover of tea stained muslin stamped with a stencil and some stitching for flair was added with brads over the last page and another stencil used on the adjacent page.
Fabric and stitching add a unique texture element to art journals.
Expressive underpainting was the first layer, gray tone painting to define organic shapes, and then journaling with a white gel pen.
Paying tribute to a favorite artist gave everyone the opportunity to discover..maybe a new artist or one that had been a favorite for a long time. One student chose her mother and when she showed the page to her children, they immediately knew that their grandmother was the chosen artist!
From Klimt to Van Gogh, Cezanne to Ansel Adams, Flavia to a beloved mom, and a few others, these pages reflect a tribute to an admired artist. Looking at another artists work and techniques provides ample opportunity to learn about process, color and brush strokes.
Here is a tribute to one of my favorites…Vincent Van Gogh!
Making and using personal stamps with sticky back foam and a wooden block.
This was inspired by Marks in Place..a book dedicated to the photography of ancient marks made by native people in North America. For centuries mankind has used tools to make marks in stone. We still enjoy the process of designing and making marks! We made ours in the art journal.
Each page tells a story and offers a chance to discover something new. Whether it involves a technique, a color, a word, or reflection working in an art journal is pure delight. No pressure just expression and fine tuning the creative muscle. The best part is meeting others who enjoy making art, sharing stories and celebrating one another’s creativity.
Creative hands playing with mixed media and bringing beauty into our world!
Lots of love and expression goes into these art journals! They are an artifact of our journey in mixed media and exploring new frontiers. Thanks for stopping by!