I showed you a page from my art journal on Friday. If you remember, it had a design issue: The way it was laid out, the page was divided into distinct quarters with no flow between them. I decided to tackle a revision of the design. The first step was to get rid of the worst parts and restore the basic design as best as I could. I began with Liquatex white and bright aqua green gouache.

This is both a fail and a win. Initially, I started with the second color scheme challenge for February. I had brushed on streaks of Bright Aqua Green, Quinacridone Magenta and Dioxazine Purple. These colors are intense. I didn’t like what they looked like on the page. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to tone it all down and possibly cover it up with a coat of gesso.

Yesterday, I challenged the members of the Micro Art Journaling FB group to practice mark making. That was the inspiration for this layout in my tiny art journal. I began with a Carbon Black, Liquatex marker. I made marks around the pages to create a kind of frame. Next, I used Medium Magenta, Brilliant Purple and Light Blue Permanent, Liquatex markers to add scribbles of color to the pages.

This is the reverse side of the card I showed you yesterday. When I flipped the card over, there was this shape that was part of a speech bubble in the advertisement that was originally on the paper. When I flipped the card upside down, the shape reminded me of a bird, so I went for it. This began with painting the lighter blue, and violet color on the card, avoiding the bird shape.

This is a simple color test for a color challenge for this month. The colors are Light Blue Permanent, Deep Violet and Prussian Blue. This is a small (2-5/8” x 4”) card cut from a junk mail advertisement. I hate to throw perfectly good paper and cardstock away, so I often cut the cardstock into this size/shape pieces. Then I use the small cards for various small art. In this case, the card was mostly white with a small amount of printing.

I’m creating a section in my art journal for things that I call “underpinnings”. These are basically ways to break the blank page syndrome that befalls all artists from time to time. It’s also a good way to pull out your supplies and try new things, because you can always cover it up and move on if you really don’t like it. So this is my first one. It was done using Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons on “raw”, not gessoed paper.

Here’s another color wheel added to my Art Journal. (You can see the previous one here.) For the previous wheel I used opaque colors. This one was created using colors that are more transparent: Quinacridone Magenta, Pthalocyanine Blue (Green Shade) and Indian Yellow. The center ring is the pure paints mixed with each other. The outer ring is these mixtures with Titanium White and the inner ring is these colors mixed with Ivory Black.

Yesterday, you saw my micro art journaling layout for a Facebook Color Challenge. Today, here’s my full-sized page for the same challenge. I began by using a palette knife to apply the three colors to my page. I didn’t have any particular style in mind, I just wanted to see what they looked like. Then I used a couple of stencils to add more color to the page.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a layout from my tiny art journal. These books are 2-7/8 inches high by 2 inches wide when closed. Today’s layout was inspired by a color challenge from another group. The colors were Quinacridone Magenta, Naples Yellow and Mars Black. I was working on a full-sized layout and had some leftover paint, so I spread it on the background on this tiny page.

This final layout in the Collaborative Artists’ Journal features Judy’s response to the “Self Portrait” prompt on the left and an abstract collage on the right. The background of the left page is more faux journaling, and stamping with a handwriting stamp. Judy created a pocket, to hold a folder from beautiful, torn, aqua, hand-made paper. She’s accented it with two rows of emerald jewels. The pocket contains a folder made from black paper and painted with aqua and white inks.

This spread was created to accomodate the back side of Judy’s response to the “Self Portrait” prompt. When she turned hers in, the back side had these beautiful, faux journaling markings on it. I didn’t want to completely cover them up because they were so wonderful. Instead, I chose to create a contrast to the monochromatic paper by using this bright, turquoise blue paper on the left side, which has a rich texture on it’s own.

This wonderful layout is Madeline’s response to the “Self Portrait” prompt. Madeline works in an intense collage style which yields lots of rich texture and interest. There are many 3D elements here, including ribbons and charms. She has used papers, images from magazines, words from books and stamps, tape and paint to create this homage to the self! Left: Madeline Hill Kasian Right: Madeline Hill Kasian

The final prompt in our collaborative book is “Self-Portrait”. I think that this is, hands down, the hardest prompt for most artists. We would much rather paint a beautiful, abstract scene than create something that is pointedly about ourselves. So I chose to represent myself as my personal icon. Although I did make grey hair, with a bit of pink, rather than all pink. I am surrounded by all the things from the sea that I love.

I wish you could see Judy’s wonderful pages in person. There is so much rich texture that I think is hard for the viewer to appreciate through a photograph. I chose to include these at this point in the book as a transition to the “Self-Portrait” pages. The beautiful walnut brown in combination with the teal feels calm, almost a bit antique. The feeling is reinforced by the bits of lace and ribbon along with the musical papers.

This is my shrine to my secret garden. I actually love gardens and gardening. However, where I live, they aren’t really practical. So instead, I draw and paint them in abstract. I often imagin them with various benches and sculptures tucked in here and there. So for this one, there is a cement head sculpture overlooking the plantings. Perhaps it is some sort of guardian! Aside from the butterflies, this was painted with Caran d’Ache, Inktense and Albrecht Dürer Watercolor pencils.