Overcast days are actually pretty nice if they're still BRIGHT! It's a nice day for an adventure but I'm in that awkward place where I crave socialization, yet I'm too scared to be in public alone. So I drove around aimlessly. Thought about going to the art gallery, but wasn't willing to leave the car. So I'm back at home now, thinking about making some ATCs for a swap, and a second art journal for the shop. I'm also impatiently waiting for plant season! I have so many survivors to play with! Way to go, plant team.
I also didn't realize until uploading these photos that I made this 8x8" journal with only two binding ribbons. The ribbon I'm using is so wide that it looks just right, but it was a completely subconscious decision! It just goes to show that sometimes I can trust my brain. Sometimes.
The "Holy Carp" art journal is available here.
I inherited a dried up sapling from work that is pretty much dead I think, but with enough water and denial I think I could bring it back to life. It's quite the long shot and if I hadn't watched my Calamondin die back to the ground and reemerge like a phoenix last year, I wouldn't have bothered.
It's really quite crispy-dry, this tree, but it's also bright green so I don't know what to expect. Miracles, hopefully.
In the meantime, I've built a few art journals for the shop! The above "Lilac Dragonfly" is a smaller 7x7" version, because finding the right paper is tough and Fabriano is always plentiful. It's just that it's smaller. It also comes in many irresistible colours - this time, grey.
Having a more leisurely week! I've been meaning to make a few sketchbooks recently, but it's hard to find paper of a certain weight and of a certain size for a small enough price to sell them without working for free. This is the best stage - the tearing and folding of pages is behind me, and shiny copies of my journal pages are hot off the laser printer. It's very tempting to tack them all up onto the wall!
There's something really exciting about negative painting. It's like doing an acrylic painting backwards. It's a bit tedious and requires a lot of care, as you can tell by my jagged edges. Some of the heart shapes no longer look like hearts. I did a little practice using photos of bokeh. It's a bit more challenging than I'd thought.
Speaking of art journals and sketchbooks, some of the journals in the shop are taking holiday trips this year! The value of the Canadian dollar has taken such a sharp dive lately, and I'm sure it's related. If you live in another country, you could really clean up at a time like this. If you've been eyeing something in the shop for a while, now is the time. It's like a huge sale during which we can BOTH benefit! :D
Here's the second watercolour art journal. I used both a matte and a gloss medium to finish this! A shiny, textured pool of blue against a quick pen sketch of some branches. This book is available here.
I haven't done art journals for a while, for two reasons:
A) They are not priced for profit as it is, but the price of the Stonehenge paper kept increasing
B) I only started making them to show at craft fairs and shipping causes a bit of sticker shock I think
So when I went on my adventure to make myself some kind of new journal, I purchased some watercolour sheets that were on sale because the texture of the paper was irresistable! It's Hunt Academic watercolour paper in a sort of a creamy colour. If I ever finish the new journal (more pages! Ack!), I'm taking either this one or the next one if they're still in shop!
I'm always just a little sad when I use up the last of the journal supplies. Butterflies, the old standby. We're not even deep into winter yet, when I start fantasizing about what late spring will be like. I'm sure I'll spend much of it in a journal like this.
I was tidying up my deskspace and found enough leftover chipboard for two new journals! So I ran across the street and selected some gorgeous grey papers this time. I also wanted a bit of the old spray ink through the lace look.
Above is the journal I made while giving a private workshop this weekend, which is now available here.
But what is very new and interesting is a small set of super duper little art journals listed below. Have you figured out what is new and fun about them?
They're filled with a RAINBOW of Fabriano papers! I went to the supply store to get my huge wall of chipboard and the Fabriano display caught my eye. To my delight, they were nearly as heavy as my usual Stonehenge and so I had to grab some.
The journals are slightly smaller by about an inch on both sides (because the paper is smaller) so they look like kid sister versions of my regular joes. Very cute, very super duper colourful.
Look at the colours! Aaahhh! I think these would be pretty fun for pencil sketch journalers, collage artists or just plain written diaries (I had one of those in rainbow and it was pretty fantastic). Great for "Smashing" as well, or for any of us who can't put down their white spray inks!
The violet paper got a bit of a "fading" during its stay at the art store and so it has subtle faded lines here and there. You can see it in the photo above. I'm pretty okay with that but some people aren't.
Get a rainbow journal here.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?