It was about this time last year that I was posting about trying something new! That something new was the mixed media course Life Book. Now while I only managed to complete about a quarter of the lessons (life and time restrictions always seem to get in the way) I did thoroughly enjoy all of the ones that I tried and I have learnt so very much about just letting go, having fun and not worrying too much about the finished piece (after all you can always gesso over it), not to mention new (to me) types of media and techniques!
I however have not managed to get over my fear of colour, So this years challenge is to use ALL the colours! I have started on this mission by creating an art journal using all the techniques I have learnt from Life Book….
And the first thing I am doing is adding colour to each and every page!
My journal has been made out of an old and very tatty childrens book I found in a charity shop that was just the perfect size. I started by adding thickness to the pages by gluing every other page together, there are lots of tutorials on youtube on how to recycle old books into art journals if you are unsure how to do this, but me being me I just jumped right in with a paint brush in one hand and a tub of gel matt medium in the other making it up as I go along!
I then added layers of texture and pattern by gluing in pieces of pretty paper, cut outs and on some pages recipes and tickets from special places we have been, next a light layer of gesso was added with a roller and then my favourite art medium discovery of last year…. Neocolor II water-soluble pastels were scribbled all over the page and then I went to work with a wet paint brush spreading the colour and dabbing it off again with a tissue until I was happy with the effect.
I used the same process (minus the paper layers) on the cover of the book I then added a bit of gold sparkle splattered over the front and painted on the edges and sealed it with some clear varnish for a lovely sheen. I will more then likely keep adding to the cover but first to fill the inner pages. I have managed to complete half the book so far and have an idea of what I will be adding for my January pages (watch this space)….
I have even managed to use red, orange and yellow on a couple of pages (by far the hardest colour for me to work with) but I do have to keep reminding myself that not every page can be blue and green (the colours I am always drawn to). I have a feeling my (already huge) book collection may well be growing quiet a lot this year as I am having so much fun, making and playing with new ideas!