This journey began on the 21st of March this year. The goal was to learn to paint by setting aside my fear of not being good enough. To show up once a week, enjoy the process and learn something new with every page. I gave myself permission to not to like each page but whether I liked it or not, no matter what happened, I had to finish it. Following along with Rae Missigman's 15 MINUTES OF MIXED MEDIA™ I looked forward to my early Saturday morning painting sessions. Yes, there were days of frustration - when I first used acrylic inks - and days of triumph - when I was able to draw and paint a vase of flowers free hand - and pages I hated - using glossy black page to cover up what I just painted.
This week I completed the journal, painting the last two pages and the cover.
|the completed page|
What I learned
- To get rid of the dreaded blank white page, put several dots of paint down then brayer over them - instant background!
- While she uses Dylusions spray ink in a waterbrush, I found I could use the plastic dip tube to place dots of ink where I want it then use a thin brush to paint in the area (note the yellow in the photo above).
|Using yellow spray ink to add a burst of color|
|The dark burgundy cover fell off from the stress of so much paint|
|Covered with gesso and allowed to dry over night|
What I learned from this journey
- I can paint even though it is not in the traditional sense.
- Rae taught me that it is okay to not like a page. Keep it and move on. Before I would have thrown it out or painted over it.
- to accept my handwriting (BIG step!)
- The most important: No matter what the project, even its for play or leftover paint, use a best journal you can afford! You never know what will happen while creating. Something fabulous may come out of it and you don't want it to be on cheap paper.
- I do not like black paint on my page!
- Have a journal handy to spread left over paint and ink in then use those pages as a starting point to paint
- Techniques I learned:
- Spread leftover paint out on deli paper to use like a gelli print.
- Cutting out scraps of paper and gluing them down on a page adds texture and an element to paint around.
- Use a Stabilo pencil then go over it with a water brush
- use paint on a stamp and accept that the paint will blur the image somewhat
- Use a white gel pen to outline or circle something to make it stand out
- Drip acrylic ink down a page
- mark making
- use the hard end of a paint brush to scratch designs through wet paint
- stamp an image using permanent ink them paint it in to add color
- New supplies I learned to use:
- Stabilo pencils
- acrylic ink
- fine tip waterbrush filled with India ink (my favorite)
- Paper Mates 1.3mm mechanical pencils
- Elmer's paint markers (love - hate relationship with these: love them when they work, hate them when they don't)
- Dylusions paint and Dina Wakley heavy body acrylic paint