Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I know it's time to art journal. It helps me clear my head and focus. This year, I am making a conscious effort to find my artistic style and voice. There are many artists that I admire and whose work inspires me but I want to make art that feels like me. And that brings me to the art journal I made this week.
This page was very easy to make. It started with a coat of gesso that I spread on my a sheet of paper I tore from my Dylusions journal.When the gesso was dry, I brushed some water onto the page and added drops of India Ink. (Colors used: teal, green, magenta, turquoise and cherry)
I tipped the page around to get the ink to flow and then set it aside to dry.
I repeated the process for each layer - always setting it aside dry in between so the colors did not blend. As I mentioned last time, I am taking my time making pages. I'm not trying to bang out a page at each sitting. I'm just following the process. It's very interesting.
When all the layers were dry, I was able to fit the paper in my vintage typewriter. To make sure all the ink was dry, I waited overnight. No way am I messing up my typewriter because I'm impatient. Then, I added some journaling about finding my voice.
Finally, I added some black dots and small doodles and some white ink splats.
Maybe finding my voice and my style is more about the journey than the destination. Maybe it's all about listening to your heart and making art that you love. Maybe constantly experimenting and see what happens is my style. There's only one way to find out.
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