School

School has started back. I’ve only got two classes so I’m not that busy but somehow I find that I don’t have much to say. I’ll post a recent journal page later though, because it turned out really cool. 

Disney Inspired Collage

I found a deck of Disney Princess cards I bought years ago and it inspired me to do a Beauty and the Beast inspired collage.

I really love how it turned out (I think it’s the best thing I’ve made so far, actually), so I hope y’all like it too.

My first canvas

I did a painting on canvas for the first time today! I’m so proud of myself. I was kind of afraid to paint on canvas because, compared to a journal, canvas is expensive. But I found a 2 pack of 8×10 canvases at walmart for cheap and have been painting enough in my art journal that I felt like I could paint something I would like.

Art journal whining

Experimented with my lace doilies for a background for a journal page. The results were fairly disappointing. A paintbrush doesn’t work very well, and neither does my paint roller. A makeup sponge works pretty well though. And the lace doilies don’t work well at all, but the larger ones are better.

I used a heavy body acrylic for the first time, and I’m not sure I like it either, so I may not buy anymore of them. I think I’m getting kind of spoiled by the better quality paint I’ve been buying because I used some cheap craft paint for a background for a page and I’m utterly underwhelmed by how thin the paint is and also how much paint it took to cover the paper.

I’m finding that one has to strike a fine balance. Watching art journaling and mixed media technique videos on youtube can be inspiring, but it can also be intimidating. It can show me techniques and make me want to try things I’ve never even thought of before, but looking at other people’s amazing art has a tendency to make me too critical of mine, I think. Tonight it just feels like nothing is going right.