Adding Layers in an Art Journal

Last week I created 5 backgrounds in my art journal which I will add a layer each to this week. Of course you can just create backgrounds and go back to them when you have an idea that suits one but I wanted to have continuity so the 5 pages will be created over a […]

5 Background Techniques to Play with

On my art journaling courses people often tell me that they don’t know where to start. The blank page can be intimidating … there is all this expectation that it heaps on you to create something worthy. Having great expectations for the outcome is no way to get the most out of art journaling. I’m […]

My Process – What is Layering?

In art layering means letting one application of paint dry before adding another. In some painting the layers are translucent, typically with watercolours but oils and acrylics can both be translucent, and so the layers beneath affect the colour of the outcome. In other painting opaque layers are used to obscure parts of the previous layers, for example when painting animal fur a dark layer may go down first followed by gradually lighter areas. In my painting I use translucent and opaque paints in my layering. In contrast some art is created in a single layer such as when working graphically. Think of colouring pages where areas of the painting are filled in, in one go.

Last Leaf Falls

Last time I was making leaf prints with a monoprinting technique. So this time I am using those prints in my Art Journal to make an Autumn themed spread. I like to work in layers in my art journal so I started off with a layer of Gelatos. Choosing the 3 Autumnal colours of gold, […]