artJOURNALING daily prompt no. 2
it's time to make marks & add color to the page...let's start with circles!
gather tools...look for circles around you. in your kitchen, on your studio table or things you can cut. what can you use as an alternative painting tool? some of my favorites..empty thread spools, circular needlepoint canvas, binder rings, buttons, bobbins, coasters, top & bottoms of paint bottles, jar caps, plastic water bottles all have different bottoms which make fun prints, sequin waste, paint daubers, fun foam stamps and stencils like Tim Holtz grunge board (i use the board as stamps & stencils) and silk flowers taken apart for the petals.
here are some fun jumpstarts...
background paper: rosin paper. stamp with gesso..paint a flower stencil & print. dip the top of a plastic souffle cup into gesso & print. add paint to a circle stamp with a contrast color & repeat the stamp pattern.
the turquoise print is from a cricut embossing plate, which I use as a stamp. stamp & let dry. add a contrast color wash. stamp circles with gesso or white paint.
background paper: newsprint. apply paint to paper with freezer paper or acrylic sheet, let dry. place needlepoint canvas under paper and rub with oil pastels, crayons or shiva sticks.
background paper: recycle copy paper. paint a quick wash of circles with different colors loaded on a brush. let dry. scribble circles with Tulip Slick dimensional paint on freezer paper, turn painted freezer paper onto page and press to make a print. repeat.
background: drill cloth. spray paint through circular stencils. doodle over the top with fabric markers or sharpies. take a rubbing of sequin waste with contrast color oil pastel.
challenge yourself to spend only 20 minutes painting a variety of backgrounds. in your journal and on separate sheets of paper. work fast without stopping and thinking about where to place the next mark. here's a tip..work on multiple pages at once..a few stamps on a journal page, while it's drying paint a few separate sheets of paper. working on multiple pieces helps keep your creativity flowing and it allows the layers of paint to dry so you don't end up with "muddy" brown and prevents overworking a page. remember these are backgrounds for your journal or sketchbook, so leave some space for writing and collage. the painted pieces can be used for collage too!