Playful Art Journaling

Playful Art Journaling

Posted by DecoArt on Mar 6th 2018

As a passionate art journaler I just love playing in my art journal. This is when I begin with a blank page and have absolutely no idea where I’m going, but just allow myself to follow my instincts, experiment, and play. I think it is when and where the real learning takes place. I wanted to play a bit more with the DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics as these are still relatively new to me and the more you use your paints the more you get to really know them. I adore the bright colours!

The following steps may seem a little haphazard because they are! But the steps can really be done in any order, and you can always add more layers.

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Cover a journal page completely with white gesso, and when dry add patches of black gesso.  Take a small amount of Primary Magenta and also a small amount of Titanium White and brush patches of pink onto the page. When the paint is wet scribble or doodle into it with the tip of a pencil.

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Add some patches of Primary Yellow and some areas of Titanium White. The translucency of the paints allows you to overlap the colours a little. Scribble into the wet paint as before. Use your finger to add some polka dots of colour, and then use a white gel pen to add tiny dots. Take a fine black journaling pen and loosely journal in a light area of the page.

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Add patches of Cobalt Teal Hue mixed with a little Titanium White to add some opacity. To strengthen the depth of colour, allow this layer to dry and then dry brush a little of the Cobalt Teal Hue over the top. Also add some finger dots as before, and then begin to add a little doodling with a white gel pen as you go along. I find simple marks such as dots, circles and dotted lines work well.

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Add some touches of Vermillion Hue; it looks great over the yellow but also really pops when you add it over the pink. Sticking to the same colours, sponge contrasting colours through a stencil, and also add some colour to the areas of remaining black. Add some more doodling as you go along.

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Introduce a little stamping where you feel there are gaps. I used some tone-on-tone stamping with the blue, but also added some stamping in black.

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Continue to allow the page to build by sponging through a different stencil for a little variety. Also add some marks by ‘printing’ with a paintbrush, bottle lids and old credit cards. You can also splat some watered-down paint in black (if you’re feeling brave!)

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Add some collage images; three is often a good number as it is balanced without being too symmetrical or even. Add any more touches of doodling or journaling, and as a final step, add intensity to the colours with crayons or oil pastels.

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