“Life is a desire” Art journal page. Project for a month:face 26.

Today I actually will show you “before” and “after” images to demonstrate how I did “find” the face on the pre painted (with acrylics) background. The darkest spot on the left top corner looks like a Charlie Chaplin’s hat! I just used black paint and a liner brush to make a simple sketch of the Charlie Chaplin’s portrait. This is actually my primarily method of sketching, I do not use a pencil, seldom – charcoal. More often I sketch with the acrylic paint. Any imperfections or mistakes can be painted over, which is impossible to do with watercolors, for example. That is why I find acrylics as more forgiving and convenient for the art journaling.So here is the page “before”:
face 26 found
And here is the same page “after”:face 26

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Recent painting. Waterfall in October.

Original acrylic painting of local waterfall on cotton.waterfall

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Progect for a month “Find a face” : face 25.

How about one scary face for a change? “Fear of clowns” (Coulrophobia) Art journal page:face 25

There are 5 more days of June left and 5 more faces to “find”.

REMINDER! For the project of the Month I have a giveaway art sample offer (visit Giveaway page for details).

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Art journal page “Believe nothing”. Project for a month “Find a face”: face 24.

face 24

This page really happened itself; I didn’t have to look for inspiration. I knew, it will be something with Zen theme. Background had some random colors of white, golden, black, blue, magenta, and some stamped images. The Buddha face was “found” and painted with acrylics, the quote by Buddha was added with StazOn ink.

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Art journal page”Find your Eternity in each moment”. Project for a month “Find a face”:face 23.

Face 23

This Art Journal page is inspired by the quote “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment”(Henry David Thoreau). Young children don’t think about past or future, they teach us how to live IN THE MOMENT.

Materials and supplies I used to create this page:

cotton fabric, paper(butterfly cut out),Gloss super heavy gel, Flexible modeling paste, acrylic paint, Magic paint Crème, stencils.

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Art journal page “Don’t be afraid to cry”. Project for a month, face 22.

face 22

Currently I am reading, exploring the history and culture on the local Native American tribes (Spokane, Nez Perce, and others). So many heart breaking stories! I wanted to have a page in my Art journal devoted to Native American wisdom.

I have found one page in my Journal with the busiest background (painted and collaged) and painted the face with black and white acrylics. I like the contrast between colorful background and monochromatic portrait painting.

 

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Art journalpage. Project for a month, face 21.

face 21Today’s page is inspired by the quote and famous painting “Woman in a shawl ” ( Pablo Picasso). All visual layers are done with acrylic paint.

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Art journal page “Enlightenment”.Face # 20 for “Find a face” Project for a month.

face 20

This page was already “loaded” with colors and textures. If you have read my older posts, you know that my current Art journal is a Junk journal. Before I put it together each page was already painted, collaged, etc. I used Golden heavy gel (my favorite medium for collaging) to adhere variety of papers and cotton fabric to the page. This time I have “found” the obvious face in profile waiting for me in the background. I just had to squint, look at the page from the distance, and the shape of the profile was there.

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Art journal page “Sometimes I wonder”.Face #19 Project for a month “Find a face”

face 19Acrylic painting with collage element.The face was “found” intuitively in the painted background.

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“Find a face” #18. Project for a month. Torn telephone book pages collage.

face 18

For the current page I decided to use a special technique: torn telephone book pages collage. Telephone book paper is absorbent and I often use it for messy projects. Recently I made alcohol inks, using telephone book as my work surface cover. I ended up with alcohol ink colored pages.

I collaged and painted the background first, then sketched the face with ruff lines. Then I collaged the face and framed it in hair painted with acrylics.

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