Journal Pages

I spent most of yesterday afternoon in my studio. I say “studio” rather lightly because my little basement room doesn’t look like some of the studios I see on other blogs. 😀  That’s fine with me, I’m thankful to have a place to  do my art.  I moved everything down there because the dining table was covered most of the time and I’m trying to keep everything in one place.  

I started a piece on a canvas yesterday…I do not like it and I will probably end up painting over it and trying again.  I finished two pages in my Strathmore art journal.  The first page started with a magazine page that I altered with Citra-Solv.  I glued it down first,  then glued a face  from Gas-House McGinty book pages.  I used some additional doodling pieces to complete the page. I used Caran d-Ache water-based crayons, gesso,  and acrylic paint to embellish the face.  Finally, I used a tiny paintbrush with black ink to tie it together. 

The next page is one that I did quickly with charcoal pencil, tinted charcoal pencil and a Derwent sketching (Dark Wash, 8B) pencil. I tried a wash with some orange and yellow acrylic paints.  I liked it better without the color but I couldn’t leave it alone 😦   I also used another pen on the hair….I don’t remember the name of it.

6 thoughts on “Journal Pages

  1. spilledinkguy December 8, 2011 / 1:30 pm

    Wonderful pieces (as always), Mary!
    I know what you mean… my ‘studio’ takes over our table, too (it takes me almost half an hour just to get it set up and put things away again). But it sure beats not having any space at all (tried that for a while, too – not fun)!!!


  2. Emelie December 8, 2011 / 9:15 pm

    These are so beautiful and the purple tones just seem to grab a person right into the painting.


  3. Andria December 10, 2011 / 8:26 am

    Beautiful pages…thanks for sharing your techniques, since it helps me notice the details.


  4. Janet December 10, 2011 / 4:27 pm

    I’m really late getting by. Too much to do right now and not enough time for it all.

    The faces look great!


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