Creating texture is easier than you think. Here is a picture tutorial I made using only paint to make some texture for the background on this art journal page.
I used these tools:
Paint, an old credit card, hair pick, wall texture dodad, nib of a pencil, baby wipes or tissues.
This is the end result.
This is how I made it:
I had no plan for this page other than creating texture. First, I took some unbleached white and spread it liberally on the page. I used the edge of a credit card to make some grooves in the paint.Then I used a pencil to dig more marks into the paint.
After that I used a hair pick to get some thinner grooves.
On top of that I used a dodad from the paint store and made some wider grooves. You need to wet the paint to make it pliable.
After that I used the corner of the credit card to slice some smaller grooves sideways over the others.
Now I let it dry, and then I chose a green paint to rub over part of the surface with a tissue.
As you can see, it’s kind of messy and the green covers more the top than the bottoms of the grooves. I took some dark umber on a stiff brush to dig the paint down into the grooves.
Now you can see the grooves well, so the rule is, use dark colors to enhance the grooves if they are important to the project.
Then I decided to add some red paint, which I smeared around with a tissue.
The grooves at the top of the page are not as deep, but it makes for a good contrast. (The white spots is sunlight through the blinds in the window.)
Close up of all the grooves when the paint was laid down. I did add some red paint to the depth of the grooves.
To soften the effect I added more of the original unbleached white over the other colors. Applied carefully so it wouldn’t get into the grooves.
Then I saw a face and decided to enhance that with markers and more paint.
The black marker was pretty harsh so I softened that a bit. I also used a Crayola brown to draw the contours. I softened the effect with my fingertip.
I then gave her a blue top and you can see the markings I made on that and on the pink background that I added.
The girl with the flaming hair was born!
How do you like to apply texture to paper?
Here is another blog post of a painting with mixed media and lots of texture, What Jane Wanted.
Try some texture in your art today! Easy peasy.
P.S. Looking for a unique Valentine’s gift? I have some mosaic heart plaques in my etsy shop, ready to go. Earth and Faery.
Color basics came to me as I mixed colors and saw the results. I never took any classes in color combinations, but I can see how the need is there for someone just starting out.
I went to YouTube to investigate and found several tutorials on how to mix paints. I didn’t feel like making my own, so here is one video by Kelly Eddington Watercolors. It’s a good one! Check it out if you’re unsure how to mix paints.
I recommend using scrap paper and experimenting with your primary colors. Mix them up and see what happens on paper! Practice until you understand the basic combinations and variations.
You can’t mess it up!
I was busy this week doing some art journaling, using paper I created for my online course Life’s Song. It is all about making your own papers from scratch, well, not the paper itself, but the altering and embellishment. I had lots of fun with the papers that resulted, and I will make some more. They become more authentic than the paper you buy in the stores. Take a peek.
The burnt paper became a face. I teach how to make that kind of paper in Life’s Song. Added embellishment from magazines and other papers, like the star tissue paper on the right. A gift from a friend on Christmas.
It’s all about balance and fearlessly charging into the unknown. It can be scary!
Gratitude has been a big focus in my life lately. Every day, every breath is a reason to be grateful. I feel I live in a magical universe despite the craziness going on in the world right now.
Humans need to wake up and smell the roses!
As artists we can inspire.
It has been a good week and I look forward to my next foray into art journaling…
Now I have to go and clean the bathroom…
Have a great, creative weekend, all!
Lots of love,
P.S. Life’s Song is a great way to create unique art. Check it out! Very affordable too Here is another blog post I wrote about paper, Paper Madness.
Long journey of art is what you do in life as an artist. So many things change, but expression is something that calls from within. Have you felt the call but also the resistance?
It’s in human nature to procrastinate even though we know better. But you’d better begin because the journey is long as I said, yet, you can make a piece of art today!
I have gone through many incarnations as an artist in this lifetime.
I copied pictures from magazines, had a stint as a primitive country artist, a longer stint as an abstract painter, mosaic artist, many years of art journaling and mixed media. I still do that, but I also feel a pull towards something new, which can only be a deeper expression of who I am. I don’t want to copy or do a particular style any more.
I had a lovely chat with local artist and friend Joanna Mazurek
She went the traditional way of attending several art schools, and then left it all behind after twenty years as an artist. But, once an artist, always an artist…
I love to hear other artists’ perspective and get inspired by their inner drive to express themselves.
You need to express yourself. What else is there? As you go deeper into the art, you also go deeper into yourself.
If you’re expression is something else, go explore it.
The pull to express yourself is your God-given gift to share with the world and with yourself.
Take the long view. You don’t have to be a sprinter. There is no competition or anyone standing over you with a stop watch.
We live life like that, rushing from one thing to another, and I have come to understand it’s so wrong. I spent so many years living other people’s dreams.
Even tiny baby steps towards expressing yourself is worth weeks of conditioned living. You can’t measure the impact on a grander scale, but the impact can be great.
A tiny flame starts a forest fire. The more tiny steps into exploration become a great sucking pull to express wildly, freely, and happily.
It’s worth finding your life. Find the mystery!
It’s also necessary to go through the “ugly” stages to get to a place in the process where you look at your art in wonder. It takes courage.
I will probably make art for the rest of my life, but as in the past, there has been ebb and flow.
The meandering long journey of art, oh how you challenge me, but I do love you! 🙂
Honoring the oneness of everything is what artists do when we create out of nothing.
More often than not the mind tries to figure out “what to paint.” A wave of images from books and other artists flow through the mind, and there is EXPECTATION.
Gotta paint a face as good as the other artist’s face rendering. But that is not creating from nothing.
What if you sit or stand in your art area and don’t have a clue what to do next. That is creating from nothing. It can be scary and boring.
Actually, I sat down at my computer to write this post and I didn’t have a clue what to write, but I trusted that something would come. I centered myself in meditation, noticing all the images flying through my mind and settled on a journal I made. Writing always flows easily to me and I trust it.
The idea of creating from nothing intrigues me and I have a lot of curiosity about diving deeply into the art.
What if it didn’t matter
that the art turned out like crap (every day)?
that all you could manage was two pink dots?
that you felt like actually destroying the page?
that you struggled and had nothing inside?
that people would not take you seriously?
that you doubted yourself 100% but still showed up?
that you felt like you wouldn’t get anywhere with your art–ever?
It all comes down to trusting the process. If you feel like putting down one pink dot on the paper, do it. Feel within what paint you might like next and go for it. Slap it on, splatter it, wipe it into a brown mess, stab it with pencils, yell at it, add some collage, hate everything that comes out, but then…
Something happens. A spark, a clarity of sorts, a direct connection within that sets you on the track to something unexpected and beautiful.
It is effortless at this point and you will always love what comes out even if it seems weird (and wonderful.)
Convention is hard to crack. We don’t want to ruin the pristine look of our expensive art journal pages, etcetera.
I watched a video by an artist who took cheap composition books and made them into art journals. One interesting part was to crunch up every sheet of paper inside. She pointed out we’re connected to everything in life and the paper had once been a tree. By crunching it up she released the energy of the tree and set it free. I loved that idea. It set the paper on a whole new course.
Also, everything we touch is imprinted with our energy. When we make a journal, it’s truly imprinted with our own DNA, and it makes us own our art on a deeper level.
It was a lot of fun to make the journal and there is no preciousness about it. I can paint ugly all the way. It’s about diving deep and getting some answers through art. No one needs to see the art and judge it.