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.
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Polymer clay mosaic art is one of the crafts I never get tired of making. Polymer clay is incredibly versatile as it can be used in jewelry and sculpture, but I mostly stick with the mosaic tiles.
I have made these kinds of boxes and frames for years and they evolve as I come up with new ideas. At one point I incorporated recycled Christmas heart ornaments into the art. Lots of mixed media in this old piece and the altered heart ornament is in the middle.
I also used to embellish paintings with mosaic tiles in the past.
The veil is actual lace that I stiffened with Mod Podge. The face is made with a polymer clay mold and the dress is covered with tiles.
I have made many boxes and continue to do so. My etsy shop Earth and Faery is full of them. 🙂
This older box has a dragonfly charm attached to it.
The items below are later creations. I have started making mermaids in frames. When I compare my contemporary work with old pieces, I notice a more cohesive design. Perfection was never my goal though, and cutting straight lines in the clay is still difficult. 🙂
My most popular how-to video on YouTube is about painting mosaic tiles. You can check it out here.
It’s not hard to make tiles. It takes time and you have to be willing to follow through with the process to get the tiles you like. Then the fun begins–designing your boxes or frames.
If you’d like to find out how to make a box from beginning to end, you can purchase my self study how-to e-course. It’s a bargain at $23. Try a new thing today! 🙂
Have a wonderful, creative week.
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I had a discussion yesterday about art. Some days I paint perfectly recognizable art projects, like birds and things in nature (for example.)
Sometimes I make random art, which is so easy, but the pages don’t necessarily mean anything to me. The person I was talking to swore by random art.
It’s interesting because the art journal pages I don’t care much about get the most “likes” on Instagram and Facebook. Not that the likes matter much, but they are an indication of what speaks to the viewers.
People like random “loose” renderings. I feel very ambivalent about that kind of art. It doesn’t SAY anything to me. I like a good story or something recognizable.
Not that random stuff is ugly. Many times I’m drawn to the energy, and that’s enough.
To stretch myself I’m going to make art that doesn’t always sit well with me and see where it leads. If it’s easy, it flows, but there are no rules. Easy doesn’t mean fulfilling.
I do like abstracts as long as they draw me in. I’m very ambivalent about my own art at this point. These art journal spreads have been painted, mostly, with a paint on a credit card edge. I like the texture, but I also like texture on house walls. 🙂
When is it decorative, and when is it art? Well, it doesn’t have to be labeled, but it’s an interesting question .
One time I painted walls that had a leather faux finish. It was a lot of fun experimentation to get it just right. In the end, it was a satisfying project. I wouldn’t call that art, but it needed skills.
The above spread was totally random painted with a credit card, except for the art picture that I glued on top. I can’t say that I like it, but it is what it is.
What is your opinion? What kind of art makes your breath catch in your throat and your eyes widen?
For me, I would say it’s some kind of mastery that shines through the art. I’ll never forget when I first saw some real Renoirs at the Met in New York. The light he had mastered! I’d say it was an awesome immersion experience.
As it is, we live one day at a time, and any creative endeavor brings us closer to the heart of who we are. Each piece of art brings us closer to more deeply express the essence.
I aspire to inspire, one step at a time. 🙂 What about your art?
Lots of love,
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I have a giveaway on my blog today. It’s Day 29 of the 30 day blogging challenge and I have made it through so far. I’m celebrating by giving away this FUN ink blot art journal I made from a manila folder and some ink blot art. I made it today and figured it would be fun to give away. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind journal!
Here are some pictures and the video on how I made the journal. You can enter the giveaway or you can make your own journal. 🙂
An idea for you how the pages look. I added a bunch of blank card stock pages as well to fill out the journal. Here is the video how-to.
I have a fun tutorial to share today on how to make an art journal with a manila folder cover.
The pictures are not the greatest, but I had only artificial light when I took them. I wanted to show the step by step process.
Now for the tutorial…
I started with a used manila folder and blacked out the text on the tab. I used a liberal amount of Mod-Podge to glue the folder together, being careful that the edges stuck well. I still ended up with some air bubbles once it dried. Grrr.
I used a strip of washi tape over the uneven edges and glued down some white cardboard to reinforce the tab. I made sure to lay down a strip of glue to hold down the washi tape forever, lol.
I folded the manila folder in half, using a bone folder to really press down the crease hard once the Mod-Podge had dried. This was before the washi tape obviously…
I cut the white cardboard to the shape of the tab and now had a very sturdy tab.
I now laid the folder flat on my table and spread out a layer of paint…
I spread some paint on the back of the folder. I like the shabby uneven look.
I used several layers of paint, mostly spread with an old gift card. Both sides are similar, just a slight difference in the colors.
I painted the tab purple and wrote the words “Good Dreams” on it. I stamped the front cover with the word Imagine, and there is plenty of space for embellishment. The back cover has only paint on it, so there is plenty of room for creativity.
I cut out some paper stars to cover the air bubbles on the inside cover and stamped some inspirational words.
I used card stock paper for the signature. There are 24 empty pages to embellish when all is said and done. They are a bit narrow, but that’s the shape of the folder. Card stock is not as durable as watercolor paper, but you can certainly use wet medium and paints on it. I used card stock in various colors.
I tried to get a picture of the various papers, but it didn’t turn out great. There are two sheets of green, two yellow, and two manila colored. I thought it was fun to add varied colors.
The inside front cover adjoins a green paper…
And another close up of the back inside cover. The picture is pinkish, and I blame my camera for that.
What do you think? I really enjoyed the project and I can’t wait to embellish the pages. It’s a good size for traveling too.
What are you working on now?
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