One idea was inspired by my blog friend and wonderful artist, Lynne Hoppe. She works a lot in repurposed books and we were having a little email conversation about her methods. She does amazing paintings of faces and magical little figures in her books. During our conversation a kind of light went on. Why do I always feel like I have to collage over painted backgrounds, why not painting images?
|Unfinished(?) painting in my repurposed art journal|
My training and experience is in oil painting and I haven't done much painting with acrylics so it feels pretty awkward. But what better place to practice and experiment than in my art journal?
|repurposing an old art journal|
Here is pretty much how I am approaching the repurposing. I usually gesso over most of the page, leaving any bits that I like. After the gesso is dry, I add some matt medium over the exposed pieces so that the paint I add later doesn't soak into the writing or drawings.
I have been working in my square art journal as well. I am leaving pages unpainted for spontaneous drawings. I call them stream-of-consciousness drawings because I usually just start drawing, not knowing what I am going to draw.
I then went ahead and painted the background in around her and coloured her with inktense pencils. What do you think? Should I have left her just in black and white?
There is more journaling in process, but I might just leave you the photo I took of this poor magpie on our day at the beach. The magpie was okay, but it looked for a moment like he had a fight coming up over the bread crust we gave him.
|Ibis bully gang|
Don't the Ibis look like a gang of bullies?