Author's note: you will probably never see any of those cute and lovely art journal pages on this blog, my art journal is more sketchbook and test area than "art journal", I confine my journaling to writing for which I have a separate journal.
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Monday, Leslie announced two new free (yes, free) workshops. 'In the Sun' is guided by Natalie Malik the barista over at Awkward & Beautiful and 'Cult of Stuff' guided by Leslie.
If you have any hobby or interest that you have begun, you probably have experienced the overwhelming accumulation of stuff and not knowing what to do with it. Leslie is challenging us to experiment with our stuff' and see what happens.
So, week one is to identify something in that vast array of stuff that we have all accumulated and test, play, experiment with it in our art journals. For me this item is oil pastels. I bought them, used them once and into the drawer they went. I think part of the problem is all the dust that they create.
So, I pulled them out of the drawer, looked at them, looked at my journal, back at the pastels and I thought, hmmm - that watercolor ground from Daniel Smith might give them a good surface to adhere to. I brushed in on with a really coarse, cheap, wide brush which gave my surface a lot of texture, then I applied the pastels, blending some with my finger, leaving some as is - I then applied a coat of Golden Soft Gel (Gloss) with a broad palette knife.
Not sure if I'll add to the pages or not, like a said, they normal "art journal" stuff is not really me, but I kind of like the results so I decided to do some mail art, for MailArt365, using this technique. I think they turned out ok.