I thought it would be nice to do a bit of a 'Creative Showcase' of what I have been up to at the end of the month, a bit like a monthly review, but of my art journaling and creative makes, not just of my planners. So January...
Ahhhh January you little terror. It really does sneak up on you and then grabs you by the horns saying "I will make this the most miserable month". That said and in-spite of having the flu and working ridiculous hours for the school production I am directing (Wizard of Oz), I have managed some downtime to create a little bit.
Finally I have filmed a flip through of my Travelers Notebook EDC (Every Day Carry) planner in my Uglydori, so you can see how my planning has been developing. Don't forget to subscribe if you haven't already.
Thanks for reading the blog and for your continued support,
Love Kerry xx
RUBBING ALCOHOL & WATERCOLOUR:
Finally you may wish to try adding rubbing alcohol. (Don't do this with the children). I used a 70% alcohol one. Carefully pour a drop or two into the lid and drip a few drops onto the page. Be very careful and always have something protecting your desk or work area. You can do it this way or use a pipette or cotton bud to drip the alcohol. The effect this creates is stunning and it will keep burning through the watercolour until it is fully dry, so make sure there is nothing flammable near by. Rubbing alcohol can be used to create a variety of effects in paint and there are several tutorials out there. If you missed how to create an alcohol ink spray paint be sure to have a read of tutorial 2 here.
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The third instalment in the Art Journaling Mini Series is all about scraping and rolling acrylic paint to create different effects for your mixed media backgrounds and art/creative journals. These techniques are so easy to achieve they could also be done with your children.
PART TWO IN THE ART JOURNALING MINI SERIES
So today's offering in the art journaling series is all about art techniques and tutorials to get you started in your creative art journal. I will look at using distress inks with make up sponges, adding salt to create effects in watercolour, adding talc to thicken acrylic paint and how to make your own spray inks/paint. Equipment needed if applying all of the techniques: Watercolour Paint, Acrylic Paint, Salt, An Ink Pad of your choice, A Paintbrush, Watercolour Brush (not a necessity), Rubbing Alcohol (Ideally 90% - I used 70% but it isn't quite strong enough) and Talc. View Part 1 here.
Please note the final piece in the video is not a finished product, I wasn't creating anything in particular, just using the pages to show you the techniques, they don't all need to be applied at once.
ADDING TALC TO ACRYLIC PAINT
Next I chose an acrylic paint and mixed it with talcum powder. Baby powder is actually better than the one I used. Add a fair amount the the acrylic paint with a bit of water in order to thicken up the paint. You could also do a similar technique by mixing it with a thicker matte medium or heavy matte medium.
MAKE YOUR OWN SPRAY INKS
Finally you could make your own spray inks using a small spray travel bottle (you can pick these up from the Poundshop). Add just less than a quarter of water, add around 2-3 squeezes of acrylic paint and add a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Shake well for around 3 minutes. Test the spray first on some scrap paper as it can be clumpy when you first spray.
So there you have it, a few simple techniques to get you started (make sure you watch the video for a visual tutorial). I can't wait to see what you create - use the hashtag #Kerrymaymakesartshare on twitter and Instagram - thank you so much for reading
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Hi I'm Kerry a UK drama teacher and planner, art, craft, smash book and journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and have look around my collection of random musings, tutorials and crafty makes.