Art Journal #2
I thought I would have had more pages this week which is why I split them into two posts. However I was only able to finish two more pages. I do have a few in progress though.
This journal spread is about the idea I have for NaNoWriMo inspired by Eastern State Penitentiary. Even though I now have an idea for NaNoWriMo I’m still not sure if I want to participate. I don’t feel focused for writing. I still have a few days left to decide.
I used my fingers to spread the paint in the background and to spread the india ink and paint around the photos. It was messy but fun.
Well since I already have several art journal pages and its only Tuesday I decided to post the ones I have so far. These pages were all in the journal I use to try new things. This week I received my order from Blick and I received some new things I haven’t played with before so I decided to try them out. I purchased Derwent Graphitint Pencils, Yasutomo Authentic Chinese Watercolors, Sakura Koi Watercolors in tubes, Black Cat India Ink in black, Dr. Martin’s Bombay India Ink, some Faber-Castell Pitt Pens, Copic Pens, Sanford Impact Gel Pens in gold, silver, red, black and blue and some miscellaneous little things. I also placed an order on Amazon for Royal & Langnickel Gouache Paint because the sets I wanted from Blick were out of stock.
Last weekend I visited Eastern State Penitentiary with the hubby. He got us the tickets as part of my anniversary gift. Eastern State Penitentiary is located in Philadelphia and was built in 1829. It was one of the first true penitentiaries which inspired penitence through solitary confinement, religion and work. The exterior has a gothic look while the halls were made to give the feel of a church. The inmates cells were concrete walls with a metal door and a wooden door and it contained a single skylight to make them feel like God was always watching them. Eastern State Penitentiary housed some well known criminals such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton. Eventually the prison was closed in 1971 and while the government tried to figure out what to do with it the structures fell into decay and nature started to take over and the yards and cellblocks filled with trees and other plant life. Twenty three years later the prison was opened up for tours and is known as a living ruin because no real significant restoration is being done except for stabilizing the deterioration and keeping areas safe for tours.
It was a fun experience hearing the history of Eastern State Penitentiary and walking through its decayed halls and cells. I definitely recommend it if you are ever in Philadelphia.
I took a lot of pictures while there and decided to use them in an art journal spread. I might even create another page or 2 next week. I would have done it this week but I ran out of time. You can view my pictures here.
I mostly worked on backgrounds this week because I was having fun creating them. I only have 5 pages left on the art journal I started in February. I’m looking forward to completing it. It will be the first one I will complete. Once all the pages are completed I will work on the cover. Once that is completed I will probably do a slideshow of the entire journal.
I did create one page this week in another journal. I failed to dry the letters after I painted them so when doing the next letter it smeared the previous. I fixed it as best I could.
Here are two of the backgrounds I created.