Art Journal #2

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    Art Journal Pages for the Week Part 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.

    Created 10/23/2013
    Created using acrylic paint, India Ink, photo images, torn dictionary pages and white gel pen on notebook paper.


    Page 1
    Page 1


    Page 2
    Page 2


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    Art Journal Pages for the Week Part 1

    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.


    "Escape the Mundane"
    “Escape the Mundane”
    Created 10/19/2013
    Created using gelatos, masking tape and acrylic paint pen.


    "Not Listening"
    “Not Listening”
    Created on 10/19/2013
    Created using gelatos, gouache paint, torn dictionary pages and white gel pen.


    "Art Allows Me"
    “Art Allows Me”
    Created on 10/20/2013
    Created using crayons and distress inks.
    I wrote with the white crayon first and then I blended in the distress ink which allowed the white crayon to show through since the wax in the crayon resists the ink.


    "Question & Answers"
    “Question & Answers”
    Created 10/20/2013
    Created using gouache paint and gesso.
    I was trying to see how it would react on paper that had gesso and paper that didn’t. The right side has gesso.


    Created on 10/21/2013
    Created using acrylic paint, and india ink.


    Created 10/21/2013
    Created using gesso, arcylic paint, Yasutomo Authentic Chinese Watercolors, india ink and Derwent Graphitint Pencils.
    The pattern in the background was created by covering the page with gesso and then covering it with wax paper and then closing the journal. When it was dry I removed the wax paper and it left a pattern due to the wax paper and the journal paper becoming wrinkly when the gesso was wet. The pattern shows up really well with watercolors.
    The smaller hearts had graphitint in the middle but when I used the wet brush on them the india ink mixed with it because I forgot to let it dry so I covered them with acrylic paint.
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    Eastern State Penitentiary Art Journal Page

    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.

    The full spread.


    The first page with photos I took at the prison in old cardboard slide frames.


    The second page with the prison name and a picture of the prison. The picture I printed out from a google search.


    I did different things with the slide frames. For the first one I bent it several times before painting it and attaching my photo.


    For the second slide frame I painted it and then added mesh tape to the top.


    To achieve that look in the back ground I covered the pages in black gesso and then painted over it in blue tempera paint. I then took a paper towel and pressed it down on the pages; removing some of the blue tempera paint and leaving the pattern from the paper towel on the wet paint.
    To get the drips I mixed black acrylic paint with water and used a dropper to create the drips under the photos while I tilted the journal slightly. I’ve done this before on another page but I had used black spray ink. It was more transparent than the mixed acrylic paint and water. For this page I wanted something more opaque so I went with the acrylic paint and water.



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    Art Journal Page for the Week

    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.

    "Be Free"
    “Be Free”
    Created 7/19/2013

    Created using acrylic paint and gelatos on watercolor paper.


    Here are two of the backgrounds I created.