Art Journal #1
Last weekend, I started an art journal where each page has a different prompt for me to follow. I chose a blank sketchbook with heavy-duty paper and wrote a prompt out on each page. I've been pretty inspired by Wreck This Journal and Create This Book videos on YouTube, but I don't have the money (or patience) to order one on Amazon so here's my version. I thought I'd share the pages I made so far for an easy, simple blog post. This might be first non-fashion blog post, so let me know if you'd like to see some more art spreads like this in the future!
Here's the first in the book. The prompt I chose says, "all about your favourites." On the right are little doodles I did with coloured pencils of some things I like! When I draw with pencils, I always outline in pencil first, then colour in, go back and fix anything and finally outline with a thin black marker. It's essentially a Sharpie, but so much better since it doesn't have a toxic smell and won't bleed through the pages. Since they smudge, however I used packing tape to seal in. For the left page, I thought it would be cute to do a list on a clipboard of my favourite things that you can't exactly draw. I used gel pens to fill in the bubble letters, which took soooo long. Definitely worth it, though!
I love stickers, so I added some of my favourite ones here. The right page is totally empty, but I'll fill it out over time. I am very proud of my handwriting there, though. If only it was always that neat!
The third page is about making an alteration (something I do very often to my clothes.) Change the shape, colour, etc. of something. I decided to sketch several of the clothing and accessories I've sewed, but change the colours. My button-down skirt in the top-left corner looks so good! I wish it was really those colours. However, I prefer the originals of all the other pieces.
You can find some of the clothing here:
Doodling is a classic, dignified art form - no, I'm totally just kidding. However, it's very relaxing and never pressuring. I made a doodle page using my pastel markers (except for the yellow - it's very neon.) Never the less (what does that even mean?) this is one of the best pages I did so far. I think it's the perfect amount of cutesy and graphic.
I think this is such a good prompt. Here, the colour combinations are the hair and shirts. The girl on the bottom-right I like the most, obviously. I wish the orange girl's hair was a bit more bouncy and a bit less of a square, but I tried! I use watercolors for some change in art supply variety. I wasn't sure what to do on the left page, so I just tried to do a blendy rainbow background. It came out okay. I painted that on a separate piece of paper, and glued it in with my stub of a glue stick. My sister has named the girls since. The purple-hair is Violet, of course, and blue-haired is Allison. I don't remember the others.