Art Journal Page: Music

A bit of a rushed page as I have the lurgy, or rather, had. I'm feeling loads better, even if a little light on the energy front. 

I've joined the Facebook Group, The Junk Journals and their challenge for last week was to use the three colours - Pink, Turquoise and Brown, along with the theme, Music.

I doodled some swirls in pencil and painted the blocks with pink & turquoise acrylic paints. I drew a metronome, coloured it with watercolours, cut out and attached. And that's how it stayed for a few days. 

Deadlines were looming for the challenge (and incidentally, missed) so I cracked on with adding the words and a heap of doodles using paint pens.

The inspiration for the words is the Mancunian DJ and fellow old fart, Mark Radcliffe. In his autobiography, Showbusiness (which, if you can get your hands on the audiotapes, is funnier to listen to than read). He remembers listening to music as a teen, such as Bowie, whilst his parents were appalled by it all. I know my tastes in new romantic, goth and indie bands had my own shaking their heads in disbelief. And that's how it should be. I'm the generation that shouldn't understand the music of today. If I'm not shaking my head and telling youngsters that it was much better in my day, then they're listening to the wrong stuff.

It's a rite of passage to enjoy the kind of music adults hate.

And I'm aware of the timing of this post. I made this before the dreadful events just down the road from here in the city of Manchester. As I write, the details of who carried out this appalling act and why are unknown. I may not enjoy the music of Arianna Grande and why would I? It's not for my generation. But my heart breaks that the youth of today, went out to see their own musical hero, only to be caught up in unfathomable tragedy. 

It puts life into perspective at these solemn times. 

There's a new challenge up on Junk Journals, this week, a triadic colour scheme and the theme of 'Change', so I'm hoping to feel well enough to join in properly. 

Enjoy your week and hug those you love

P xx

ArtJournalPage: The Invitation

I made a darker page than normal in my art journal. I wanted it to have a more sinister undertone. Influenced by a film I watched on Netflix, over the weekend, of the same name. 

I also wanted to experiment with bright pink on a dark grey background. So with all these thoughts in my head, I went for it. I started by grabbing a light grey acrylic ink and sponging it onto the background. I then added black ink to the grey and sponged on some more. After several layers of sponging, I stamped a few images in another grey, to give some subtle texture. I was aiming for the look of a grunge wall.

I drew the balloon head guy, scanned him in to my computer and printed out. I coloured him in with watercolours then added detail with colour pencils. I stuck him in and added a grey shadow in pencil.

I took my podcast and wrote the journaling and added a dashed line for a border.

Fun to have a more graphic styled page again. Even if it shows up the flaws. Yes, if I was to do it again, the balloon guy would be dropped down a bit lower.  That's the genius of pages where more is more. It hides such visual problems lol

P x

Art Journal: Nothing Upstairs

Yes it may come as no surprise to anyone that there are days when I wake up and sit at my desk and find there's nothing going on upstairs. I turn to my brain for creative inspiration only to discover a 'Sorry Closed' sign up. There's nothing, nada!

As for the page, it started by printing out two of my doodle monsters with the intention of doing something different with each. Given the colours I used to paint them, I decided to ying and yang them with the backgrounds. All done in watercolour, using Primas Classic set.

The rest was all doodled over with Posca paint pens. 

It's a fun, cartoonish page. Something frothy and light to start off my new journal which is a small Dylusions one. Not sure, but I feel like going for a more arty touch for the next page. 

Until then, have a fun week

P xx


Art Journal Page: What Other People Think

By now you must have realised how much of a fan I am of drag race & Ru Paul. Even listening to his podcast means some quotes and wise words seep through into my brain. The above quote is one such aphorism.

It's his mantra especially when it comes to reading online comments. Good or Bad. Because to put yourself into the mindset of not paying heed to them, you need to be unaffected by either. And what other people think and write about you online or in person is rarely to do with you and is all about them. And it's none of your business :)

So to journal and keep this quote as a reminder to myself, I made a page.

The background was given a wash of acrylic Ink. I added a border using strips of Washi Tape a friend gifted to me. I printed out one of my Doodle Monsters and coloured in with watercolour and pencil. The quote and the squiggle were added with Posca paint pens.

And that, my friends, completes my journal. There are a few more pages, a mere handful if that, but the book is at it's limit. Anymore and it definitely won't close shut. So I am declaring it finished. And I may even do a video flip through of the whole thing. It's fascinating to see it as a whole rather than each individual page. 

In the meantime, I need to find me another book to start journalling in.

P xx

Art Journal Page: What is a B.I.T.C.H?

If you find that you are a person who is Being In Total Control of Him(her)self, then you are a bitch. Well according to Latrice Royale on Ru Paul's Drag Race.

I love a good (& bad) acronym. Drag (Dress Representing a Girl), Gay (Good as you), Naff (Normal as F*@$). As so does Ru Paul. Yes, I'm a fan of his charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. You get the idea.

And I absolutely fell for Latrice Royale when she was on Drag Race. Boy can she turn a phrase, that one and end it with the warmest, deepest laugh ever heard on this messed up planet. And she educated the world as to what a Bitch is. Gay culture does that so well. Takes a negative, turns it into a positive. It's our armour, our shield.

The page? Well its a wash of blue acrylic ink applied with a sponge brush. Then a border, cut out from more paper which was coloured in inks. The critter is a Doodle Monster from my #The100DayChallenge. So useful to have a batch of doodles to print out and play with. I coloured him in with watercolours and pencils. The journaling and doodles were all done with paint pens.

Can't believe my journal is nearly full. Only a few pages left. I love flicking through it. All that bold, bright colour. Makes me so happy. I'll have to decide soon whether I want to decorate the outside of my journal. Or leave it as is. Well, I don't have to decide quite yet :) I could delay working in the final pages haha

P x




Art Journal Page: I Dont Do The Beach

Yesterday, I posted a page I created, using a James Burke mermaid tute. Well, I decided the right hand side needed one too.

In contrast to the cold colours on the opposing page, this time I went for warmer ones. Maybe subconsciously this was influenced partially by the fact that it was grey, wet and cold outside here in the north of the UK. At least in my art, I could warm things up.

So I grabbed my orange and red acrylic paints and sloshed them around the page to create a background. I pencilled in my mermaid and used an opaque blue to paint within the shape. I took my trusty Posca pen, the Lime Green, and painted my mermaid base. With other paint pens, I added detail and the journaling. Finally, I added a rash of dashes with a broad tipped  red paint pen.

The border was added with a couple of brushes of yellow paint and a rough squiggle with a Dylusions paint pen.

Phew, that's mermaids out of my system for now I think! But who knows. The urge may strike again one day.

P x

Art Journal Page: Take The Plunge - a Mermaid Tute

I'm an avid fan and follower of a certain Mr James Burke. And amongst his many and varied talents, he has a penchant for drawing mermaids. So passionate is he for his water maidens, that he generously shared a youtube tutorial on how to sketch & paint them. I highly recommend you go and bookmark the video right this very instant! Go on! Of you you go.

Think you can't draw? Apparently neither can his husband, who draws along with James to prove how freakin easy it is. Think the above Mermaid is a bit too grotesque for your tastes? Don't worry. That's just my take on it. James shows you how to draw catwalk-worthy mermaids. 

Anyway, I've had this on my list of to dos for an age and finally got around to following James's instructions on one of my pages. I of course didn't want to copy his style out and out. My pen just wouldn't do it. I just had to try it in my own style. 

So with a background created with chalk paints from Paperartsy, I drew my mermaid first in pencil before attacking the page with my Posca markers.

I don't think this is the last mermaid i'll be drawing either. I have an idea in my head and it may well find itself plonked opposite this page on the right hand side of my journal. Well Easater is looking wet and miserable. Perfect for spending time in my journal.

P x

Art Journal Page: How's Your Head?

The other day I posted the left hand side of my art journal. I'd created a single page instead of a double. Well, on the right hand side, is this page.

It began as a couple of thick coats of Dylusions paint for the background. Then I scanned in one of my Doodle Monsters (sidebar: I'm joining in with #The100DayProject and my particular idea is to doodle a little monster every day for, guess what, 100 days - you can see them on my instagram account, click on the top right button to take you there).

Anyways, I printed it out and sloshed blue and green watercolour paints on it. When dry, I adhered it to my page. I doodled the border and added journaling, all with Posca paint pens. 

The quote is from Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. And if you are an Elvira fan, have seen the film, or watched Ru Paul's Drag Race, you will of course know the answer. No one has ever troubled me about my being cryptic here. In fact, I've had no complaints ;)

I'm loving the single page spreads now though. I don't know what will fill my next pages but I'm tempted to try more.

P x