If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that my word for the year is Create.
This is the very first art journal spread I created this year, to remind me of my word whenever I open my journal.
And since the word is create, it’s only fair that I tell you how you can create a similar piece, isn’t it?
It’s quite straightforward, and a lot of fun!
Pull out 2-3 of your favorite colors (keep them either warm or cool) plus one contrasting color to add some pop. Gather together some collage pieces – old book pages, images from magazines, color swatches – and stencils and stamps. Now, start randomly gluing down your collage pieces using matte medium. Don’t overthink this step. Just have fun.
Once your glue is dry, add paint! Color block, drip paint, draw swirls, stamp, stencil. Again, have fun, you really can’t go wrong with this.
Now think of what you want your focal element to be – mine is a heart. Draw three hearts of varying sizes on a scrap piece of paper and cut them out. These are your templates.
Arrange these on your spread until you find a pleasing composition. For the main focal image, just draw around the template (I used a watercolor pencil) and fill the shape in with white gesso. Squeeze out a bit of your contrasting color on the palette (an old plastic lid works), dab some paint onto a sponge, and start dabbing the paint over and off your template – take a look at the pink and orange hearts on the top and bottom corners. This gives you a reverse image.
Now decorate your focal image as you see fit, write your word, and you’re done!
If you need more in-depth instructions, please download my ebook Art Journaling 101. It’s designed for complete beginners and will take you through this entire process in much greater depth.
This piece is available for purchase in my Cupick store.