I made a new art journal to paint portraits and use some of my new stamps in. It’s made from red rosin paper which I’ve used before here, here & here. It comes from the hardware store in a humongous 500ft roll for around $12. Mostly I use it to protect my table and floor when I’m being messy, but it’s even more fun to paint on and use it as canvas.
I cut eight big sheets of it, 18×10 inches, and folded them in half to make a booklet of 32 front and back pages. Each sheet was painted with a thin layer of gesso, with more colorful layers of acrylic paint added on top, for strength and durability. Then I used the Coptic stitch to bind all the pages together.
Now, I have loads of pages ready to go when I want to practice painting more faces and people. It’s much less pressure to practice in a journal, than on a fresh canvas or wood panel.
I also picked up some books at the library for more journal making inspiration. Fun, fun!