mountain hike

School starts on Wednesday, so we have been really packing it in, these last few days.  We headed up the mountain for some cooler weather, a lovely hike and some playing in a small creek. Then we got some of our favorite fudge for the drive home.

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journal page – Lady Guinevere

art journal page by Regina Lord

first layers of paint…

art journal page by Regina Lord

then more paint and some colored pencils to add highlights and depth.

art journal page by Regina Lord

I also added some gold and pearl Lumiere paint for some lovely sparkles.

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journal page – sideview

art journal page by Regina Lord

I find side views and quarter view the most challenging to do, which is why I try to do them a lot.

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journal page – girl and her monster doll

art journal page by Regina Lord

I saw a little girl today, clutching her little doll pretty fiercely. It was the inspiration for this journal page.

art journal page by Regina Lord

My favorite part is the monster dolls eyes.  I think he’s pretty cute.

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journal page – flowers in hair

art journal page by Regina Lord

One thing I love about painting in my journal is that is keeps my creative muscle in practice.  I really think it helps me fine tune my skills, plus I am able to squeeze in some painting time without making too much of an investment on a canvas or board.

art journal page by Regina Lord

I am also really loving layering color pencils onto acrylic paint.  I am able to focus on this effect in my journal before applying it onto a bigger painting.

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journal pages – sketching

 journal page - sketch by Regina Lord

Just a wee bit of time to do a little sketching in my journal today.

Pre-painted journal pages with stabilo pencil in white and black.

 journal page - sketch by Regina Lord

I almost want to keep these pages as is, but will probably still paint them. We’ll see.

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journal page – sparkle

journal page by regina lord

journal page by regina lord

I think this one might be my favorite.  As soon as I added that green around her eyes, I knew she was a mermaid and that she absolutely needed sparkles. So, out came the gold and pearl mica medium.

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journal page – Juliette

sketch

sketch

paint + pencil

art journal page by Regina Lord

I’m calling this one Juliette. Not sure why. She just looks like a Juliette to me.

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journal page – young Frida

art journal page - young frida by Regina Lord

Today I was inspired by a photograph of a young Frida Kahlo.

art journal page - young frida by Regina Lord

art journal page - young frida by Regina Lord

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Journal pages – aged beauty

aged beauty by Regina Lord

I only have 15 double pages or so left in my moleskine art journal. So, I am hoping to finally get this art journal filled with some portrait practice. I have found that I really like turning my journal longwise to do these.

aged beauty art journal pages by Regina Lord

I found a few images on Pinterest to inspire me. I love the silvery hair of the first one and the soulful and wise eyes of this second one.

Just a little over 2 weeks left before my kiddos are back in school. My art journal is the perfect place for small, quick art breaks, while trying to fill these last school-free days with fun memories and happy times with the kids.

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