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.
first layers of paint…
then more paint and some colored pencils to add highlights and depth.
I also added some gold and pearl Lumiere paint for some lovely sparkles.
I find side views and quarter view the most challenging to do, which is why I try to do them a lot.
I saw a little girl today, clutching her little doll pretty fiercely. It was the inspiration for this journal page.
My favorite part is the monster dolls eyes. I think he’s pretty cute.
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.
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.
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.
I almost want to keep these pages as is, but will probably still paint them. We’ll see.
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.
paint + pencil
I’m calling this one Juliette. Not sure why. She just looks like a Juliette to me.
Today I was inspired by a photograph of a young Frida Kahlo.
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.
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.