Sunday, March 26, 2017


OK, are you beginning to see a pattern here?  Every page has a black horizontal line, collage and lots of paint spatters.  I do this for a reason.  The black line is my jump start to drawing on a blank page... the collage and paint spatters are added to provide continuity and visual interest.  If I don't know what to draw before I start a page, an idea will magically appear by the time I draw the black horizontal line and maybe a few colors and patterns.  My favorite saying is…put pen to paper and let the creative juices flow!  This is my way of letting my muse take control and sitting back to see what the page will reveal.

More pages in my "History collides with Art" Journal:

Oops!  The T-Shirts should say "She persisted" or "Nevertheless she persisted." Drat!!!  Maybe, I will insert the quotation marks before and after "She persisted" and be done with it.  I hate when that happens!

Just a note about how I drew the faces.  First, I always draw from a photo because it allows me, if needed, to use a grid system to help with the proportions.  Second, I lightly sketch the face in pencil on deli paper and keep working it until I feel happy with the likeness.  I consider this step a practice run and worry later about how I am going to transfer the faces to the journal page or canvas.  I will either cut and paste the pencil drawing onto the page or graphite the back of the drawing, trace and transfer to the page and then redraw in pencil or ink.

Why draw on deli paper in the first place you ask?  Because it is super easy to erase on deli paper using a kneaded eraser and the paper is so durable that it will allow erasing many times before it breaks down.  The watercolor paper in my journals will not allow this much abuse.  Sometimes, it takes many, many tries before I can get the likeness right.  Hopefully, I will get better with practice and won't need to depend on the eraser so much.

For this page, I decided that I didn't want to redraw the faces so I cut them out and glued the faces directly to the journal page.  This was done by coating both the back and front (in this sequence) of the drawing with Golden soft gel matte medium, letting it dry, and then gluing it to the page.  This method served my objective of sealing the pencil drawing and preventing the deli paper from wrinkling.

Thank you for stopping by.  I am now more than half way through the pages in this journal and I still have a lot more to journal about.  Will I run out of blank pages before things calm down with the Trump Administration or will this turmoil stop before I complete the last page?  Care to guess?

Until next time….


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