Thursday, August 27, 2009

Journal page

Well I've been wanting to start my own journal for a while now after being inspired by lots of my blog friends. So last week I went hunting for a journal. Now I'm not sure what sort of book people use but when I went to a few art shops in town they didn't really seem to have what I was looking for. So I ended up buying a visual diary which I was told wasn't the greatest to paint on but I thought I'd take my chances anyway. What sort of books do other people use?

Anyway, I'm not sure if there are any 'rules' to keeping journals but I decided to start mine off with a piece that was inspired by the wild weather we've been having over here. A few nights ago myself and my husband and two boys were lying awake for hours while the power went on and off and we could hear the wind howling outside. Quite scary for the kids as we felt that the roof would blow off.

So this is my first attempt in my journal. Painted in acrylic paint I used that crackle paint effect as I was practising for my canvas in my previous post. I also used some coloured pencil and black pen.


Annette Q said...

I'm not sure about what kind of journal to use because I dont keep one! But this is a lovely first those shades of blue :-)

Anonymous said...

Your first journal page is awesome.
Suzi Blu uses moleskine journals. You can find her on put search for Suzi Blu.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your visit, lovely to see your beautiful blog!

Serena said...

Congratulations on your first art journal, Nicola. LOVE your first entry.....our weather in Brissie has been hotter than the average temps for this time of year. I think they are forecasting rain for this weekend....much needed as my lawn is looking more like straw.

I'm not prolific at doing my art journal but, like you, I am using a visual diary. There is a better grade of journal at Riot's Art and Craft...they have black hard covers and are still classified as visual diaries. I have been using the hard covered ones for my sketching and I've noticed the paper to be a better quality than in the spiral-bound visual diaries.

Anyways, with the spiral-bound visual diary, I usually gesso the pages first to thicken them up a bit for the layers of paint and seems to work quite well.


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