Paper Craftin with Erica

Art Journal – Lesson 3 and Lesson 4

Our third lesson in Art Journaling class by Marit included using Gel Medium and tissue paper.  It was SO fun.  It's my  new favorite product!  I sprayed white tissue paper with brown, orange and green alcohol ink and adhered it with heavy gel medium (glossy).  After it dried, I painted a few spots peach with acrylic paints.  Then I sponged some distress ink here and there.


I'm a big fan of Obama and the changes our culture has made to accept race without discrimination.  I'm not African American, but I am gay and know what it's like to fight for equality.  Anyway, my journaling reads… "Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King, Jr. could walk.  Martin Luther King, Jr. walked so Barack Obama could run.  Barack Obama ran so our Children can fly!"

For the fourth lesson, we learned about colors.  I really enjoyed this lesson.  We were instructed to take a picture and paint it with complimentary colors.  I tried a "face" portrait; however, it didn't work out so well for me.


So, the picture I used was a bouquet of lilies and daisies that Brenda got me for our anniversary a couple of years ago.  They are my favorite flowers.  The blue and purple flowers are the lilies.  The red flowers are the daisies.  The yellow spots are the baby's breath (and highlights).  I also lightly airbrushed (with my Copic ABS) the background with blue (for the top) and green (for the bottom).  The flowers in the corners are rub-ons.

Marit has another art journaling class starting on May 3rd.  You should definately check it out.  The only artistry I've every been good at is scrapbooking and paper crafting.  However, now I truly feel like an artist.  XOXOXO

2 comments… add one
  • Danielle February 27, 2010, 8:03 pm

    Both pages are wonderful!! Love your symbolism with the first page, and you used the complementary colors great in the second!!
    Isn’t this class the best? I am learning tons!!
    I just updated my blog and showed 2 new pages! I can’t catch up, I swear!! I haven’t made a scrappy piece in forever. Not even my groovy collaging, nothing. I miss paper!!!!!
    ALSO, Just wanted to tell you, on SNR, I tried to click your link in the thread “art journals” to get here, and when I click on the link, it comes up some kind of error. So, I came here from my favorites. You may want to check out the thread.

  • Marit March 1, 2010, 3:21 am

    Erica, thank you so much for the sweet compliment! Your pages are beautiful (LOVE the “Obama one”) and everyone can be an artist or, even better, everyone IS an artist somewhere deep down. I’m so glad you brought your artistic YOU out in the open!!!

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