Monday, February 3, 2014

Now In Colour!

A little while back I showed you what I was up to in my art journal.  I've been back at it, and have now added colour to the pages using Tombow markers.  I love the wonderful watercolour effects you can achieve with these fabulous markers!

I was occasionally having an issue with bleed through to the back of the page (when I used heavier layers of colour), but I've come up with a solution.  I first tried clear gesso, applying it after the black marker work was done (and completely dry!), but it added a bit more 'tooth' than I wanted.  I guess I could have lightly sanded it, but instead I tried using matte medium.  That works beautifully!  It still gives the page a slight texture, but that adds some extra interest to the page (in my humble opinion).

I'm really loving Joanne Sharpe's "Draw Your Awesome Year" online class.  I'm learning a lot of new ideas and trick to improve my drawing and art journalling.  It's not too late to sign up...all of her classes are 'forever access' too which means you can keep going back and reviewing the lessons as you begin each new year!  How awesome is that!






I've never considered myself much of a 'drawer', but I am really enjoying this process!  What a great way to build my skills. 



14 comments:

  1. Wow, I am impressed. You are moving along in JoAnne's class. I am taking my time, but have also had bleed through issues. I used white gesso. So far so good. Love your pages.

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    1. Thanks Susan. I like using the matte medium to solve the bleed through issues since I can do the pencil and pen work first right on the paper (where the pens work so beautifully), then use the medium over top, since it's clear, before adding the Tombows. The pencil and pen also work really nicely over the medium for anything I want to add later (the vignettes, etc.)

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  2. Not a drawer? Oh come on your journal pages re fantastic!

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    1. Thanks! I guess its all about self perceptions...but as I work in this journal I'm starting to feel more confident in my drawing.

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  3. Your pages are really beautiful and so full of creativity! Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Thank you Maria. It's been so much fun!

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  5. They're beautiful, Linda! Love your trompe l'oeil page! Haven't been on the FB page much, so haven't seen your work, but it's great as always! ♥

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    1. Thanks! I had to look up that term (learn something new everyday...check). LOL

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  6. I have used black gesso sometimes for that same reason- markers bleeding through. So far your pages are looking great and very festive. Joann's online classes are wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Dawn. I've used gesso too (white, black or clear depending) but I prefer the smoother finish I get with the matte medium. As for Joanne's classes, she totally rocks!

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  7. Loving your pages. I have just started a new watercolour journal and now I feel like I should have a go at the tombows. Have taken other of Joanne's classes...tempted to do this now.

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    1. Thanks Lynette. This is my favourite of Joanne's online classes so far. I think you'd really enjoy it.

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