Friday, 12 January 2018

Journal Page: My Craft Journey

My creative word for 2018 is dare and this is the first year that I have dared to follow an art/journaling course.  I signed up for Wanderlust 2018 on the last day of 2017.  This page was created in response to lesson 1 of Wanderlust 2018 and is the first time that I have produced an entire art journal page which is completely hand drawn, hand written and hand coloured.  In addition, I decided to finally start working in the expensive Moleskine journal which I bought nearly two years ago and was still unused (although I hadn't had any problem using much cheaper journals).  So far, I feel that I am living up to my creative resolution for this year.
As I actually have a shed where I craft (hence the title of my blog) and which is now such an important part of my life, I decided to draw the crafting journey which led here.  I sketched out the shed in the centre of the page (the centre of my creative life) and thought about all the steps I have taken on my creative journey.  I started with wool and fabric; learning to knit aged 5, embroider aged 7 and taking up dressmaking at 11.  Counted cross stitching came later and eventually led to card making and paper crafting.  Craft blogging (2015 onwards) and art journaling/mixed media work (2016 onwards) are a relatively new part of my creative life but now take up the majority of my free time.  
I started with light pencil lines.
Once happy, I went over them with a black micron pen (Sakura 05) and erased the pencil.
I decided to use a variety of the water colour media that I have and coloured the background with a wash of #22 Aqua Tint by Spectrum Noir.
Ecoline pens scribbled on a glass mat and picked up with a water brush coloured the inside of each box.
Kuretake Clean Color Brush pens were used directly onto the page to colour the rest of the images, then watercolour pencils (WHSmith) were used in a rainbow effect on the roads and paths.  A water brush blended out the pencilled areas.  The blinds of the shed show how each element of my crafting journey has led to the colourful creative life that I now have.
Finally, I added journaling describing my journey, including some of my strongest memories of each step on the way.
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