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Sunday, January 04, 2015

My 2015 start to Art Journaling!

Welcome to 2015!!  Hope everyone has had a Happy New Year!  I know that I have seriously neglected this blog in the past couple of years, BUT I have big plans for it that will start unfolding soon.  I have been filling that time sewing things for people, embroidering, and crocheting.  You can see everything I've made here, You can also keep up with me via Instagram @Tiffer73 or Flickr .
I've recently joined this Facebook group called Documented Faith and it's all about Bible Journaling! I'm just starting out and this is my first page!  I've always enjoyed painting and doodling so this should be fun!  This week's verse is Jeremiah 29:11  "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
When I started this page I wasn't really sure what it was going to look like.  I started by writing the verse and boxing it in.  I did not feel good about the flowers when I sketched them out, but I kept going anyway.  You can barely see my sketch marks b/c I've already erased them so that I can barely see them.  I only want to see a faint guideline for when I start painting or drawing.  By the way, next time I will photograph each step and make it more like a tutorial for you! Below is a list of supplies and a summary of my steps.

1. My notebook paper is 140lb watercolor paper.
2. I wrote in my verse with my waterproof Faber-Castell black drawing pens.
3. Then I sketched in my flowers with my sumo grip pencil you can see in the pic below.
4. Then I erased my lines till they where barely visible.
5. I drew over my flowers with the same waterproof pen.  But only 1 thin line.  All the dark shadowing you see came at the end.
6. Then I really made sure all my pencil lines where erased.
7. Next I started coloring in my flowers with my Watercolor Distress markers in Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade.  I did a petal or 2 at a time and used my paintbrush to blend them in.  I also used ink from the matching Distress ink pads, which I rubbed onto my craft sheet to pick up a little color onto my paintbrush.  I filled in my petals and darkened them up with a couple more layers.

8.  Next I started on my background, I wet a whole section around a flower at a time and used my Koi watercolor travel kit colors in Purple, and Ultramarine Blue.  I did a wet into wet blend in small sections to get the blended look. Let that dry.
9. Next I wet inside the verse box and used Cerulean Blue and painted inside along the edge.
10. Next I took a #1 liner paintbrush and used a dark gray (Paynes Gray) to outline all of the flower edges.  I washed it around the edges so it wasn't a hard line.
11. After that dried good I took my fine waterproof Faber-Castell pen and went around all the flower edges to make the shadow more dramatic.
12. Then I took my super fine pen and did some stippling (the tiny dots) to dramatize the shadows.  I also drew more super fine details on the flower petals and a few wispys and curlys too.  Those were fun!
13. I took a small dragonfly stamp and a small butterfly stamp and stamped them a couple of times in the background area to fill in a little space.  I added a smidge of metallic watercolor paint to the wings!
14. I added a page stamp to the bottom corner and filled in the date and weather!  I like to draw a weather icon to illustrate what they day was like!!

Overall, I really need help with my lettering!! ha!  Hope you enjoy!  Next time I'll add step by step photos!  In the meantime, here are all the ways you can follow me!  =)

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Vicki Dutcher said...

Stunning page! Love the shadowing you have done

roc said...

beautifully done!

Tiffany said...

Thank you ladies! I'll do a more in depth photo tutorial next time!

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