Laughing Dog Arts

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Painting backgrounds

I've been working in my journals and I am liking what I am creating more all the time.

I imagine I am getting better at it.  Practice does help.

Finding the right pens to be able to write over painted pages helps too.

When the friends in my creativity group noticed my work improving they began to ask me if I could show them how to paint the backgrounds.  We did a little workshop this week and here are some of their results.

Mary tried some water soluble crayons.

I believe above shows some of Karen's work with the water soluble crayons too.

Pinky included some stamping with her work.  I love that stamp and borrowed it, made several copies on other papers to use later.

Karen included some cut outs over her painted page. This page shows the technique of painting designs first with some gesso, then painting over it and wiping off.

April prefers less abstraction.  She had some gellato colors that she was trying out for the first time. She liked them a lot.  They are water soluble too.

More of Karen's work.  When in doubt, put a bird on it!

April is taking a lettering class from Joanne Sharpe and gave us all cards and she hand lettered the envelopes.

Two weeks ago we colored eggs. Mine is the skully egg.

The next week we took April out shopping for her birthday.  We had to shop a little ourselves so she wouldn't feel lonely.
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Robin said...

Loooooove this whole post Jan! All the pages are so great! And the eggs.....gorgeous!! This was the first year in several decades that I didn't color eggs and I really missed it.
What type of journal do you work in? I'm always looking for one that has pages suitable for all types of media....something that can get kinda wet. I'd love suggestions!!

yoborobo said...

What a great group. :) Aren't creative pals the best? And you got to share art supplies - does it get ANY better? lol! Happy weekend - xo

Laura said...

Great to see you teaching and sharing. great journal work too.

nacherluver said...

Your journal pages are gorgeous!!! Love them! And oh how much fun you and your creative group have. How wonderful that you have such a fun group of women to create with. Lovely.

Corrine at said...

Great group of creative friends there, how much fun is all that painting play. Keep it up your journal is great!!!! xox

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Love all the colors Jan! So cool that you have a good group that will take off and try something new.
I think your journal work is really coming along very nicely~~you seem to have found a connection with the work.

Anne.....enjoying the new BG too! :-)

Robbie said...

How nice you share your talent with others! Love all the pieces and the lettering your friend did is wonderful!

Heloise said...

Your journal looks wonderful.

April said...

Jan, I'm so taken by your journal pages. They are wonderful. So glad you got me interested in Joanne Sharpe's Artful Alphabet online class. I am LOVING it!! And meeting so many new people, too! So fun! Can't wait to start in on my own journal! It's gonna be fun!

maddyrose said...

I am so far behind in my blogging I almost missed this fantastic post. You ladies are amazing! It seems that no matter what you set yourselves to doing you do it in a grand way. I love the journal pages and the bowl of colored eggs is beautiful. My poor eggs were nothing compared to the ones in the photo. Keep having fun with your journals.

Mary Fox of Fox On The Run said...

Jan, your pages are getting soooo interesting. I really like 'em. You are really developing a neat syle with your paper work. I love coming here and checking out what you are up to at home :>)) Hugs...