Sunday, October 21, 2012

Project: Journal Page

 I am so glad you stopped by. I have been playing in my art journal today. My art journal is a place where I try new things and journal the process and what I learn and whether I like it or not.  I was experimenting with a new technique, and I really likedit and thought you might enjoy it too. It was very simple and tons of fun. All I did was use my printer to copy a page from a magazine and then I glued it into my journal and painted it. It was so creative and very easy!  I think it is a technique you could really use your imagination and come up with some amazing ideas. So this is what I did.

I first found a picture in a magazine and made a black and white copy of it using my printer

Then I used mod podge to paste the copy in to my art journal.

Then comes the fun part. Grab your acrylic paints and paint. Use any color you like and bring the black and white photo copy to life.

This really was a fun exercise! I will say I used a very limited palette when I painted this. I would recommend using only a few colors but lots of different values of that color. For example, I used multiple shades of sap green in my trees by adding cad yellow and white. I used cerulean blue for my sky and dress and added yellow and white for multiple values of that color. I really love the way it turned out.

For those of you who are familiar with my style know I could never leave something so plain. I had to stamp and doodle all over it! In my opinion, It gives life to the piece! Then I journaled the process right on top of the page. Remember to use permanent pens and inks when doing all these projects. Once you're finished you can seal it with a coat of mod podge if you want to. I love this journal page! While I was working on it I thought how adorable it would be to use a photograph of my own of people or places that I love. I could add personal things like letters and art and all kinds of fun ideas. Really the possibilities are endless! Try it and have fun with it! It reminds me a little of paint by number. Send my a picture of your art work! I'd love to see what you come up with! I love a fun project! Enjoy!

love love love Ruthie


  1. This is so cool!! I can't wait to try it out!

  2. This looks like a great way to "teach" yourself to paint. I had a store bought painting of flowers in a bedroom upstairs that I had lost my appeal for. I painted right over it using more appealing colors. Didn't change the composition at all. Now, it's back in my good graces.

  3. Patti! The spray painted water was the most fun project! I love a cool project! WE have used the paper for all kinds of cool things! Definitely do it! So great! You know my favorite thing is to try it, you can always paint over it! so go for it! Ok did you read the word? What's your word?????? love you! R