|My first attempt at art journaling in the style |
found in Diana Trout's book "Journal Spilling".
The picture at left is the spread I created. I received this wonderful watercolor sketchbook for Christmas last year, and I love it! It is perfectly suited to this style of artwork. It features thick watercolor paper with a deep, rich texture. The edges are ragged and uneven, rustic and fibrous.
Extremely mixed-media, these pages employ collage, pen, pencil, gesso, and watercolors to achieve the messy grunge look. I really like the results of working in layers, starting with a collaged random assortment of papers, "spill writing" on top of that, a coating of gesso, and finally "color spilling" with watercolors.
The base layer of papers includes a Pantone color swatch, a page torn from an old book, and several images from an old encyclopedia and a catalog. I did say it was a random assortment! You really can't see very much of this layer, but you know it's there by the textures the raised edges create. You may just be able to make out a blue tractor, an illustration from an old children's encyclopedia, in the center of the right-hand page, partially hidden by a dribble of red paint. Seeing things like that are rewards for the viewer for looking closely!
On top of the collage I did some spill writing. Spill writing is just writing down, without thinking, what is in your head - those song lyrics, words that occur to you during the process of creating, whatever you want to write. I started writing as fast as I could, talking about the destruction of the blank page and all of the things I would do in this spread. That eventually lead me to writing about "process paradox", where the process of creating art becomes art itself. I'm not sure how much sense that makes, but it's what came out so I decided to go with it.
Finally came the color spilling. Much like spill writing, in color spilling you heedlessly paint color onto the page, allowing the pigments to have their way as they mix and mingle, a river of hues flowing across the wet paper. I really enjoyed this part. I drew the triangular Paradox Zentangle pattern to go along with the Process Paradox theme, and after the average back-and-forth, up-and-down painting with a brush, I began some other techniques. Splattering some red paint. Accidentally dripping the red paint. Grabbing a straw to blow the red paint around. No accidents, no starting over, just go with it. Salt sprinkled on. Additional brushstrokes, painting words. Now add some lines, diagonal, that transition into dots. More color, more intensity. Splatter some more. Draw some gears, add more words. Make a list. There. I'm done.
|Glorious texture! I used masking tape on the corner of |
this piece of paper. See that corner sticking up? Beautiful.
|More tape. The scribbles in the center were scribed into the gesso.|