Project Description: Mixed Media Art Journaling is more than a sketchbook; it’s a way to experiment with techniques, materials, explore visual ideas and themes. All bound in a wonderful portable record of a mixed media journey. Use an old art textbook with the pages lightly gessoed so the words just barely show or a traditional mixed media art journal. Using the latter has thicker pages that can stand wet and dry mediums.
Designed by: Lisa Thorpe
Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
- Computer Grafix -Clear Adhesive Backed Ink Jet sheet – 8.5 x 11” (cut into quarter sheet)
- Grafix Monoprint Plate – 8 x 12” (cut in half)
- Grafix Inking Palette
- Art journal
- Acrylic paint
- Printer ink
- Paint pen
- Styrofoam sheet
Steps to Make This:
- Start with a photo of an oak tree at dusk; its branches are winter bare giving a wonderful silhouette against the evening sky. Print the photo on the Computer Grafix sheet, then cut it into quarters.
- Paint the pages with a very light coat of acrylic paint and place the cut-out photo on the top left page using the photo as a color guide. For more texture use Grafix inking palette to roll smooth layers of black printers’ ink.
- Then roll the ink onto bubble wrap and print that across the bottom of the pages (photo 1).
- Now to create a monoprint that echoed the stark lines in the photo. Roll half a sheet of the Grafix Monoprint plate with black ink, then using a rag and Q-tip, removed some of the ink to create a print on the top right page (photos 3).
- Lastly, create a simple stamp out of Styrofoam sheeting cut in the shape of an oak leaf that is stamped in both black and white and made some connecting lines with a white paint pen. This gives the illustration of this oak tree dreaming of spring. (photo 4)