When I feel uninspired by my watercolours I take a wander upstairs to my studio to have a play with my mixed media. I use a book I bought in a charity shop as my Altered Art Journal. Funnily enough it is a copy of “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. The title seemed an apt play on words for what I wanted to use it for. I love the book and the film, so I knew I would enjoy using this as my inspiration mixed media art journal.
Ready to use gessoed pages.
The purple and lilac areas are watercolour. The rest was created using acrylic wash.
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A couple of weeks ago I had a go at re-creating the crocus using rough cold press watercolour paper. I found out that was not a good idea at all. I gessoed over the crocus ready for another day and another project to be added on top.
A few years ago I bought some vintage music sheets and today I decided to mix it up with some modern day ephemera and some wacky ideas to create a loose leaf art journal page. Collage, acrylic paint, sharpie pen and ink blocks were the main mixed media ingredients together with a large dose of fun and plenty of relaxed art therapy.