Current Art Journal Spreads

I've spent the last four weeks working almost daily in my art journal. I did miss a day or two here or there. Here are the spreads I've worked on. I'll describe in more detail below each picture.

This page may be my favorite of them all! I really love the way the girl turned out in the end, even with her odd coloring. Here is a break down of how I completed this: 1) Covered both pages with white gesso. 2) Stamped flowers with black ink. 3) Stenciled teal dots. 4) Covered all with Picket Fence Distress Stain (this creates a whitewashed look) 5) Sketched outline of girl. 6) Applied several layers of white gesso within the sketch to cover the background. 7) Sketched then painted in eyes, nose, and lips. 8) Painted in her hair and added some gloss medium streaks to create some shine. 9) Typed the words on my typewriter and adhered to pink paper strips. 10) Adhered word strips and doodled around them.

This page may be my favorite of them all! I really love the way the girl turned out in the end, even with her odd coloring. Here is a break down of how I completed this:
1) Covered both pages with white gesso.
2) Stamped flowers with black ink.
3) Stenciled teal dots.
4) Covered all with Picket Fence Distress Stain (this creates a whitewashed look)
5) Sketched outline of girl.
6) Applied several layers of white gesso within the sketch to cover the background.
7) Sketched then painted in eyes, nose, and lips.
8) Painted in her hair and added some gloss medium streaks to create some shine.
9) Typed the words on my typewriter and adhered to pink paper strips.
10) Adhered word strips and doodled around them.

This page isn't completed yet. I had some ideas of where it should go, but it just hasn't materialized yet. I'm fine with that. Here is what I've done so far: 1) Generously cover both pages with white gesso. Both pages started with a lot of color and I wanted that covered up. 2) Added texture paste with dot stencil. 3) Apply watered down acrylic paint in teal and navy.

This page isn't completed yet. I had some ideas of where it should go, but it just hasn't materialized yet. I'm fine with that. Here is what I've done so far:
1) Generously cover both pages with white gesso. Both pages started with a lot of color and I wanted that covered up.
2) Added texture paste with dot stencil.
3) Apply watered down acrylic paint in teal and navy.

I'm pretty sure I would label this as my second favorite. Art truly does have healing powers! I did this page in a day, when I was feeling a little down. I have been feeling so much better ever since I got it out of me and onto paper. I'm sure creating this spread helped me mentally work through some things. Here is what I did: 1) Covered both pages with black gesso. 2) With white paint, sketched the outline of the flower. 3) Added pink and green paint details. 4) Added dots along the flower and on the background. 5) With more white paint, painted the lettering. The cool thing about working with paint is if you mess up you can cover it up. I made several mistakes with the lettering, but I just covered it all up with more black gesso.

I'm pretty sure I would label this as my second favorite. Art truly does have healing powers! I did this page in a day, when I was feeling a little down. I have been feeling so much better ever since I got it out of me and onto paper. I'm sure creating this spread helped me mentally work through some things. Here is what I did:
1) Covered both pages with black gesso.
2) With white paint, sketched the outline of the flower.
3) Added pink and green paint details.
4) Added dots along the flower and on the background.
5) With more white paint, painted the lettering. The cool thing about working with paint is if you mess up you can cover it up. I made several mistakes with the lettering, but I just covered it all up with more black gesso.

This spread took me the longest and I had the most breaks throughout. That probably says something about not taking too many breaks. Here is how I did it: 1) Cut painted paper into strips. 2) Collaged strips into the background. This took me several days working a few minutes at a time. 3) Applied watered down acrylic paint all over. This helps it look more like a cohesive background. 4) Painted the road. 5) Drew the camper. Painted with watercolor pencils. Cut out and adhered.  6) Wrote the title with Sharpie.

This spread took me the longest and I had the most breaks throughout. That probably says something about not taking too many breaks. Here is how I did it:
1) Cut painted paper into strips.
2) Collaged strips into the background. This took me several days working a few minutes at a time.
3) Applied watered down acrylic paint all over. This helps it look more like a cohesive background.
4) Painted the road.
5) Drew the camper. Painted with watercolor pencils. Cut out and adhered. 
6) Wrote the title with Sharpie.

As you can see, I have four very different art journal spreads! This has been a lot fun. I'm excited to keep going! Do you art journal? If so, I would love to see your pages! Just leave a comment below.