Art Journal: Sunflower Kaleidoscope

"At the height of laughter,
the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities."
~ Jean Houston

Loose art journal pages are an outlet for expressing creativity and experimenting with new techniques or materials. Also good for losing track of time. Starting with a piece of heavy cardboard, I collaged scrap cardstock, maps and magazine images as the first layer. I'd never used a brayer (the type used for block art) in any art journals... so I rolled turquoise and orange Speedball thick-bodied acrylics (worked great) and purple Golden fluid acrylics (didn't roll as well, used a lot of paint), and white gesso on some bare spots. 

I don't start with any plan, other than perhaps an idea of a tool or technique I want to use.


I sketched a flower with a Neocolor II wax crayon and painted white gesso over the collage inside the lines. Painted the petals and leaves with Golden fluid acrylics. The petals needed something... so I typed a bunch of words and glued them on with Mod Podge. To make the central rainbow dots, I used ahandmade FIMO stamp dipped in acryclics. Edged the entire page and some of the images with Neocolors, and added lines with Golden fluid acrylics and a straight edge. The final touch was a quote.

Thoughts... I like how the many layers provide an interesting and rough base for painting. The rough brush strokes over the textures beneath are something I'd like to try again. The brayer has so much potential - definitely going into the repetoire of art journaling tools.

Looking ahead to next week... what new-to-you technique or tool are you going to try? Have you stepped out of a bound journal or book to try loose art journaling pages?