"About this spring of ancient fame say true,
The dapper elves their moonlight sports renew;
Their pigmy king and little fairy queen
In circling dances gamboll'd on the green,
With tuneful sprites a merry concert made,
And airy music warbled through the shade."
~ Alexander Pope
I like to get to know my art materials, play, experiment, explore, analyze. I want to know what to expect. What they can do. It's like getting familiar with a new car.
When I draw, I prefer a black PITT pen. I've tried a great number of pens/markers and they work for me. I just keep drawing lines. I know what to expect, what they will do, how to use them. I know that if the kids splash a few drops of water from the pool onto the page, the mandala or slow journaling will not be ruined. I know this to be true.
When I paint in my art journal, I want saturated, thin, translucent, quick drying color. On the other hand, when the kids and I paint wooden dolls or birdhouses, or just make big goopy messes, we use the inexpensive general purpose, matte acrylics in a kaleidoscope of colors at craft stores.
But for my art journal collages, I love the burst of vivid color I get from materials like Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and fluid acrylics. It's like the end of Green Eggs & Ham. I like them with a brush, I like them with a stamp... here are some of my experiments with Golden fluid acrylics: with fiber paste or more fiber paste, on black gesso, mixed with white gesso, textured with a comb, stamped, textured with paper towells, thinned with acrylic medium, painted with a rubber brayer, over glazed pen for masking, to paint circus doodles, paint letter stencils, sunflowers and even paint coffee filter sun catchers.
Check out the step-by-step series about the art journaling process. This is a growing series of posts looking at art journaling from a variety of perspectives. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions for the series.
What art material do you use most frequently, and in the most ways?