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The Noticing Journal {an Altered Book Journal} #2

One of the things I've been trying to figure out is how to draw thinner opaque lines in acrylics. I found Golden Airbrush Colorsand after doing a bit of research learned that they are not just for airbrushes! They are as intense and saturated as fluid acrylics but not as thick so these remind me of ink rather than paint.

the famous coca cola logo, my favorite yet forbidden pop

I used a flat paint brush to paint these pages in my new altered book (my Noticing Journal, to remind me to notice the little things) with air brush paints in blues and whites, with a little off white fluid acrylic. Then I took a paper towel which was saturated wth reds and magentas from dabbing another page and smashed that onto this page. The little dots are from the paper towels!

before collage + lettering

drawing in a cafe, one of my favorite luxuries

after collage + lettering with airbrush acrylics and edged with a white uniball marker

This is the true joy of the airbrush colors, squeezing the bottle (see the lids? they turn to let more or less paint out) and squiggling over the page, letting the colors run together. Wow! I smashed the pages together a bit in the process with fun results. I didn't use a brush at all on these two pages. 

These pages have textured gesso as a base layer, squeezed airbrush acrylics, painted in a dreamy way with a round brush. These just rock.

more backgrounds, playing with reds and oranges and whites and pinks

Played around here with greens and yellows in the airbrush acrylics mixed with an off white in fluid acrylics. You can mix and match. So testing the new airbrush acrylics I'd purchase is my "thing" for the creativity queue challenge and an art material I highly recommend.

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Reader Comments (7)

OMG those are a must have ...... what beautiful colors ......

{Tammy}: Harriet, The colors are definitely intense, as intense as fluid acrylics, and add a definite twist in the fluidity.

04.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHarriet

I was eyeing these for some spray bottles. Did you get the big set or bought them individually?

{Tammy}: Jazmin, I bought them individually, larger bottles of black and titanium white and small bottles of the others I wanted.

04.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJazmin

I hope this is not inappropriate. But dare I say this: these paints look great but reality for me (and others?) is how to afford all these different types of the same medium, paint? do you just buy a few bottles/tubes to begin with to try them out or are you rich and by the big sets LOL (tongue in cheek) !! just curious...
BTW Tammy the bookmark for your site here is in my folder called "read each day", i have been visiting here way longer than i have posted LOL!!

{Tammy}: Deb, Not inappropriate. We all make choices in what we buy. I actually wrote a long article about having an art materials budget and how to prioritize purchases in Zine #4, the issue that published mid-March. I buy my art materials methodically, expanding within a medium (here, acrylics) when I see a solid reason to do so. Here - to obtain a more fluid line, a thin line, without "thinning" the thicker acrylics and losing opacity. In the airbrush colors, black, white, red, orange, 2 yellows, 2 blues, green, purple. With those I can mix what I need. For my purposes, there are 3 main types of acrylics - heavy body (or tube), fluid and these airbrush acrylics.

04.1.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeb

Woow, these pages & these colors really look amázing!! Beautiful! And I'm reallly gonna try these airbrush acrylics. Thks for sharing, Madeleine

{Tammy}: Madeleine, I look forward to hearing what you think after you try them. I am super impressed.

04.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMakeArtBeHappy

you're getting fantastic results with these!

{Tammy}: Karen, Thanks - you will too!

04.1.2012 | Unregistered Commenteriamrushmore

I see the bottles say opaque, but the multiple color altered book pages, do not appear to have opaque medium...are the opaque, or almost? Great color, fluidity and opaque...a good combination to find. What do you think of it?

{Tammy}: Gerti, Honestly, I'm in love with these acrylics. I'm creating mail art envelopes, painting, doing art journal backgrounds. The combo of fluidity and intensity is wicked. With regards to opacity, I would say "almost opaque" if that helps. The paper in this book I'm altering is pretty absorbant, so I am seeing greater opacity on paper that absorbs less paint. The opacity would also differ by color as in fluid acrylics. They dry quickly, like fluid acrylics, so the layering is also quite lovely.

Airbrush acrylics. On my art supply wish list now. I love the vibrancy of the colours.

04.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

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