Tangent № 02: Cup Half Full


This tutorial is from the first workshop that I launched {Parquesito Creativo, winter 2011}! The film quality is more "grainy" than my current tutorials but I really like the concept and I hope you'll enjoy the technique nonetheless. The page in the tutorial {shown above} is on heavy watercolor paper.


The video shows you how to paint the background and gives you ideas for stamping with "found" objects and acrylic paint. Watch the painting tutorial here or at Vimeo {8 minutes}.

Materials: Golden fluid acrylic paint, white gesso *or* white acrylic paint, sturdy paper, brush, Neocolor wax crayons, found papers, black permanent marker, lids for stamping.

Work this idea on two facing pages ~or~ on a rectangular page turned sideways {landscape style} and divided vertically. You could try a mini-version on an index card too! The left side is for the cup "half empty" and the right is for the cup "half full." {Editor's note: Thank you kind readers for catching the error in the original text, it has been corrected.} For those translating from English, that means that the left side = negative, pessimistic perspective. The right side = positive, optimistic perspective.

There's a PDF file with full-color instructions for creating this page. Click over to the tutorial files section to download. I'd love to see you try this technique in your own journal or on a loose sheet of watercolor paper! The alphabet stamps are Blind Melon from Traci Bunkers.


This is another version of this page that I created in an Exacompta Basics Journal. I used the un-lined version rather than the lined version of the journal. This is a very sturdy journal that can handle mixed media work like a superstar. As you can see, I did a LOT of doodling on this page with gelly rolls. This is a very text-heavy art journaling style, so I balanced that a bit by stapling or gluing little bits of ephemera and quotes to the page in the open spots where they could fit.