Tangent № 02: Cup Half Full

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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.

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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.

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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.