My first attempt at the Strathmore Visual Journal workshop exercise was less than satisfying. I didn’t like working with the oil pastels. I thought the charcoal dirtied up the page. I didn’t have gesso, so I used a semi-opaque watercolor instead.
So I decided I needed a do-over, using materials that I’m more comfortable with. After all, they keep saying it’s all about the process, right?
Steps from Lesson 1
- I resized the sketches and reformatted the text and printed them out.
- I prepped a two-page spread with a random application of turquoise watercolor, added texture, stenciled stars, and random sprays of ultramarine blue.
- Strips of blue metallic tissue paper provided my vertical element.
- After topping it with my sketches and text, I brushed on a light wash of my turquoise watercolor to tone down the white and darken some of the shadow areas.
Steps from Lesson 2 and Lesson 3
- I added a few details and “underjournaling” in white crayon, which will provide a resist under the next layer of water-based color.
- Using Derwent Graphitint and Inktense water-soluable pencils and an unknown brand of watercolor crayon, I added the shading in blue and purple, and highlights in yellow and green.
- A thin application of white gouache enabled me to smooth out and re-establish the white areas, and to add highlights to the eyes. I then added more shading and color.
- For the stars, I made a stencil using cardstock and a punch.
- I used a blue Faber-Castel brush pen to re-darken the text.
Lesson 4 is still a mystery. I expect we’ll be able to access the video for it this weekend.