Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #28

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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

28 Books Down, 83 to go….

Making Journals By Hand by Jason Thompson

I am intrigued by this latest craze on the ‘net – making your own Junk Journal.  It’s such a good way to use up papers and books and ephemera, and costs next to nothing.  You take pages torn out of old books, atlases, newspapers, calendars, music books, etc, and embellish them in some way, and then hand stitch, glue, or machine stitch them into a cover, and Voila, you’ve got a new Journal!

I began by painting some old lightweight canvas fabric that I had laying around.  I used this for the cover.

I then stamped and spritzed and drizzled paint over pages from assorted “junk”, including empty envelopes……..  I used the sewing machine to stitch them into three sections, and then glued those sections into the Cover.

This is my very first attempt and I really love it.  I’ll be more mindful of color choices next time.  I’ll also use more small bits of ephemera that I’ll adhere to individual pages – things like stamps and ribbon and Decorative Tape, for example.

You will definitely see more of these being created over the next couple of months!

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Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #27

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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

27 Books Down, 84 to go….

How To Paint Watercolor Landscapes by Hazel Harrison

Man, I don’t even like painting or drawing landscapes, but here’s another book in my Library; apparently I was interested way back when…..

The artists in this book used really sheer pale colors, but I decided to do mine in Gouache.  Although it’s hard to tell in these photos, my mountains are actually awesome!

Here’s the Reference Photo

And what I did in my Journal.

Paul said he liked it all BUT the leafy-branch shapes at the top, so I tried to get rid of ’em – FAIL!

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Acrylic Paint Pouring – Chocolate, Pink and Gold…

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I’ve still been doing these Acrylic Pours on LPs, but I rarely post them here, I post them on my InstaGram account – @CherMcKittrick.

Having said that, this one was too delicious to NOT post!

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Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #26

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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

26 Books Down, 85 to go….

Different Strokes Watercolor by Naomi Tydeman

12 Images, each done by two different artists, showing their techniques and final piece.

Here’s a photo that one of the pieces was done from:

And then my version.

I am still enjoying this particular project of mine.  It’s filling up my Journals and definitely making me do content that I normally would not be interested in.

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Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #25

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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

25 Down, 86 to go……

The Chinese Brush Painting Bible

Every single page has an exercise on it.  The premise is single, but very descriptive, strokes, using a thick Chinese Paint Brush and Ink.

I don’t have either of those, so I used a Number 5 Round, and watercolors.

Apparently, the dragonfly represents fickleness and weakness, who knew?

Those eyes are soooo bad.  All I can say is “another book down”…………

 

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Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #24

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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

23 Books Down, 88 to go….

Altered Art by Terry Taylor

Altered Art – Taking a Found Object and altering it in a creative manner.

Well, OK then……

I was completely bagged when I did this, with NO art MoJo, and simply wanted to get one more book off the list.

I cut a Queen of Spades playing card in half and made her into a Celtic Ballerina Dancer with hairy legs.  ’nuff said…………

I’m pretty sure that I’ll look back at this Journal 10 years from now and be like WTH?????

 

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Series – 1 Page From Every Tutorial Book In My Library #23

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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials,  and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years.  I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them.  Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book.  Wish me luck……

23 Books Down, 88 to go….

An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory.

An compilation of multiple artists who regularly use Journals.  Some do it to hone their drawing skills, some as reference for larger pieces of art, but MANY of them do it to document their day-to-day life.

I don’t do this, because there would just be too many pages of me lying in bed eating popcorn and reading – I mean how often could you draw that and make it appear to be of value?

But in the interest of this exercise I thought I’d draw an incident that happened to me recently.  The very short version of this incident is that I somehow got a LOT of my hair stuck in the handlebars of my bike when I lifted it down off the Bike Carrier.

My original intent was to draw it in my journal, but then I decided, for this example, I’d set up a maquette of the scene, since I happen to have a pose-able Mannequin and a Bike that’s almost the right size.

I’ll stick one of these photos in my journal to memorialize the general on-going goofiness that is my life…………….

My butt was SO high up in the air, and I could NOT move my head.  Finally, a guy that was trying to leave the parking lot came over and very gently extricated the huge clumps of hair and set me free……

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