Category Archives: technique

Technique Today: Lettering

Lettering is one of those things that the more you practice it the better you get. Lettering can be fun and interesting.

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Technique Today: Glue

glue. It should be a simple topic but it's not. you've got glue stick, PVA, Elmers (same thing as PVA BTW), Aleene's, superglue, Matte Medium, Gloss medium, heavy medium, etc… And everyone has a glue that works best for them, and we've all got an opinion about it.I've picked out a few videos to give you some ideas about all the opinions on glue, and different ways you can use it.

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Technique today: Stencils

This week I chose a variety of videos featuring the use of stencils. I picked some videos showing usual techniques and some with unusual techniques.

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Technique Today: Washi Tape

Washi tape is a neat thing. I've made some of my own and it's super simple. These videos all deal with how you can make your own.

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Technique Today: Binding Your Own Art Journal

I do a lot of bookbinding. I've done a class or two about making them. There are a lot of godo tutorials out there and some really horrible tutorials as well. I've picked a selection that I like and feel have sound technique.

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Technique Today: Writing

I don't always write in my art journal. Often when I do I paint over it. Sometimes, writing in an art journal is an absolutely essential part of the process.

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Technique Today: Composition

One of the questions I get pretty often is about composition. "How to make a good looking art journal page, that is composed well?" It's one of those questions that usually annoys me, because I dislike the idea of planned out pages in an art journal. But as someone who has studied composition for art and photography, I intuitively arrange what i'm doing around the rule of thirds and the golden mean. I no longer think abotu composition, unless I'm working on a specific project.

So my initial response is that you should study composition. In school we spent a lot of time looking at art and photos. Looking specifically at how things are aranged on a page and how our eyes moved around in relation to those objects and color. I filled pages of a journal with little doodles based off the covers of magazine.Simplifying the objects down to simple shapes. faces became ovals, bodies triagles and rectangles. Works becames rectangles. And so on. Now when I work in my art journal I simply don't think abotu these things. So go to barnes and noble, pull a dozen magazines off the rack, grab a cuppa coffee and look at each mag, and block the cover and a few pages out in basic shapes. Think about how you look at the page. Do this a dozen times across the next 6 months. Composition will become much more natural to you over time.

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Technique Today: Colored Pencils

Colored pencils are great in an art journal. With just a few of the right colors you can get a lot of colors. Layering is easy with GOOD colored pencils. Though I've included a video with crayola colored pencils, I do not recomend them. They will only leave you frustrated. Get a 12 pack of colors in a good brand.

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Technique Today: Midori or Fauxdori

If you've been reading my blog for any peruiod of time you know I love me some fauxdori Midori traveler's notebook covers. I find them ingenious, easy to use, and encourage journaling every day and every where. I've added some of my videos on the fauxdori as well as some great instructions from others about things you can make and add to your own notebook covers.

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Two Pocket Folder for Field Notes Covers

I needed a small pocket for my notebook cover. all the instructions I could find online were for large 6 pocket folders that were as bulky as both my notebooks. I needed something thin that I coudl stow some receipts, my train and van schedules for school, and other odds and ends. I also wanted to be able to stick a few post it notes and flags to it.

My first version used a recycled mailer, but the card stock was brittle and thick. I went through my paper stash and found some 8.5×11 inch card stock.After some measuring I created a 2 pocket folder that fits in my fauxdori Field Notes sized notebook cover.

It can fit inbetween 2 notebooks or wrap around a notebook. When closed the contents are secure, but a flap could be added

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