Gratitude Art Journal

Gratitude Art Journal


Well, hello! Welcome to my studio. This is
Miriam Schulman, and I am doing this video as part of a special guest blog post courtesy
of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. So I wanted to give a big shout out to her and thanking her for
inviting me to her wonderful blog. I am a huge fan of hers, and I am also a mixed media
and watercolor artist. So in this video, I’m going to share with you three things. So I’m
going to share with you how to do the spreads; that’s number one. Number two, I am going
to give us a hashtag. And finally, as a special thank you to Julie’s readers, I’ve prepared
a download just for you. So stay tuned until the very end to get that download. Now let’s
get started! Alright. For the first step, Alright. For the first step, I’m starting with white gesso, and I’m using a sponge to put it on. My sponge is a roller, but you can certainly just use a sponge on
a stick or anything else. I like using this over a paint brush, because a paint brush
is gonna seep into the cracks of the bubble wrap, and you really just want it to hit the
tops of those circles so that when you use the bubble wrap as a stamp, and I don’t want
extra paint in between the circles. So this just makes it a lot easier. For the next step,
I’m going to use some Golden’s fluid acrylics plus glazing medium, and I’m going to mix
up some glazes to add transparent layers on top of this art journal. And you see this
already a page I didn’t like. I made this art journal myself. It’s a junk journal. Alright,
so my plan for this two-page spread is to divide it into eighteen squares, which is
going to be eighteen days. In fact, I give you a hint. This is going to be a gratitude
journal for eighteen days. Next, I’m tracing a butterfly onto both sides of the spread
just to give it a little ornamentation. For the next part, I’m again using Golden’s fluid
acrylics, but this time black and white mixed with the glaze. My idea is I want to put a
checkerboard pattern using those boxes, but I didn’t want to use completely opaque white
or black, because I wanted to see through the layers. And, even after I painted it on,
it’s somewhat see through, but I decided to make it more transparent by blotting with
a paper towel. Alright. For the next stage, I’m using one of Julie’s stencils. It’s new,
it’s really cute, and I’m just creating visual interest, and I’m going to use it both as
a regular stencil and then the flip-side to to add detail to squares. Now, I’m adding
this butterfly I found in my stash with some orange ink I’ve never used before just to
add a little more texture and details and all that fun stuff. Finally, I’m using Julie’s
days of the week stamps and, starting with today, I’m going to alternate… well, it
depends on what’s underneath. I’m going to either do black or white stamps for each day.
This is going to be a gratitude journal, so everyday I’m going to write something that
I’m grateful for. So, having this pretty spread is going to keep me inspired to stick with
it. And I hope you’re going to join me, so if you’re going to post pictures on Twitter
or Instagram, you can use the hashtag #18daysofgratitude, and then I’ll try to find you and see your
work. So, I hope you have fun doing this. I’d love to see what you’ve done, and thanks
so much for joining me. So, for today, I am grateful that I had this opportunity to share
these art techniques with you. Thanks so much for joining me. Oh, and I almost forgot. I
have a special download just for you right below the video, either in the blog or on
YouTube. Click on the link, and you can get a free download, ten more art journal prompts
for you. So, if you like this, I have nine more really inspiring prompts so that you
never run out of ideas, well, at least for ten more days. You won’t run out of ideas
for your art journal. Thanks so much for joining me, and if you’d like, you can subscribe to
other YouTube videos of mine. Take care!

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