J52: Run Wild

Journal 52 2015, Week 4

Prompt: Silhouettes

I have fallen behind with my art journaling. It’s week 5 and I’m still mucking around with week 4. I liked the prompt for week 4. Silhouettes are fun to play with, there are so many different shapes. Since I haven’t been well, I figured I didn’t have the gusto to draw my own silhouette, so I cheated and used a magazine figure. The only magazine subscription I have right now is Women’s Health which gave me lots of different sports poses. I went with a runner. I used to love running.

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For some reason I went with a runner going through a forest at night. I don’t know why. I started with a white gesso background and outlined the trees with a stabilo pencil. I coloured everything with watercolour pencil crayons. I cut the runner out of my magazine with teeny tiny scissors so I could get all the details. I blacked her out with two layers of black gesso and highlighted with silver Sharpie paint pen. The stars are done with the same paint pen. I outlined the trees with an ebony pencil and highlighted them with a white Sharpie paint pen. I smudged the white paint with my finger to blend it in a bit. I tried to darken the colours by shading black over top, but that made it a bit muddy. That’s ok.

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I cut out some phrases from my magazine that I thought went with the picture. I glued them in with gel medium and outlined them with ebony pencil. I had a hard time getting them to stick down flat. I kept getting bubbles and wrinkles as you can see below. I ended up using scrapbook glue to stick the figure in because I didn’t want to get the same wrinkles. The glue wont hold like the gel medium. I guess I’ll just have to re-glue when it falls off.

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