ART TIPS FOR ART JOURNALING
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Do I need to use Gesso?
The simple answer NO you don't. I have never used it and have never seen the need. An art teacher at the school I teach told me it's a waste of money and time and I agree. You might need to use gesso if using overly thin paper such as Moleskine Cahier when there is a chance of bleed through, but a coat of white acrylic might be all you need to use as a base.
What paper should I use for Art Journaling?
I am a bit hit and miss when it comes to paper. I started out journaling in a Moleskine Cahier insert for a Travelers Notebook (Midori style tn), this paper seems fine for thicker paint such as acrylic, but is not very good for watercolour as the paper wrinkles. Watercolour paper is the best for any watercolour work (or canvas) and mixed media paper or sketch pad paper for acrylics, or again an art canvas.
You can make your own inserts for tn's using a mix of paper. All these papers can bought cheaply from The Works or Hobbycraft and even the Poundshop for sketch paper. Mrs Brimbles has an excellent tutorial here Making Mixed Media Inserts for Travelers Notebooks.
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28/10/2016 04:40:04 pm
Great tips, I'm looking forward to your next posts. I love working in my creatove TN but haven't experimented with much other than watercolours.
28/10/2016 05:18:08 pm
Thank you for the lovely comments Emma, hope it's useful to others too xx
28/10/2016 05:39:59 pm
Fantastic! Can't wait to see the next posts, I have the hobbycraft inserts that have watercolour and sketch paper in them and would love some getting started tips! x
28/10/2016 05:47:31 pm
Awww, thank you Kirsty, the next blog in the series will definitely give you some starter tips xx
28/10/2016 09:18:24 pm
Thanks Michelle. Glad it's useful. Xx
22/1/2017 04:11:16 am
Lots of great tips here! I look forward to reading the newer posts as well. :) I use gesso on some things, but the gesso I buy is inexpensive, probably costs less than white acrylic would anyway.
22/1/2017 02:54:50 pm
Thanks for reading Vicki. If the gesso is cheap, that's great, we can get acrylic paint here for £1, so just works out cheaper. The rest of the series is up now if you want a read, just click the Art Journaling series links from the categories on the right xxx
22/1/2017 03:00:53 pm
Just had a look at your blog, some great posts. Love your re-worked painting posts xx
4/2/2019 12:19:36 am
Mod Podge not modge podge
5/2/2019 05:27:10 pm
Oops, will correct it, thanks for letting me know x
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