Friday, March 5, 2010

Back Cover Of My New Year Journal

This is the back cover of my January 2010 New Year's Journal. I started following along with Misty Mawn's journaling prompt and got lost somewhere along the way. I finished her entire January Journaling assignments last year, managing to create something in a journal every day. This year it took me clear into February to finish. It's OK though as I am pleased with this journal. I made it myself using Teesha Moore's tutorial. I used some different techniques and even worked through something that was bothering me. So this little 8x9 1/2" 12 page journal has taught me many things and I've had fun with it.

This drawing is inspired by Picasso. I definitely need practice with proportions. LOL! I wanted to make it my own so I added a watch to one wrist and bracelets to the other. Now that I look at it I think they each need a ring or two. And that yellow flower needs a smiley face. :)

Thanks to Tristan of Enchanted Revelry I got to play with Caran D'Ache Watersoluble Crayons. I love them. So would anyone care to tell me what watersoluble means? Can I get the colors wet and paint/blend with them? I'm afraid to try anything other than coloring because I don't want to ruin them or mess them up. Oh geez, now I feel really ignorant. I'm just being honest here. I really don't know what all I could do with them. He sent me the Neocolor II set and the colors are wonderful. OK, enough about the crayons....

So here's a thought, What if you bought or picked a bunch of flowers and gave them to a stranger?

Maybe the person behind you in the check out line,

Or the next person on the street that smiles at you,

Or your day care provider on her day off,

Or the waiter at your favorite bistro,

Or the librarian,

Or, Or, Or,

Have fun with this one. A random act of kindness can be contagious.

Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Yourself,



Christy said...

Yep you guessed it, water-soluble means you write/draw with them like a regular crayon, then go back with a brush or even just a bit of wet paper towel or a finger and the crayon drawing becomes watercolor. Get some scrap paper and give it a go. You will love them.

Martha Lever said...

Hi Tess,
This is a wonderful page. If you added just a bit of water over them with a wet brush these crayons would turn into watercolors. You should try it. They are wonderful and very vibrant. Practice first on something so you can see the results first. i think you would like them when water is added.

juanita de la vega said...

Nice work, Theresa! I will love to make an art journal too...

winnsangels said...

I totally LOVE the caran d'ache crayons. I own many of them - use them quite frequently. The way I first encountered them was for face paint. They are fabulous for painting a face white or whatever colour you desire. Fabulous for the "Alice in Wonderland" characters and their creation. But the thing which the others did not mention is that you can dip them in water before you put them on a page. That way you can have more control. If you want to cover a large area you peel the wrapper off and go over as much of the page as you want. Then go over with the brush, I prefer foam brushes. The crayons are perfect for creating backgrounds. Then if you want to use the pointy part for some finer lines it works also. If you want you can blend more water over top for fun to see the effects.
YES! You just gave me a fabulous idea for a new blog post tutorial - how to use caran d'ache. I'll try to get it up soon. Much more I could tell you.

Hoping you are feeling better. Thanks for the encouragement at my blog.
Angels be with you.

lori vliegen said...

hi tess.....i LOVE your journal, it's fabulous!! and it looks like you've already received lots of great advice about the crayons. i think you'll love using them with the water. and if you ever come across watercolor pencils, they work the same way as the crayons! keep having fun! :))

Valrie said...


Love the journal, I could never attempt that. I wanted to invite you back to my site after the OWOH event. I have a fun Spring giveaway going on and am looking for a few Good Eggs to join in the fun!

My HEART is filled with poetry these days and have posted many new poems.

Come visit soon!


Linda said...

Hope you enjoy playing with the watercolour crayons!
Thanks for the comment Tess.

Martha Lever said...

Hi Tess,
You're so made me laugh! Have a great weekend!

peggy gatto said...

A wonderful thought and joyful painting!!