Friday, 6 April 2012
… and thinking things through.
This month’s theme at Art Journal Journey is HANDWRITING. I’ve loved writing in any shape or form since I was a little girl (and defaced every book we had in the house - oops!) I thought I’d have a go. NOT as easy as I thought. I’m never happy with my writing in something like this anyway, but I’m becoming increasingly frustrated with my pens – and I have a few, ahem! I think I need to start working in my A4 journals if I’m to get the effects I want, but for now, these are my A5 efforts.
This is one of my favourite quotations and reads (cos you can’t really read it very clearly) ‘What you do speaks to loudly I can’t hear what you say’.
This one is my ponderings about something which happened at work this week.
And this one’s about a decision I have to make (about work). I really don’t like making decisions!
I used a variety of mediums, starting with inks and chalks, adding bits of ink, water soluble oil pastels and Tombow pens, then finishing off with Prisma Pencils.
I’ve decided I much prefer the correction pens for white highlights, but I find them really difficult to control because you have to squeeze at the same time as writing/doodling and unfortunately that isn’t good for my hands and I tend to lose control because of it. My white gel pens (Signo) only work in a limited way and the Posca is too thick (and uncontrollable) for what I want, despite ordering the thinner one.
I tried some new Pigma black pens but ended up using my Promarker, despite the fact that it’s a little too thick for more than a couple of words and none of them seem to like gel medium or chalks or oil pastels – hence the frustration. If you have any recommendations, I’d be grateful. I’ve tried Sharpies and all sorts of others so far.
Far from perfect but I had fun making these and while I may not have come to any decisions, it’s good to get things down on paper and to start using lettering, although I’ll probably revert to stamps whenever I can.
Hope you’re all having a lovely break!