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« on: August 09, 2015 02:07:21 AM »

It's been a few years since I've really drawn anything, since school and work have been keeping me pretty busy.  Lately, though, I've been starting to miss it, and I've been seeing art journals everywhere, and they look fun and something you can do in between other things. So this is the first page from my art journal - first time I've used collage in my drawings as well, and I've been finding it very liberating, although it poses problems of its own - pencils and pens don't really take to shiny magazine paper. Anyone has tips any for that?

Made with acrylics, collage, pen and coloured pencils.

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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2015 09:06:04 AM »

Beautiful!  I am looking forward to seeing more of your pages!!

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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2015 09:06:59 AM »

Lovely! Great effect.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2015 02:07:21 PM »

Might a single layer of gesso give you the texture you need without obliterating too much detail?
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2015 08:31:39 PM »

Thank you!
Antidigger: wouldn't gesso give the same effect as the magazine paper? I mean, can you actually use pen on it? I thought it wouldn't absorb it.
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2015 03:10:49 AM »

Nothing like an experiment: my cheap acrylic gesso sticks well to the glossiest magazine pages that I could find in the recycling bin, leaves a thin white haze over the top of the picture which is more visible on the darker sections but still easy to read the fine print through. All the pens I commonly use for drawing work with no issues (chunky markers, fine point markers and cheap kids felt tips). Oh, poster paint, biro & pencil work okay as well.

I can't speak for charcoal, pastels, water colours (straight or pencils) alcohol inks or specific brand names, but nothing I have tried has failed.
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2015 07:41:55 AM »

This is great. I also can't wait to see more!
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2015 08:33:29 PM »

kwality570: thank you!
Antidigger: I'll give gesso a try then. Thank you!
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