Creating Art Journal

Designing Backgrounds

All our preparation yesterday was towards an art journal project! Today we are starting that project by making backgrounds for the pages of an art journal.

When the journal is made, we are going to make art in different ways on each page. However, the pages we work on won’t be plain white paper, instead, they will be exciting backgrounds of colours and patterns we will make now.

Here we go…

  • Create at least ten pages in total.
  • Paint different backgrounds on your paper.
  • Don’t forget to paint both sides of the paper!
  • Suggestions: Paint one side of the paper first, then let it dry overnight before you paint the next side.
  • Use different colours on each side.
  • You do not have to cover each piece of paper completely, it is fine to have some white spaces and shapes, but there must be some paint on every side of the paper.
  • Use two or more colours on each side of the paper – the more the better.
NB. These films were made for students of Craftworks College

Inspiration for backgrounds

  • Why not use some tissue paper? Tear it up into different shapes and use the PVA glue mixed with water to stick them to your page.
  • Have a go at painting inside some shapes to create a pattern, or painting on top of shapes to create white spaces. Remember, nothing is a bad idea when it comes to painting backgrounds.
  • Try and make ten pages for your journal, painted or decorated on each side – if you make more, that’s fine!

These painted pages are much more interesting to draw on than just a plain white page!

These have been painted with a red and yellow background but some circle shapes have been left unpainted. Once the background was dry, they drew round the circles in black pen and added some splats and swirls of paint, until the whole thing looked really good!

Part three coming next week!

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