After a month and a half of worrying, waiting, and just hanging in there, I FINALLY felt the urge to start making art again. It’s still slow going, but I wanted to show off what I’m working on and what I plan to do in the next week. I’m calling it “work-in-progress Wednesday,” and I’ll be posting each week with my current art project!
Want to join in? Leave a comment or link to your own post about what you’re working on this week.
There’s a huge stack of old magazines in my closet. I saved them to use in collages and gluebooks, but unfortunately. they no longer match my art style. Since I don’t particularly want to just throw them away, I thought I’d try turning them into junk journals!
There’s a really great video on Youtube from Jamie Ridler Studios about turning magazines into junk journals, and I used that as my inspiration. So far I’ve got the base done and am working on prepping the pages for mixed media art/collage.
So you can see I’ve got the magazine cut down to size, I’ve ripped out half the pages (to make room for collage), and I’ve started adding a paint layer. I’m using my collection of Dylusions paints, specifically because they’re thin and slightly translucent.
I’m trying to keep the pages from wrinkling as much as possible, so I’m using an old gift card to slap some paint on and spread it thinly around the page. So far it’s working great! I only have one wrinkly page, and that’s because I caved and used some acrylic sap green.
Now that I’ve got a good amount of pages pre-painted, I’m going to start “finishing” pages, e.g. adding stencils, collage, and text. It’ll be very interesting to see if I can convert this 2010s magazine into my current art style– grunge-y vintage. Wish me luck!
I’d like to keep working in my magazine junk journal, but I also want to work on a junk mail journal I put together a few months ago. It’s part of a DIY instructional post I’m working on, and I really want to have more of it done to round off the post…so I need to get cracking on that.
I’d also like to make another page in my current gluebook!
What are you currently working on?