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A Peek Inside My Art Journal: Chalk Pastels

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I’ve had a box of chalk pastels sitting on my art desk for over a year now. I remember as I child my mother had a box of these colorful chalks and they were messy but vibrant and I loved them. I’ve kept this untouched box on my desk thinking that one day I’d play with them, even if just for nostalgia sake. A couple weeks ago I did just that. I had been working on a drawing inspired by Jane Davenport’s book “Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces” and I decided since I was playing with sketches in my art journal that I’d give the chalk pastels a try.

I fell immediately in love!! They are messy! But after watching a couple YouTube videos I quickly got the hang of them.

Sketch in art journal

Chalk pastels in art journal

 

Sketch in art journal

Chalk pastels in art journal

After I finished both of these pieces I sprayed them with hairspray to lock down the chalk so they wouldn’t smear. Once the hairspray hit the chalk the color exploded. It’s truly one of my favorite parts. It changes the color…darkens it quite a bit, but I dig it.

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Chalk Pastels

 

Fashion Zentangle by Heidi Cogdill

A Peek Inside My Sketchbook: Fashion Zentangles

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Fashion Zentangles are not only beautiful but they are very soothing and relaxing to create.

Zentangle designs, although very relaxing to create, can be very overwhelming to my eye. Because there is so much going on I like to use fewer zentangles in my art pieces. I like for them to flow with the feel of the piece or for the zentangle to act as the fabric.

I’ve recently moved from straight white paper and black pen to using other mediums to create my fashion zentangles.

Fashion Zentangle by Heidi Cogdill

Fashion Zentangle by Heidi Cogdill

This fashion zentangle is done in my art journal. I used gesso to cover the gloss page and then used off white and light pink acrylic over that. Once it was completely dried I used the cover of the very first Bella Grace magazine as inspiration to draw with graphite pencil the outline of a girl standing in the wind. Then using zentangles I filled in her scarf, which for me was the focal point. It needed a pattern that showed movement. Then I added a few zentangle patterns to the dress, but I didn’t want this to overwhelm the eye or distract fro the scarf.

Fashion Zentangle by Heidi Cogdill

Gesso over glossy art journal book page, then applied thick, messy brush strokes of blue, which allowed for some of the paper and gesso to show through. With black micron pens I drew the outline of a woman squatting down. This time I wanted the zentangles to look like the pattern on the fabric.

Fashion Zentangle by Heidi Cogdill

This is another one zentangle dress. Using only one pattern I sketched out the skirt and then with colored pencils I colored in her skin, face, hair, etc. I loved the idea of seeing the page/words through the dress. And the colored pencils offered such a soft and smooth contrast to the dark black of the dress.

Fashion Zentangle by Heidi Cogdill

This piece I wanted to include more zentangle patterns, but again wanted it to blend into the entire piece rather than overwhelm or distract. It almost looks like fabric.

 

Art Journaling – DLP week 9 – 5 layers

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February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 28
Art Challenge:  Using at Least Five Layers
Journal Prompt:  Give Me a  High Five

This week’s DLP challenge was a challenge for me. I started with a layer of magazine images that were cut in pie shaped pieces…almost like sun rays on the page. I felt in love with the colors that I didn’t want to cover it.

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

Second layer was with gesso, which I applied with a paintbrush and then wiped off with a paper towel.

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

Third layer I cut out a flower from a magazine and with a black marker doodles over the top of it.

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

Layer four with acrylic paint I added lines and doodles around the page. I then dipped the brush in water and splattered paint around the page.

Layer five I used white sharpie paint pen to add more doodles and writing.

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

DLP week 9 - 5 layers

Art Journaling – DLP wk 2 – Gesso

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January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!
January 10
Art Challenge:  Gesso
Journal Prompt:  “The beginning is always today.” -Mary Shelley

DLP week 2 Gesso

 

I started by covering the blank page with a layer of gesso, then spreading out acrylic paint over that.

I used gesso to create circles and then covered the pencil sketch of the girl.

DLP week 2 Gesso

 

With Gelato crayons I filled in the circles.

I used acrylic paint to finish the girl.

With graphite pencil I traced around each circle and then smudged to create shading.

I used a circle stamp and white acrylic paint to add more texture to the page.

Then added more gesso in a few places before finishing with letter stickers to add my song lyrics.

DLP week 2 Gesso