Thursday, July 21, 2016

The 18/52 Art Journal Project July 21st | Topic 30 "Texture"

I cannot tell you how much I ADORE this spread this week!

July 21st | Topic 30

I had a certian visual in my head as to what the page was going to look like in the beginning, but it turned into something completely different. My whole mind set reacted differently and I completely enjoyed the result.

I added some gesso and acrylic paint to one side of the page and closed the book to smoosh everything together. I knew this was going to give me some sort of texture.

I also had gesso that had little dried flakes in it so it actually worked in my favor.

I scuffled in some of the turquoise blue paint in the corners.

Then added more gesso to calm it down and add more texture. Then I was stumped! I knew it was going to be abstract of course but I had no idea where to go next until I took the pink paint and added a small line to the bottom right blob on the page.

I added more lines upon more lines and LOOK...WHAT...HAPPENED!

I have never done this before and have never been more pleased with such a random result. Of all my random and spur of the moment pages in this project...this one is my favorite.

I then added some of the multicolored pencils around the edges of this abstract form just to give it some ground.

Then of course, I didn't want to loose it so with strips of under paper, desert ground and sky colored paint, little stamps of cactuses...I made the background a desert landscape. I know...who'd a thunk it!

Adding some shading with my black neocolor crayon below around the cactuses.

Then I loved this moment with the line of white dots...instantly my mind thought desert pearl which those two words sound AMAZING together. It's of no signifigance to the topic but I just thought it sounded pretty.

Pulling it all together, I colored in the cactuses with some pinks and blues to give it a slight twilightesque mood and it is finished! Oh I have found out something quite grand in this piece that I really want to continue in my other work. It's exciting to see 18/52 help further exploration of techniques to produce future paintings and artwork. Creating the abstract form was such a relaxing process and it shows me now how I can paint mountains in more of my style.

So where does the texture part come in Miranda? Well lets talk about it...what is texture?

Fine Arts.
The characteristic visual and tactile quality of the surface of a work of art resulting from the way in which the materials are used. 
The imitation of the tactile quality of represented objects.

With that in mind, it's both an imitation or visual quality of a tactile quality. That abstract form to me reminds me of glass, it looks smooth because of those clean lines. The edges of the abstract form and the desert ground are, if you look closely, very rough and crumbly. You can feel it as well if you run your fingers over it.

I think that when we are given the task to create texture we immediatly think to make it thick and high of rough, bumpy texture...or at least I do. Now I've got several different kinds of textures within this piece floating all over the place.

What kind of texture can you discover, smooth and rough? Of course there are infinate numbers of textures so see how many you can make? See what else you can discover that you can apply to future works. If your stumped as well, look back on your other pieces of your 18/52 journal and use them as inspiration. You'd be surprised what you will learn from yourself.

Alright, hope you all have enjoyed this weeks Topic 30.
Keep up the beautiful work as always and I would LOVE to see more work on the Facebook feed. 
Happy Creating Everyone!

May God Bless You and May You Bless God!


  1. Miranda!!! MY NEW FAVORITE art journal page ever!!! Love your teaching on creating textures!! Thank you! Loving the glass look! And so sweet to think of desert pearl with those white dots! Love your "twilightesque" cactii too. 💕💕💕

  2. Awwww, so pleased that you liked it! I really had fun with this one! Thank you for all your lovely compliments!