This art journal page was really an exploration of ways to create visual texture. My inspiration was a painting I did for Life Book last year because I like the visual imagery of flame and ash. I actually thought to take progress shots of this art journal page so I can show the different stages of its creation. I started with a really simple line drawing.
To create the background texture, I scraped some orange paint onto the page with an old hotel room card. I then used that same card to lift up some of the paint from the page so that it created some texture, sort of feathering and ripples. To create the texture on the torso, I painted it black and then layered some red paint over the top. Before the red paint had fully dried, I pressed down some damp paper onto the surface so that it lifted up some of the paint and created a visual texture that I hoped would be reminiscent of charring.
The final element of visual texture was my old friend spatter. I spattered some black and red paint to create the idea of ash and embers floating upwards from the flames.
I liked the effect of all of the techniques I used in this page. It might be a bit much that I used them all at once but maybe it works for my thematic purposes. I am definitely pleased that the finished page still resembles my initial sketch as that has not always been the case.
Hi Laura, I love the boldness of the portrait and figure. The orange spatter texture is a perfect combination. Thank you so sharing your process, I’m always interested in the techniques of art making. Have a happy day.
Thanks, Sharon. I’m always intrigued to see others’ approaches, processes, and techniques but I so rarely think to record my process.
I really appreciated seeing your process, too, and the result is great. I don’t think that it’s too many techniques, as they all come together so well. Definitely fire and ash and drama!
Thanks, Ellie. I’m glad you think the finished page is cohesive.
I think it turned out well! Visual content and texture both work together to make a whole. Good job!
Oooh, great step-by-step… And I love all that texture. I’m also intrigued by your lady’s intense, amber stare!
Thanks. I actually intended to add a darker layer over the eyes but decided I liked them as they were.