Art Journal. Why Magic? by Karen A. Scofield.

So I’m Doing Art Journaling Finally

A Few Sample Pages of My First Art Journal

Of course, it all starts with love, four words for love, then it covers reciprocity, examining what kind of power we have in our relationships from personal to public and political. After that, I talk about making reality according to will, because chances are, if we examine love, power, and reciprocity then we’ll want to make changes.

First, I experimented with backgrounds made with acrylic craft paints. There are some neon, glow, and fluorescent colors in there. I added some mica misters (sprays) on top on some pages but not others. Uni Posca paint pens and “Moonlight” Sakura Gelly Roll gel pens were used on all pages so far. These particular gel pens don’t have to be sealed once dried but the Posca paint pens remain water-soluble and do best with several layers of Krylon matte sealant for that reason. The spray sealant also happens to solve the issue of acrylic painted art journal pages tending to stick together.

I’m diving into some art journaling as I wait for my clay pieces to get fired. It’s taking quite some time as the art gallery’s kiln needed new parts and only recently got them. Because of that, they’re behind and still have to fire my pendants. I’m not doing anymore glazing until I know if this works out and what to expect.

Art Journal. Words for Love from Agape to Praxis. Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Art Journal. Words for Love from Agape to Praxis. Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

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Art Journal. Why Magic?

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Art Journal Spread "Words!" by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Art Journal Spread “Words!” by Karen A. Scofield. 2016.

Aphrodite Over Time. Goddess. Art Journaling. Grimoire is to spell or write. K. Scofield. 2016.

Aphrodite Over Time. Goddess. Art Journaling. Grimoire is to spell or write. K. Scofield. 2016.

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Art Journal. The Great Meta Goddess

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Art Journal. Equality.

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Art Journal Pages. Karen A. Scofield. 2016. Credit for Law of Magic goes to Isaac Bonewits.

Art Journal Pages. Karen A. Scofield. 2016. Credit for Law of Magic goes to Isaac Bonewits.

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What’s in My Art Travel Bag Video

Off to S. Dakota we go! Just the hubby and I, the rest of the household is staying home.

Contents of Fanny Pack Watercolor Travel Bag

  • 1 sample size Aveno Baby Eczema Therapy tube of handcream
  • 1 Altoid tin of eyeglass lens wipes
  • 3 Sharpie pens, 1 blue, 2 black, fine
  • Masking fluid
  • 1 tiny tube of table salt (used an old Pentech Liquiphite tube) for watercolor technique
  • 2 tiny spray bottles
  • 1 white gel pen
  • 1 mechanical pencil
  • 1 white Elmers Paint Pen
  • I Pigma Micron Pen
  • 2 large bull clips to hold pages down
  • 1 cotton kitchen towel
  • 1 tiny Strathmore sketchpad
  • 1 small Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor spiral notebook
  • 1, 6 stick set of Cretacolor leads, assorted (good for aux quatre crayons sketches)
  • 1, 6 stick set of Cretacoor charcoal leads
  • 1 Cretacolor Ergonomic lead holder (has built in kead sharpener!)
  • 3 nail files to help sharpen leads
  • cotton swabs
  • 1 large wash brush
  • 1 larger round brush
  • 5 or 6 cheap kids’ round paint brushes for masking fluid
  • 2 water brushes (they hold water in them!)
  • 1, 24 color Koi pocket watercolor field sketch box
  • 1 splatter screen
  • 1 oz bottle titanium white Golden Fluid Acrylic
  • 1 old tooth brush
  • 1, 11 oz. can Krylon workable fixative (ten years old and still working!)

I added the workable fixative, toothbrush, Cretacolor leads, Cretacolor lead holder, tube of salt, white fluid acrylics, and Sharpie pens after the video.

Raised Scratch Foam Designs in Polymer Clay

Raised Scratch Foam Polymer Clay Designs

Raised Scratch Foam Designs in Polymer Clay

Raised Scratch Foam Polymer Clay Design Test, with notes, by Karen A. Scofield

KarenAScofield Spriograph Clay Texture SheetsNote: This page will be updated as examples are made.

The above picture is only a simple and fast test. It’s not meant to be a prime example, just an example to get your creative juices flowing (and mine). It shows a moon shaped piece of clay with a raised scratch foam design that was colored with Pearl Ex.

I haven’t yet seen others doing it, but yes indeedy, spirographs can be used on scratch foam (Inovart Presto Foam Printing Plate was used in this case) with a ball point pen, ball stylus, or Sakura Gel Pen.

Back at it, Dec. 2016.

KarenAScofield Spriograph Clay Texture Sheets

spirograph clay texture sheet by Karen a Scofield

The Basic Idea

Create a design on scratch foam with a spirograph set and a ball point pen. Press  polymer clay into the design and lift. Add bead holes, etc. You’re looking for spirograph sets that won’t make unintended scratches on the scratch foam. Mine came with “The Spiral Draw” Book.

Taking it Further

Pointillism elements or entire designs be be added inside or around the spirograph design with a ball point pen or ball stylus. The result creates raised clay designs once clay is preseed into it.

Ball point styluses that come in varying sizes can be used for added interest and then needles or beed hole makers can be dragged across the surface, at a slant, to add on to the design too.

Scratch foam designs are probably more commonly used for printing monoprints and other techniques … and also by metal clay artists. They can be earthy/rustic looking or linear and crisp ones.

One can create a bezel complete with boarder designs, with scratch foam designs. What you indent on the foam will be raised on the clay. If you add dimensional writer designs to the scratch foam ones, the clay pressed into it will have both raised and indented designs.

If you use Sakura Gel Pens for the spirograph scratch foam deisgns, many of their inks are oqaque and therefore show up on darker clays. You can press the clay into the fresh scratch foam design and then bake. You may want to seal your design afterward.

Any manner of polymer clay extrusions, applique, relief sculpture, lace impressions/molds, designs for faux enamels, crackling, or designs made with cutters/blades can be applied over the spirograph textured clay passages. If you’re worried about pressing clay together to cause adhesion, because you don’t want to ruin more delicate designs, you may want to use liquid clay or Bake and Bond for adhesion purposes.

With single layer or multi layered scratch foam designs, you create mixed media mosaic tiles, embellishments, beads, and larger clay sheets. You can create molds of the larger clay sheets if you want.

Raised designs can be colored with paint, Sakura Gel Pen ink, inks, or Pearl Ex powders (which are a brand of mica powder). I’d apply paint to baked clay but Sakura Gel Pen, Pearl Ex, and alcohol inks can be applied to raw clay that’s then baked.

You may want to seal baked polymer clay items that have Pearl Ex mica powders or Gel Pens baked onto them. Varathane Water Based varnish is a wonderful sealant for polymer clay pieces.

Review: Canson Foundation Canva-Paper

This Canva-Paper took a lot of rough treatment, layers of paint, and barely, and I mean barely, buckled. It didn’t degrade or tear either.

Here’s what I did so far. I took a 12 x 16″ sheet of this Canva-Paper, taped it down with Frogtape Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape, and put down layers of Liquitex Basics acrylic paint (one of the best student grade acrylics paints out there), rubbed some off, laid down textures within the paint with the lovely Princeton Catalyst Blades (silicone blades are fun!), put down more layers of acrylic paint, rubbed off paint here and there, and added more layers of paint. I finally added some Liquitex Clear Gesso (which is kind of gritty) and then sanded the surface. And all of that on paper. Wow.

…Later, I did even more to this paper and it still stood up to all the treatments I did (more layers, more wiping, more sanding). I should have started working on this paper instead of trying to use cheap student canvas (paper) boards!

I’m going to try using Cretacolor leads on this in “aux quatre crayons” (white, black, brown, earthy red) or “aux trois crayons” (using just three of those colors) sketching style. I can do this with confidence because the buckling was so minimal.

I got my Canva-Paper pads at our local Michael’s craft store during a two-for-one sale, very happy with it, but wish they sold 18 x 24″ pads there.

Side Note: I hyperlink to dickblick.com product pages simply because they offer some of the best information on and classification of products (artist grade vs. student grade, oil based or water based) I’ve seen, plus you get to read reviews and maybe even see how people used the products…or weren’t able to. I’m not affiliated with dickblick.com in any way at this time.