Journaling Lessons

This month I am taking my friend Jane LaFazio’s online class entitled, “Sketching and Watercolor in a Mixed Media Journal.”  The three things I get out of her classes are learning about new tools, getting the motivation to actually sit down and draw/paint, and learning to compose better.  The class shares photos and critiques online, so it’s like being in a class on your own time.

Our work is done in a mixed media journal, which has heavy paper capable of handling wet media.  The new tools for me besides the mmj are spray gesso and absorbent ground, neither of which I’ve ever tried.  Jane has us draw from things around us, like nature and things from our closets.

Here is my first drawing from nature, a wild pomegranate.  I drew it from all angles, then abstracted it for use as a stamp pattern (we also make our own stamps).


This drawing has a plain paper background, but we also spent a week preparing backgrounds for future drawings/paintings.  These subtle backgrounds are made from stencils, spray gesso, watercolors, and absorbent ground.  My biggest difficulty is waiting for the watercolor/gesso/absorbent ground to dry overnight!  Here is a sample background made with laminated pages from a Crate and Barrel catalog and my new artichoke stamp.


This is my first drawing on a prepared background, drawn on a very rainy day last weekend:


All of these drawings become very personal, so it doesn’t matter how good they are, because they bring back memories of all kinds.


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  1. janelafazio said

    and beautiful pages they are, dear Loris! xoxoxo

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