I've been gone awhile - hope it's okay to just bump this thread. I looked first to make sure it was the only thread on the subject.
I started an art journal this year. I just used an old workbook for the pages. I have heard some art journalers take a fatter book and then tear out about 5-10 pages and leave one, repeat etc. so as to leave room for gluing on layers and embellishments. But I decided to just get started and deal with the thickness issue later. So when it needed it, I separated the pages and made a new spine out of cardboard.
It's kind of like a scrapbook - I'd collected a lot of collage stuff, ephemera, etc. - had so much on hand I just started putting it into the journal fast and without overthinking it. The result is I have many pages that still have plenty of blank space or otherwise can be layered and reworked as much as my imagination allows. I'm having a blast with it.
Acrylic paint, Prismacolor pencils...sometimes I use watercolor with these, inspired by deep space nebulae photos by NASA. Very exciting to do `cause I have to stay alert for things that might happen on the paper, happy accidents which happens with this style, fun to do. Once they dry I come back in with the color pencils and bring stuff out that I see.
Hi pencils! I love NASA photos too! Subscribe to Jet Propulsion Laboratory on my Facebook page. Also Space.com.
I also like things like oil rainbows in a puddle and interesting patterns of color and form in nature. My art is non-representational but my inspiration is often from organic or other processes I observe in the world.
And of course from letting the medium (or media) I'm working with do what it wants and then finding a point where I want to jump in and start tweaking with it to bring out what I find interesting and exciting in color, pattern, composition, etc.
Oh, now i've found you, perfect forum. I have so much to talk about but is there anybody here to tal with and listen to? I dont think many people are really interested in what I do . I want to see more of the type of art that Would appear in this section.
I have only used ordinary canvas thus far - you might post a thread about hemp canvas in the Oil Painting (or Acrylic Painting) section(s) of the board - perhaps someone there has had experience with it. Good luck!