I was cruising around cyberspace several months ago and was reminded of my interest being piqued months before that by a blurb from mixed media artist Cathy Bluteau. I had briefly seen an image of a unique approach she took to doing some grid-based art journaling. When I came across it for the second time, I decided to investigate and ended up taking her online class.
You can find out more about her class here:
Cathy Bluteau Sneak Peek Video
Here is the finished page. It is in a 9" X 12" Strathmore journal.
|Finished Journal Page - 9" X 12"|
I just marveled at how easy this unique process was once Cathy showed me the way. You just draw out squares and rectangles to fill your page, then you fill those shapes with all kinds of things, using all kinds of techniques.
I colored in all of the squares and rectangles first with markers (Spectrum Noir and Faber Castell Pitt Pens). I tried to stick to a limited palette of colors - purple, pink, red, orange, gold and yellow. After that was all done, then the real fun began! I did some zentangle-inspired doodling, some funky lettering and then went to town on the collage/mixed media end of things. I used all kinds of recycled materials and things that had been sitting around my studio just waiting to find a home. Assorted graphics cutouts, old stickers and office supplies, dimensional paint, salvaged scrapbooking embellishments, vintage dictionary text, quilling paper and much more. It was hard to know when to stop and honestly, I could still keep on going with it.
I will certainly be using Cathy's fabulous technique again for future journal pages.
Here are a couple more photos with close-ups of various areas of the page.
|Upper Left Of Journal Page|
|Upper Right Of Journal Page|
|Bottom Left Of Journal Page|
|Bottom Right Of Journal Page|