Art journaling – Work with what you have

I remember back when I started with art journaling, I wanted to have all the art supplies in the world before even considering creating a journal page! Of course, it’s nice to have many various art supplies, but they should not prevent you from starting with art journaling. In fact, sometimes all you need are basic materials that you probably already have, like a regular sketchbook and a simple black marker, like this one I have bought from Ikea. Professional art supplies are not IKEA’s best products, but this is what I had around at that moment when I decided to “just draw a face”. I do have some Posca markers I love, but they leave too much amount of paint on the paper and don’t dry as fast as an ordinary marker.

If you are following me on YouTube, you have probably seen this already, I just didn’t have the time to post about it.

Work with what you have by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro
I like this one in particular because of those black horizontal lines that make her look like she’s wearing a tattoo… And I like her for her irregular face shape.

As you can see in this short video, I have used that “freestyle” I like to use when I don’t care too much about the final result and it’s then when I get amazing results. These pages are not meant to be masterpieces, they just offer a drawing experience and a way by which you can express yourself in an art journal.

This is my son’s sketchbook, he finished scribbling all the pages and now I feel I can add more to each page without the fear of ruining the paper 😉

Work with what you have by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro
Indeed! 💜❤️💜

Now imagine these faces with a layer or two on acrylic paint on top, they will have a different look as the paper has colored markers on one face and only a few marks on another! I’m thinking I could use some of them as collage in my junk journal to have a starting point – it’s nice to have a face already and go ahead directly with painting.

It’s so liberating to draw without high expectations
Keep on drawing

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What’s new in your art journal? What have you been drawing or painting? 🎨🎨🎨

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