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Mixed Media Art Journaling Inspired by Shark Week

Couldn't get sharks off the brain so they ended up in my art journal! Captured it all on video too! Inspired by Discovery Channel's Shark Week

What’s swimming around in my head? Sharks thanks to Discovery Channel‘s recent Shark Week. Brought back all sorts of nostalgia for me since I remember when it all began. Yes, I’m that old. I am amazed by these creatures…but it’s not like I want to swim with them in the open seas. I am a big chicken after all.

Whatever is in my head often ends up in my art journal and this was no exception! Of course, I’m opting for the not-perfectly-scientific-representation of the ocean and sharks…I need my rainbow after all!

Come and join me for a dose of play in this video where I’m sharing about using a fluid paint such as Dylusions with a stencil and how long it takes for some art journal pages to come together…and more!

Watch Art Journaling Inspired by Discovery Channel’s Shark Week on YouTube.

 

I remember Shark Week from when I was a kid so I decided to make a video and art journal page in honor of it

 

The deli paper from cleaning off my stencils. Instead of running my stencils under water or scrubbing, all I do is immediately blot off any wet paint onto scrap paper or in this case, deli paper.

The stencils I used are from my Layer Me Collection: Pebbles, Iron Grate, and Connected Eyes.

 

I remember Shark Week from when I was a kid so I decided to make a video and art journal page in honor of itI made my own stencil on card stock by tracing some sharks then cutting it out with an Exacto knife.

You can see how much fun I’ve had with this stencil based on all the spray ink on it. Paper stencils don’t last forever, even if I coat them with gesso or gel medium, so I tend to only cut simple and quick shapes by hand.

I remember Shark Week from when I was a kid so I decided to make a video and art journal page in honor of it

 

Touches of white create the details on the sharks, and tracing around the edges of them evens out any runny paint.

I used a fineline applicator with white ink in it to create the gills and eyes, and a Stabilo pencil to outline.

I remember Shark Week from when I was a kid so I decided to make a video and art journal page in honor of it

 

Sharks need water, so I added the waves with a fountain pen. I’m finding fountain pens can take a bit more abuse than felt tipped markers and give me fine details.

I remember Shark Week from when I was a kid so I decided to make a video and art journal page in honor of it

 

 

 

For the title, I had green letters. They were fine, but I wanted pink. No problem! I just painted them…with my fingers of course!

With all this color and the silly grins they have, I’m seeing more Jabber Jaw than scary shark in this!

 

I remember Shark Week from when I was a kid so I decided to make a video and art journal page in honor of it

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  • Jean Marmo July 19, 2015, 7:28 pm

    Just loving your sharks!! The penguin was also super cute! Thanks for all the ideas and inspiratioN!