Art Journal Inspiration from Guest Artist Ivy Newport

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



A special thank you from Somerset Place to Guest Artist Ivy Newport for providing this amazing art journal spread for today’s blog post. 

Hello there! I’m Ivy Newport and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be sharing with you today a recent art journaling spread that I did.

For me, art journaling is a visual way for me to express myself, experiment and play! Without the pressure or expectation of a finished piece of work this means of creative expression is both relaxing and cathartic.

So let me show you how I did it…

First of all, I LOVE using old, antique ledgers for my art journals. Sure, I have to tape them up and do some repair on them but the gorgeous vintage writing, old paper, and worn texture just makes me happy so I gently use them with the respect they deserve. They are pieces of history after all — since when can you get a dozen eggs for 15 cents! You can often find these ledgers on Etsy, Ebay, or at local antique stores.

Here are the supplies I used for this project:

STEP 1: Prepare Your Book

I use white gaff tape down the center of the page and then use clear gesso to prepare the paper. I often glue a few pages together with matte medium to create a more rigid substrate too. I like to use wax paper in between my pages while I work to protect the rest of the book.

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



STEP 2: Pick Your Colors & Collage Materials

While this all dries, I like to select my color palette. I love using color palettes to help define the theme of my spread, make my color choices easier and achieve color harmony and balance throughout the composition.

Based on my chosen color palette, I pull ephemera, photos, and words from my rather large collage stash that suit that family of colors. I also select paints (often acrylic craft paints) to use in the mix!

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



STEP 3: Collage

I begin to collage these papers in my art journal using matte meium as my glue. I try not to overthink this step (or any of them really!) and just allow myself to intuitively make decisions.

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



STEP 4: Paint Party

After I’m happy with my paper placement, I begin to rub paint no with my fingers. It’s messy but this helps me connect with the spread physically and I find it very relaxing. Plus, I love the soft blending that results from this technique.

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



Step 5: Mark Making

After I have some paint down I begin to use my black Stabilo pencil or black Micron pen to go in and sketch details and add contrast. This creates focal points and areas of interest. Again, I do this rather intuitively and trust in the knowledge that if I don’t like something I will simply collage or paint over it. This frees me up to explore mark making, random sketching, and writing.

*TIP*

To create a more fluid workflow, I often surround myself with my favorite mixed media materials — ink, charcoal, paint, etc. so that I can simply grab them as I feel the pull to use them. This is such a great way to really enjoy all your mixed media materials!

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



Paint over magazine images to make them your own. They can be great visual prompts to add further depth to your spread.

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



STEP 6: Keep Moving

I move around the spread working on areas that call to me and leaving alone others that need development. I try not to get hung up on one particular area but rather keep moving. This not only allows your mind to wander and relax but it creates a more cohesive finish.

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



*TIP*

Remember an art journal spread is not a finished piece of art on a canvas or board that will be hung on the wall, so let yourself get loose and remove expectations of the work. Let it evolve organically. (It also helps to have a really cute kitten next to you helping you work! lol! That’s my new kitten, Leo, next to me!)

STEP 7: White Details

I absolutely love to add fine white paint details and marks to my pieces so I often use my Fine Tip Paint Applicator to do just that! If you don’t have one of these you need to get one!

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



*TIP*

These days most of us have countless photos on our phone. Consider getting these printed out to use in your art journals. It’s very inexpensive and such a wonderful way to use personal images in your work. Coat with a layer of matte medium or clear gesso and you can paint right on that photo too! Also look for words, phrases, song lyrics, etc. that resonate with you. These can make powerful statements in your work.

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



Guest Artist Ivy Newport



Here is the finished spread. I absolutely loved creating it on a rainy afternoon!

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



 

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process for this art journaling project. I hope you will pick up your own art journals and go create!

 

Thanks to Stampington and Company for inviting me to post on your beautiful blog!

xo,

Ivy

ivynewport.com

 

Guest Artist Ivy Newport has been published in Somerset Apprentice Spring 2015, Somerset Digital Studio Spring 2015, Artful Blogging Summer 2013, Somerset Digital Studio Spring 2013, and Somerset Apprentice Spring 2012.

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13 Responses to “Art Journal Inspiration from Guest Artist Ivy Newport”

  1. Carolyn Hokkanen-Hawkins says:

    Love what you did….I am new at this type of art journaling and I am absorbing everything like a sponge. You showed me some things that I can go back and do on some pages I have done to create more interest!!
    Thank you!!

  2. Irene Cortez says:

    Love your pages. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. Rosalie says:

    There is such delightful freedom in the artist work. I love the finished pages.

  4. Amanda says:

    I love this! This inspires me to pick back up my art journaling!

  5. Bev Baird says:

    Love your journal spread Ivy – and the tutorial of its creation. Wonderful tips!

  6. elle says:

    I’m struggling with my journaling and this has been enlightening! thanks!

  7. Iris says:

    Wow Ivy this is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve recently been experimenting with a similar style, very free in an altered book, and your post has given me lots of ideas for things to try.

  8. Joi@RR says:

    Ivy – this is FABULOUS. Wow. Love the colors and all the textures. You are soooo talented. Thanks bunches for such a super tutorial too. j.

  9. Lois Romeo says:

    A wonderful lesson. You do beautiful work. If and when I try something similar, it won’t be beautiful like yours but I feel very inspired by yours! Thanks so much!

  10. Cathy says:

    Ivy, I have absolutely fallen in love with your suggestions, art work, and techniques. I am new to Art Journaling and would be classed as a novice. You have given me such wonderful ideas. Love the fact that you use old ledgers. Thank you for such useful, beautiful ideas.

  11. Absolutely stunning! And your tutorial is amazingly well done. I learned so much! Thank you!

  12. Kathy Clark says:

    Thank you so much for this step by step lesson!!

  13. I just discovered your tutorials and am just amazed at your intuitive talent! Thank you for sharing to inspire! Blessings, Ivy!

    Elizabeth

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Guest Artist Ivy Newport



A special thank you from Somerset Place to Guest Artist Ivy Newport for providing this amazing art journal spread for today’s blog post. 

Hello there! I’m Ivy Newport and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be sharing with you today a recent art journaling spread that I did.

For me, art journaling is a visual way for me to express myself, experiment and play! Without the pressure or expectation of a finished piece of work this means of creative expression is both relaxing and cathartic.

So let me show you how I did it…

First of all, I LOVE using old, antique ledgers for my art journals. Sure, I have to tape them up and do some repair on them but the gorgeous vintage writing, old paper, and worn texture just makes me happy so I gently use them with the respect they deserve. They are pieces of history after all — since when can you get a dozen eggs for 15 cents! You can often find these ledgers on Etsy, Ebay, or at local antique stores.

Here are the supplies I used for this project:

STEP 1: Prepare Your Book

I use white gaff tape down the center of the page and then use clear gesso to prepare the paper. I often glue a few pages together with matte medium to create a more rigid substrate too. I like to use wax paper in between my pages while I work to protect the rest of the book.

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



STEP 2: Pick Your Colors & Collage Materials

While this all dries, I like to select my color palette. I love using color palettes to help define the theme of my spread, make my color choices easier and achieve color harmony and balance throughout the composition.

Based on my chosen color palette, I pull ephemera, photos, and words from my rather large collage stash that suit that family of colors. I also select paints (often acrylic craft paints) to use in the mix!

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



STEP 3: Collage

I begin to collage these papers in my art journal using matte meium as my glue. I try not to overthink this step (or any of them really!) and just allow myself to intuitively make decisions.

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



STEP 4: Paint Party

After I’m happy with my paper placement, I begin to rub paint no with my fingers. It’s messy but this helps me connect with the spread physically and I find it very relaxing. Plus, I love the soft blending that results from this technique.

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



Step 5: Mark Making

After I have some paint down I begin to use my black Stabilo pencil or black Micron pen to go in and sketch details and add contrast. This creates focal points and areas of interest. Again, I do this rather intuitively and trust in the knowledge that if I don’t like something I will simply collage or paint over it. This frees me up to explore mark making, random sketching, and writing.

*TIP*

To create a more fluid workflow, I often surround myself with my favorite mixed media materials — ink, charcoal, paint, etc. so that I can simply grab them as I feel the pull to use them. This is such a great way to really enjoy all your mixed media materials!

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



Paint over magazine images to make them your own. They can be great visual prompts to add further depth to your spread.

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



STEP 6: Keep Moving

I move around the spread working on areas that call to me and leaving alone others that need development. I try not to get hung up on one particular area but rather keep moving. This not only allows your mind to wander and relax but it creates a more cohesive finish.

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



*TIP*

Remember an art journal spread is not a finished piece of art on a canvas or board that will be hung on the wall, so let yourself get loose and remove expectations of the work. Let it evolve organically. (It also helps to have a really cute kitten next to you helping you work! lol! That’s my new kitten, Leo, next to me!)

STEP 7: White Details

I absolutely love to add fine white paint details and marks to my pieces so I often use my Fine Tip Paint Applicator to do just that! If you don’t have one of these you need to get one!

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



*TIP*

These days most of us have countless photos on our phone. Consider getting these printed out to use in your art journals. It’s very inexpensive and such a wonderful way to use personal images in your work. Coat with a layer of matte medium or clear gesso and you can paint right on that photo too! Also look for words, phrases, song lyrics, etc. that resonate with you. These can make powerful statements in your work.

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



Guest Artist Ivy Newport



Here is the finished spread. I absolutely loved creating it on a rainy afternoon!

Guest Artist Ivy Newport



 

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process for this art journaling project. I hope you will pick up your own art journals and go create!

 

Thanks to Stampington and Company for inviting me to post on your beautiful blog!

xo,

Ivy

ivynewport.com

 

Guest Artist Ivy Newport has been published in Somerset Apprentice Spring 2015, Somerset Digital Studio Spring 2015, Artful Blogging Summer 2013, Somerset Digital Studio Spring 2013, and Somerset Apprentice Spring 2012.

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