Saturday, July 17, 2010

Let's Talk Markers (Motherhood Art Journal Page)

I made this art journal page to capture some of the feelings about motherhood I mentioned in my post yesterday.  The journaling includes the quote from yesterday, as well as two others:
* “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren and
*“She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along.” Margaret Culkin Banning.  I found these and other great motherhood quotes at this website.

The Gingersnap Supply Challenge for this month is "markers."  When I first started scrapbooking, I bought about a dozen pigma thin point markers to use for journaling and doodling.  As I got into stamping, I bought another couple dozen brush markers (mostly zig and close to my heart) to make multi-colored stamped images and to color-in images.  Over time, I realized that I don't really like coloring things in.  It's just really not for me. So, I don't do it very often.  When I do, I tend to use a water brush and either twinkling H2O's or radiant pearls.  I love the look that people like Jacky achieve with markers on their cards, but I just don't have the patience for it.  So, I have steadfastly refused to invest in more markers or enter the world of "copic" markers, which seem to be the latest and greatest marker on the market. 
I did want to make a marker creation, though, so I thought I would try using markers for a background technique called "not-quite-white" that I love but find a bit tedious to do with paint.  The markers worked great!  The background technique is one favored by the impressionists and which I used in an art journal page I posted here.  You basically add small dashes of pastel paint onto a white background to make it not-quite-white.  I will definitely use markers instead of paints for this background in the future.  I also used markers to color my stamped images and to doodle around the edge.  All-in-all, I ended up really happy with this page and glad I broke out my markers.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on markers!

8 comments:

Amy said...

I have to say - and this will not be surprising - I have no markers. I love the stamped look with the markers but it is one area I have not got in to - a bit like quilt making. I 'd love to sew quilts but I'm feeling that it is a whole new set of equipment to purchase and then I would need the space and the extra time and so on!

Deb said...

Lovely page, Rinda, and again, great quotes!

I have a few markers but rarely use them. I have done some coloring with colored pencils recently and that's pretty fun.

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Wonderful. I just love your creativity and look forward to your art each day. :)

PS... Those freckly hand with the daisies yesterday were my husbands. :) He has had 45 years to collect them. LOL!

Cheri said...

the technique works wonderfully on this page and I love those quotes!

scrappyjacky said...

This page is lovely,Rinda...the markers have been used to great effect.
Thanks for the thumbs up....but I'm afraid I have to admit [and probably shouldn't]...that I don't exactly love colouring either....what I love is the end effect...'the end justifies the means' sort of thing.....I spend far more time on putting the card together than on the colouring.... you may have noticed...I virtually never colour on my scrapbook pages.
P.S.it is our first granchild...and yes, I'm very excited about it!

humel said...

This is gorgeous :-) For reasons I can't go into I'm really feeling my motherhood today so I can very much relate to this post!

I have a few markers but have barely used them so far - I keep meaning to...

Karen said...

These quotes are so apt, and it doesn't change when your kids become adults! I'm a fan of Copic markers although I'm still trying to perfect my use of them. Earlier I used Tomboy markers and I've kept them around so I can use them directly on stamps, but I would never use them to color an image now since the Copics work so much better. Recently I've gotten into using my colored pencils because that's what we're using in the drawing class I'm taking.

Gingersnap Stampers said...

What a beautiful page! Thanks for joining us at Gingersnap Creations!