Monday, May 12, 2014

April Journals

I just got back to my studio a few days ago, so my April journal pages, for Journal52, are a bit late in posting. But I am still proud of myself for continuing to do them! I fell WAY behind with Danny Gregory's Sketchbook Skool, and then Lilla Roger's MATS Bootcamp started up again. Egads - what was I thinking!?

Week 13 - How Does Your Garden Grow?

Tangled Garden - © Sandy Steen Bartholomew

At this time - there was no garden growing, so I was inspired by a mural in my living room and a blog post on Busy Mockingbird (love that blog!!) where she uses fingerprints and stamp pads to do pointillism with her daughter... yeah! My piece was drawn with a sharpie Pen, then "painted" using my fingertips and Colorbox pigment ink pads.

Week 14 - Rain or Shine
Rain or Shine - © Sandy Steen Bartholomew
We had snow on the back patio that I didn't think would ever melt. The rain would come and wash off the top layer and leave yucky, dirty caverns of ice...

I splashed watercolor blobs on a sheet and then sprayed it with water until it ran and bled. Thinking it looked too wet... I pressed a piece of copy paper against it to blot the drips. Not what I intended... but this is the blotter sheet pressed against the "real" art. I liked the way it looked rainy and icy. 

Week 15 - Party Animals 
Party Animal - © Sandy Steen Bartholomew
Just say "No" to catnip! This one was drawn with Papermate ballpoint pen and my new love - Bic Cristal Pens in color. Drool. They glide... but beware of blops. 

Week 16 - Recycled Art

Since I was traveling and didn't have access to all the junk and old art in my studio... I used "junk" from the beach. I photographed the stones, driftwood and cool, wing-shaped shell, on the apartment table (above). I like the way the basic photo looks - but when I got back to my studio, I printed the photo onto Sheer Heaven, transferred it to mixed media paper and embellished with colored pencils and washi tape.

Recycled Art - © Sandy Steen Bartholomew


  1. Love your work! I'm doing Journal52 as well. Your party animal is the best! :D

  2. I must do this with my kids! They will love it!



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