There are times when I cannot afford to do that. Literally. Like when I have some new art supplies and I don't want to waste any of it. Or when I am working on unique paper, that cannot be replaced. Or especially if I am working in someone else's journal.
When I need to know what will happen with a particular art technique, I go to my Practice Journal. That's where I play around with ideas, supplies, and questions. I record my findings in the journal and refer back to it often. (I have a lousy memory.)
A Peek Inside My Practice Journal
I use an old calendar/planner I picked up from a yard sale. I didn't do anything with the cover. I love the photo. Sometimes I feel Just.Like.Him.
Before I start, this is how the pages look. Sometimes, I glue paper onto the pages, other times, I use gesso, paint, or whatever else I am experimenting with.
On the first page, I wanted to play with a correction pen. Clearly, I needed to practice. I was so glad I did. it takes practice to get used to how the pen flows.
On other pages, I experiment with specific pens or paints. What pens or paint show up best, which ones react with water? How to they react? Things like that.
I write all over the page to remind myself what happened.
I used to get so frustrated when I used acrylic paint as a background and then couldn't find the right pen to journal or embellish. I find a lot of my supplies at yard sales or thrift stores and they don't always come with instructions or explanations. I also wanted to know a fixative did or didn't preserve what I used.
Different pens on an acrylic paint background and a water wash.
Playing with doodles...
And mixed media...
If I want to know how pens work on watercolor, or how different colors look in different lettering techniques, this is where I turn. First, I played. Then I added a tag to the spine, with notes.
My practice journal isn't always for recording techniques. Sometimes, I just play with my thoughts. I have this thought a lot.
This was an experiment. I was playing with some of the techniques I recorded.
I am so glad that I finally figured out how to remember what works, how it works, and if I would want to try it again. Most of these techniques I pretty much remember now, since I've used them a lot. But there are lots of other supplies I want to play with. Gelatos, pastels, the list goes on.
I'll keep all my art techniques organized in this journal, and probably start another when this one is full.
I hope this gives you ideas for how you can organize your art techniques.
Do you do something similar? Something different? How to you keep it all organized?
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