March Theme
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
March 14 - Week 11
Art Challenge:  Borders
Journal Prompt:  "Borderline feels like I'm going to lose my mind"

One of the many things I love about the March Theme (Doodles) is that it just makes me want to play and have fun - even the word "doodles" sounds happy to me.

For this week's challenge, I wanted to choose colors I don't normally work with so I started by painting the entire spread with Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint with a wide, flat brush.

Once the burnt umber dried, I used titanium white acrylic paint to loosely brush flower shapes on the background. Don't over think this step - brush once and leave it alone.

You might notice the bulldog clip in the picture.  The pages curled up when I painted them with the burnt umber, so the clip was useful in holding the page open - I use these all the time in my art journals, especially if I am painting outside so the pages will stay in place and won't blow.

Before the white paint dried, I used the Naples Yellow Deep paint to loosely brush over the flowers. I applied the paint thickly to get some texture.

I continued to layer the white and Naples Yellow paint making swirls and petal shapes - still not over thinking or over working the process - it is just supposed to be a "suggestion" of a flower.

I used turquoise and green-yellow acrylic to loosely paint leaf shapes around the blooms.

Next came the doodling!  I used my white pen to quickly outline elements on the page, then made dots in the background and swirly lines to create my border.  In the picture below you can really see the ridges left by the thick application and build up of acrylic paint.

I added turquoise paint on the border to make the whole painting more cohesive.  This was a super fun, quick page and I love that I can doodle mindlessly and not have to think about it too much.

I can't wait to see how you all make your marks this week!  Don't forget to check out our Featured Artist this week - the fabulous Jen Osborn! 

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