Strength and Flowers, an Art Journal Portrait
with Nicole Austin
I love to use collage sheets for quick and easy backgrounds in my art journal. The vintage wallpaper patterns are my favorite and I love it when little bits of the paper peek through the final portrait! I really believe you can’t go wrong with flowers, either, they are just so fun and bright! Portraits can be as simple as sketching over a background and coloring it in with oil paint sticks. I use white and yellow ochre and blend the two together to create very basic skin colors, highlights and shadows. The more you practice, the easier it gets! And I just love painting with my fingers so I’ll just dip them right into the paint or smudge wet paint pen marks to add quick patches of color. I hope you enjoy this project and that you are inspired to create something in your art journal!
Paint: Dina Wakley acrylic paint (“Night”), Homemade Modern acrylic paint (“Robin’s Egg)
Other: Shiva oil paintsticks (white and yellow ochre), Stabilo marks-all pencil (black), Stabilo 3-in-1 woody pencil (black), waterbrush, Hero Arts neon paint daubers (purple, yellow), collage paper scraps (patterned tissue paper, junk mail, etc)