Self Portraits in Art Journaling

Roben-Marie Smith - Self Portrait

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“I got this!”  That is what I kept telling myself each day until I finally had to hit the studio to work on my Self-Portrait art journaling challenge.  I put on my big girl pants and my magic apron and got to work.  I decided to print a photo of myself onto watercolor paper to use as the base for my portrait.  I brushed on a light coat of white acrylic paint, colored the face in a little with a flesh colored wax crayon and outlined the facial features with a black Stabilo Pencil.

I wasn’t sure what to do next so I glued down some book paper, added stenciling and stamps, more paint and lots of scribbles and marks.  As I worked, I began to see something interesting emerge.  My portrait began to look as if it were “drowning” below the layers.  I was reminded of Ophélie by John Millai.  The painting depicts Ophelia singing while floating in a river just before she drowns. The scene is described in Act IV, Scene VII of Hamlet. Lately, I have been feeling overwhelmed by deadlines, commitments and health issues.

 

Perhaps, subconsciously, I feel like I am drowning with the weight of all these things on me. How interesting to see these feelings “emerge” in my work. Unlike Ophélie, I will rise to the surface, take a deep breath and keep moving forward.

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


August Theme
Faces, the Human Form & Characters
August 29
Art Challenge: Self Portrait
Journal Prompt:  Mirror Mirror



Ophélie by John Millai


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Layering it up in Art Journaling

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I must admit that I had a rough start with this one!  I painted on some acrylic paint to start and then I had an idea of where it would go...well, it did not!  I glued down an assortment of papers to fix the mess and then I finger painted in white acrylic to create the shape of the face.  From there I sketched in the features and added more paint. I used a baby wipe at the end to "reveal" the papers layered underneath. Her face is a bit long and she has wild hair but I think I like her anyway.  Her name is Emily.

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


August Theme
Faces, the Human Form & Characters
August 22
Art Challenge: Layered (Using Multiple Mediums)
Journal Prompt:  Speak to your younger self- what advice would you offer?


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Have You Discovered Book Block?

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I was so excited when I was contacted by Stefan Johnson with Mustard Design Agency who introduced me to Book Block - The World's First Totally Bespoke Notebook!  I have one on order that is being handmade for me and can't wait to share it with you soon! Why is it so cool?  You design and print your own notebooks in full color 2400x2400 dpi, with your choice of paper, ribbon and elastic!

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Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


 

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Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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Painted Faces in Art Journaling

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I especially enjoyed this week's challenge which is to create a face using paint.  One of my face painting idols is Katie Kendrick...she rocks the faces!  When I create faces, they are not perfect but abstract.  I think that is why I am drawn to Katie's work.  I adore her faces, with their odd shaped heads, long noses and amazing eyes!  Be sure to check out her blog and you will see exactly what I mean.

I began my page by finger painting areas with acrylic paint to begin the basic shape of my face. From there I added in other colors, paper, pencil and doodle marks.  

The face that emerged became know to me as "Louis" and don't you just love his ridiculous old fashioned powdered wig!?  I used a "flower" stamp to create it.

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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August Theme
Faces, the Human Form & Characters
August 15
Art Challenge: Painted
Journal Prompt:  How do I face my biggest challenge?

art faces in art journaling with roben-marie smith


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