The interactive pages in our art journals are what set our journals apart from others on the market.
Interactive pages include additional work surfaces that extend from the center of the page. Pages vary in their design, and they have extensions that unfold from the top, bottom, left or right of the center. Most are a combination of extensions with a variety of shaped edges.
Here are 10 techniques you can use in your Interactive Art Journal.
Use all your favorite supplies without warping pages
1. Layer it on
Pages consist of watercolor paper that’s adhered to thick cardstock, so they are really, really, durable.
Add layers of acrylic, ink and collage to your heart’s delight! You can experiment with all your favorite mixed media techniques without worry of warp.
2. Play in the water
Did I mention that pages are made from watercolor paper? So of course they are perfect for watercolor and ink.
Load lots of water on your brush, use wet on wet techniques, and create washes without any issues.
Limitless possibilities with Interactive pages
3. One spread on all work surfaces
Why create a typical art journal spread when you can create an extraordinary art journal spread?
Use all the work surfaces of a page to create one large piece of art. For example, you can paint flowers or branches that climb across all the work surfaces of the page.
Add something unexpected to the inside of a folded work surface.
Take advantage of the page structure to add elements of whimsy and surprise by choosing what is seen or hidden when the viewer first turns to the page.
5. Beginning, middle, and end
Because an Interactive page is made of multiple work surfaces, it naturally breaks the page down into workable segments.
You can use individual segments to create a story with each work surface depicting the beginning, middle, or end. Or before, during, and after. We call this “Working in Series”.
6. What’s on your mind?
Use the main work surface for your art, and the connected work surface as a place to record what you were feeling when you created your art journal spread. You could also use the space to write down a passage, quote, or affirmation.
A place to practise your skills
7. Improve with repitition
Use the work surfaces of a page to focus on one subject. The result is a record of your progress.
Choose a subject, like as rose, and paint it on each work surface. You can choose to paint the very same image of a rose on each work surface or change it up by painting it from different angles, colors, or bloom.
8. Really get to know your color
Choose one color to be your main theme color. Use it on all work surfaces of the page. Then choose 2 more colors per work surface that will be your secondary colors.
Experiment with mixing the main color with a secondary. Observe how your main color is affected when placed beside the secondary colors. Does it pop off the page, or recede into the background? What happened when you mixed your main color with a secondary? Make note of your results.
9. Character creation
Draw and paint an illustration of your favorite animal. Draw the same animal on each work surface of a page. It doesn’t have to be realistic, or very detailed. Focus on the basic shapes and any distinct features. Exaggerate any features you want to stand out.
By choosing to emphasize certain features in your illustration, the result is artwork infused with your own signature style.
10. Repeated patterns
It’s time to put away your stamps and stencils, and to create a pattern of your own.
Select 1 to 4 objects, shapes or symbols to use on each work surface of a page. Arrange them to create a pattern. Play with the arrangement on each work surface to create different patterns.
Use these suggestions as a starting place for working in your Interactive Art Journal. They are just the tip of the iceberg of possibilities for what you can achieve in your journal.
Whether you are experimenting with different media, trying new techniques, or creating a record of your progress, your Interactive Art Journal is a safe place to experiment. (You can keep it private; for your own eyes only) It provides space to grow as an artist and provides a new approach to your visual storytelling.
If you have your own ideas on how to make the most of the interactive pages, please comment below and share it with the community. We would love to hear from you.