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I am frequently asked about my artistic process.  As such, I've created a simplified step-by-step guide to my sketchbook art creation.  Each page in my visual journals are meticulously thought out.  I begin by planning out which photographs I want to feature, and what I want to illustrate.  I then fill the backgrounds of each page with papers and fabrics which connect directly to the photographs.  For example: photographs may be from a particular location, and therefor the page's background will feature items collected at that location or that represent the site.

My photographs then are mounted onto the page's background using PVA glue.  Once the glue is dry, I choose a selection of stencils and acrylic paints.  Patterns and colours are picked to compliment the theme of the pages.  By layering stencils, I create a visually rich ground that push attention to the subjects of my photos and my illustrations.  Sometimes I add drips of acrylic ink into the layout.  Upon these complex layers I then paint a layer of white gesso primer in the shape of my illustrations.  Once this has dried, I draw out the illustration and begin painting.  I prefer to use acrylics and watercolours because they dry fast and, unlike oil paints, don't leech oils into the book.  My painting process begins with large blocks of lighter tones and layers my way into darker details.

When my painting is finished, I often use gel paint pens to add accents throughout the page.  My final step is glue 3D items that are significant to the theme or content of the layout.  These can include coins, buttons, sequins, fabric trim, among other things.  While it may seem finished, I usually wait a week or so before posting it online.  This gives me a chance to make any changes I might want until I'm happy.  Even when it's posted, I sometimes revisit pages to make changes or additions!

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