Nicole Northway here and I’m excited to share with you my favorite journaling and mixed media supplies! Jess’s idea for our #JanJournalChallege has really heated up my studio practice. I haven’t had much time to myself lately with my wedding planning, running The Bird, and the busy holiday season. The Journal Challenge has inspired me to re-commit to my own art practice. Since I opened One Strange Bird a couple of years ago, my artwork has been shifting constantly. Influenced by the materials and themes we use in our classes and the energy of my customers and students, I have been incorporating more mixed media in my paintings. I have always been obsessed with sketchbooks and journaling. I literally have at least a hundred I’ve working in since 2000. I am happy to share some of the tools I use in my books. Stay tuned for some really cool tutorials in the next couple of weeks. If you are in Chicago, I have some mixed media collage classes I am teaching. Check out our website for more info.
My (Nicole Northway) Studio
Everyone needs a little space to work. I have had many studios. I’ve had studios in friend’s basements and garages, studios at undergrad and grad school, and professional studios in big artist loft buildings. I think after about 13 years of studios, I have realized I am most productive in a home studio. Right now we have a tiny amazing apartment in a high-rise and I have a great corner to work in with an AMAZING view of the city. Gratitude….
I run on coffee.
I am always on the hunt for the perfect sketchbook. Here is a cute one my momma bought me that I am currently working in. Pictured is my other favorite, the Molskien! Lastly, I just started using pictures and ephemera from my life in a Smashbook. It come with pages already colored and doodled on. Sometimes I like working in that book if the white pages in my other book are freaking me out. I also call that book my “happy place” and only fill it full of awesomeness.
I have a serious addiction to washi tape. It adds a great line focused element in lots of my collage composition.
I am powerless without Mod Podge. It acts a both a glue and a sealant and add a great texture to mixed media work. Gel Medium is my go-to for image transfers. I like matte medium when I need to seal something, but still want to be able to paint or draw on top of it. It is also (obviously) not as glossy as the gel and Mod Podge. I just discovered the amazing power of tape runners. It is like roll on white out, but tape. Ohmygod.
I love all kinds of paints, but I have really been into these cheapy craft paints by Martha Stewart and Apple Barrel. Since they are so inexpensive, I fell more uninhibited when using them. I also really like the chalky texture after they have dried.
Brushes! Lots of them in lots of sizes and shapes.
I think collages are only as good as their source materials. I love collecting vintage maps and magazines, layering with sewing patterns, and printing pictures from my Instagram with the app Postal Pics. They have a craft size that is only 2 X 2 and perfect for journaling.
It’s not too late to start the challenge. Join us on Instagram and use the hashtag #janjournalchallenge and tag us @onestrangebird so we can see what you are up to! Don’t have Instagram? Use the same hashtag on FB. We will be looking for inspiration.