Today, as a creative exercise: paint a whole page (or spread) in your art journal, gray! Mix black and white together if you don’t have a tube of gray. It’s going to be awesome!

Gray ground

I bet it is not a colour you paint with often? Or maybe you do. I always forget the more neutral tones and ordinary black, gray, sepia… I’m a girl of rainbow colours. But I am very happy with my gray art journal page!

More details from my finished art journal page below!

You have a choice - art journal page
The whole spread. Gray can be such a classy sophisticated colour, but my spread turned into something else… as usual. Though the my word of the year 2011 (the “one word” theme that will inspire me throughout the year) came to me from this spread. I guess my own choices is something I’ve been thinking about, but when I saw it spelled out it was as the word choose me. And the word is: choose. Thank you dear Art Journal for that!

Art Journal page: You have a choice
You have a choice! Make it.

Charcoal pencils
I love sketching and drawing with charcoal pencils. They smudge a bit and makes my fingers gray but I still really like them. I like the serendipitous look when I paint a charcoal sketch and how the coal mixes with the paint.

Gray girl detail
I drew a oblong girl and colored her, yes, gray! When the paint had dried I filled in the outlines with a black Artist Pitt Pen that I got for Christmas. Love how black the lines are!

I hope you will play along. Tomorrow I’ll try to post another update on how the Art Journal Every Day goes!

BTW: This is a Diana Trout inspired Creative Nudge (this one is #16)! She asked me to think up a little something, and share it on her blog, and I think gray is a great prompt! So why not? Feel free to post your pages to the flickr group the Creative Revolutionaries if you play along.