Here's the beginning of a page in my small Art Journal. I may just add some shading and words. I want to keep this page simple.
It's unusually cold here in North Carolina so I switched from my daily walks in Nature to the tread mill at the Fitness Center. Studies indicate that walking indoors or outdoors similarly boosts creative inspiration.
However, I read another study that claims walking outdoors is more conducive to creativity. I agree with the latter study since I feel so much more expansive and inspired when I walk outside and observe the sky, trees and wildlife.
Still, one advantage of the treadmill is that I get more time to read. I was re-reading the book, The Muse Is In: An Owner's Manual to Your Creativity written by Jill Badonsky today.
I liked what she said about summoning up your muse: "Act Nonchalant - Starting an activity with the intention of just playing to pass the time or have fun can relax the same pressure that turns into creative blocks. Make time for just toying with something, not for the best seller, the perfect art or the brilliant invention."
How do you invite your muse to play?
I worked on this collaged Art Journal page primarily to test out the Elmer's X-TREME Extra Strength Washable School Glue Stick. I learned about it from a fellow-art journaler.
I really don't think it differs from other glue sticks that I've tried. In fact, after using it, I had to reinforce the page edges with some tacky glue to achieve a better bond. Some of the papers that I chose were the shiny magazine-type pages which are usually difficult to glue. Still, the glue stick did not work well on plain paper either.
Customer reviews, on Amazon, noted that this product is made in China. I'm still on the hunt for a dependable glue stick, preferably made in the USA.
Although I do not care for fast food, the tag line on Hardee's bags - Eat Like You Mean It - has always intrigued me. I cut up the bag and took some poetic license by changing the phrase to - Create Like You Mean It.
The art journal page was first painted with different shades of metallic acrylic paint in rectangle shapes. I then used silver and gold pigment inks to stencil in some shapes. To add more color, I next used the stencil with gold gilder's paste. Last, I added lines with a Stabilo pencil.
This weekend, remember to Create Like You Mean It.
Ron was discarding some old Astronomy books. I knew that there had to be some interesting images in the books. I mean really - Are there any books without interesting images or text to a mixed media artist?
I began this art journal page with photographs from the books. I added some decorative tape going down the right hand side of the page which may be difficult to see. The face came from an outdated fashion magazine.
I'll probably add more images and a quote.
Here's an Art Journal page-in-progress. Somehow, the word Obsessions really spoke to me so I cut it out from a page in an old fashion magazine. Then I spotted the phrase New Ideas on the cover of another magazine.
Together the words, New Idea Obsessions, may signify my state of mind. I'm on the hunt - or obsessed - with new ideas. Do your art journal pages speak to you in the same way?
On another note, I continue to be a member of Teesha & Tracy Moore's Artstronauts Club which I really enjoy. I'm always amazed to see (via video) how quickly and intuitively Teesha puts together a journal page from her piles of collage papers. I tend to overthink my choices.
You may notice some of Teesha's collage images on my (above) journal page. That's another benefit to the Club. Every week Teesha freely offers us two of her collage pages. If you're not a member yet, check it out.
Today I decided to test out DecoArt Media's new Crackle Paste. First, I covered my art journal page with gesso and let it dry. Then I added a Script stamp all over the page to add some dimension.
I used The Crafter's Workshop Stencil (Church Windows) and the crackle paste to add a window to the center of the page. I also added some stenciled stars to the top of the page. I made the star stencil from cardstock and a star punch.
I was really amazed at how easy it is to work with the crackle paste. I put down a thin layer because I was going for an eggshell crackle effect. The size of the cracks vary depending on the thickness of the application. I let the crackle paste dry overnight.
I put on a wash of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics, in Primary Cyan, over the stenciled areas. The Asian Figure images came from an old magazine. I lightly distressed the images with steel wool to help them blend into the journal page. The words, Follow Your Bliss, come from a Teesha Moore collage sheet. I inked the page edges with some pigment ink - and added polka dots with a white paint pen.
Here's a closeup of the journal page so that you can get a better look at the crackled areas.
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A few days ago, I demonstrated the rich colors that you can achieve with Misters in my DecoArt Media Misters Experiment post.
Today, I thought it would be fun to use the Misters in a transparent manner. I love the soft colors that appeared on the page.
I had prepped the art journal page beforehand with gesso. Then, I sprayed a splotch of Primary Cyan on the page and followed it with a squirt of water from a spray bottle - and turned the journal so that the color would flow across the page. I then did the same with Primary Magenta.
I added some art stamps, a black circle shape - and I was done. I may use this design idea for greeting cards. I love all things French.
I suggest that you play with the Media Misters in order to get different effects.
I saw this quote in a women's fashion catalog. It really resonated with me so I decided to incorporate it into an art journal page in my small moleskine.
Quote: "We came upon a shell...a trinket...a beating heart...and secreted them in our pockets...alongside all things good and true. The Artist's Home."
I wanted to stamp some poppies on my art journal page. Since I didn't have a poppies stamp, I decided to create one with self-adhesive foam. I was in an experimental mode so I drew some whimsical flowers freehand on the foam, cut them out - and pressed them onto scrap foam board.
The foam board is about 9" x 9" so it is a large stamp. I really liked the resulting impressions on the journal page. Due to the nature of the foam, the poppies do not stamp evenly but instead create a cool texture. It almost looks as if I painted on the individual petals. I can leave the poppies as is or enhance them with ink or paint.
When I make my next poppies stamp, I'll create a smaller version.
The background journal page was originally pink. I sprayed on some homemade blue and then pink acylic sprays.
I had planned to do this post yesterday but Typepad was attacked so I couldn't access the site. But today is a new day and Typepad is working.
Currently, in The Artstronauts Club, we are exploring Black & White Collage with Teesha Moore. At the same time, I saw an art piece on Pinterest that was done with colored strips of magazine pages. Influenced by these two ideas, I decided to create two art journal pages consisting of black & white paper strips - one horizontal and the other vertical.
Here are the type of papers that I used: old magazine pages, an investment booklet, Observation zine (from 2004), and some words from my scrap pile. I may add some pastel paint to small areas of the journal pages. I haven't decided yet.
If you haven't joined The Artstronauts Club yet, I suggest you do because it is jam-packed with Creativity courtesy of Teesha & Tracy Moore.
You never know when you will come across stencil-worthy material. This page, with the color stencil, came from the May issue of Allure magazine. I hastily tore the page out so I covered the ragged edges with cardstock. (Note: Next time use an x-acto knife).
I just finished this Art Journal Page in my Moleskine Notebook today.
I gathered the book images and globe face from some old magazines. The quote, We Live in the House We Build, really spoke to me.
I have read that many times completed Art Journal Pages send you a message. So far, I don't specifically know what this page is saying to me but the book titles are interesting to me. I may add some more embellishments to the page.
What does your Art Journals tell you?
I just finished this Art Journal Page in my Moleskine. For the background, I used a pastel-colored napkin.
My two Editorial Assistants just came back from the groomer. I tried to snap some quick photos but Tia (above) kept moving and Teddie..............
Well, Teddie didn't want anything to do with posing for pictures.
I just finished this art journal page in my moleskine notebook. I first gessoed the page and then covered it with some vintage wallpaper and old ledger paper. I put down a light layer of pink acrylic paint and some art stampings.
I edged the page with Baroque Art Gilders Paste in Inca Gold. The photo doesn't show the rich color of the gilders paste. Later on, I may add a word or phrase to complete the page.
I've seen different charts and forms online that bloggers use to capture their current interests, moods and/or viewpoints.
So I decided to create a chart focusing on Art Journaling. The chart is in a jpg format. Feel free to use the chart in your own Art Journal. You may want to date the chart and fill it in again in a few months to track how your habits have changed.
I found this image of a garden in an old magazine. The original picture was very large so I cropped it to fit into my moleskine notebook. I added the owls, butterfly and quote.
I enhanced the roses with a pink oil pastel - and highlighted the garden path with a bright yellow oil pastel. The good news is that my hydrangea bushes are beginning to bud. I'm looking forward to posting real flowers.
I needed to prep the pages in my new (5" x 8.25") Moleskine journal. I usually use Gesso for this task.
However, I have a few sample jars of Valspar paint on hand. So I chose the color Adirondack Path (light beige) and worked with that. The paint added strength to the pages and provided a good barrier for the art supplies that I will later add to the page surfaces.
Before prepping, I protect the rest of the journal with wax paper under the pages. I then paint the two pages, give it a quick dry with my heat gun, add a sheet of wax paper and move on to the next pages. I let it all dry overnight and then remove the wax papers. Later, I reuse the wax paper for other mixed-media art pages.
I began this Art Journal page by pasting down different shades of sepia/beige colored papers. Most of the papers had some sort of text on them. Then I added some torn pieces of decorative tissue paper.
To liven up the page, I painted on a blue border with acrylic paint and a tissue paper-covered blue heart. I last added some art stamps.
The bright variety of flowers on this Art Journal page tells you that I'm eagerly waiting for the first blossoms of Spring. The background tissue paper came from an artist friend's stash. The flowers, butterflies and text came from an assortment of old magaznes.
There is a little wave in the page because I didn't first prep it with gesso. I do plan to gesso the back of the paper to give it more weight.
This is actually the first page of a new Moleskine (5" x 8.25"). I like to have both small and large Art Journals on hand. Depending on my mood, I might want to create a small piece of art one day - and a larger art work on another day.
This week's weather predictions for North Carolina promises warm days in the high seventies which means a good chance for flowering bushes and trees.
Yes, I finally changed the Banner on my blog. I also changed the Banner on my Etsy Shop too. I used Hearts on both Banners which are one of my favorite symbols. Many of you probably know that about me.
I tend to get very focused on my daily art making so I don't market my Blog/Etsy Shop as much as I should. I do like the new look of my Banner - I hope you do too.
I completed the Art Journal page which I blogged about yesterday. I created the blue border by tearing strips of Gelli Art prints and pasting them on the edges of the journal page. I also added some more embellishments. Below is how the Journal page looked yesday.
I made two more stamps using Self-Adhesive Foam Sheets.
For the Create stamp, I used a Stencil Alphabet that I have in a Word format. When setting up your letter stamps, it's always a good idea to print the chosen word in mirror format so that you have a guide to follow when laying out your letters on the base. For my base, I used some old foam board that had once been a support for my watercolor paintings.
To protect the foam board from water during cleanup, I was going to coat it with some matte medium. Instead I first completely covered the board with packing tape - and then I pressed down the letters.
I like the look of large words, i.e., Create on an Art Journal page. It adds a nice pop to the layout. You might want to check the size of your journals first to determine how large you want to make your word stamps. The above Journal page is still a work-in-progress.
Alternately, you could also stamp your words diagonally across your Journal page. I've noticed that there are a lot of large Star stamps, and stencils, on the market. Save some money and google Star images and use the results to make some Star foam stamps.
What type of stamps do you make?
Yesterday, I went to Office Max and made copies of some of the pages in my Art Journal. The size of my Journal is 12" x 12." Since Office Max doesn't have a copy machine for that format, I couldn't copy complete pages. Still, I was satisfied with the prints that I made.
I plan to use the Art Journal prints for collage, borders - and possibly for a few Art Journal covers.
When I discovered this quote, Art Teaches Nothing except the Significance of Life, which is attributed to Henry Miller, I knew I had to incorporate it into an Art Journal page. I also wanted to practice my hand lettering skills.
For the page's border, I used the office labels that I had embellished a few days ago.
Today I completed the last page in my Art Journal. I seem to have a circle thing going on with clocks, a bicycle and painted orbs. I looked up the symbolism of circles and found this explanation on Catherine Beyer's Alternative Religion About.com page.
"Circles commonly represent unity, wholeness, and infinity. Without beginning or end, without sides or corners, the circle is also associated with the number one." If you want more information on circles, check out Catherine's site.
To make my painted orbs, I used this Circles template. I originally purchased this template to help me draw eyes. But I actually only use it to paint circles in my art work.
There seems to be two schools of thought (or practice) regarding the cleaning of templates and stencils. Some artists allow the paint to build up on the templates. Others wipe them clean after each use. I like to clean mine immediately. As you can see from the photo, I wasn't quick enough - and some paint still remains on the template.
Here is an Art Journal page that I just completed. I only have one blank page left in this 12" x 12" book.
I feel bittersweet about finishing this journal. I'm satisfied that I completed so many pages - and another Art Journal. But, I'm going to miss working in it and carrying it to our Tidewater Artists Group (TAG) Journaling sessions.
However, I do have another blank, and partly-gessoed, Art Journal waiting for me.
In case, you can't read the words in the middle of the page, it says: Dare to Explore.
I completed this whimsical Art Journal page by adding layers of paint and papers. My goal was to enjoy the process and not overthink the details.
I am continuing my decluttering proces. I sorted through seven, overflowing accordian files of collage paper and ephemera. I ended up with two medium-size folders of papers. I realized that many of the paper items did not fit my artistic style anymore. And I'm embarrassed to divulge that some of the papers dated back to 2008 or earlier.
When I completed the task, a small slip of paper fell to the floor. I picked it up and turned it over to reveal the following words: Make a Wish. Ah, could this be a bit of synchronicity? I added the slip of paper to my Art Journal page as part of the boat's sail.
Today, in North Carolina, we are under a Winter Advisory. So far, we are experiencing rain and a bit of sleet. Stay warm.
It must be the promise of Spring weather. For the past two days, I have been decluttering my piles of papers, art supplies and magazines.
But the task takes such a long time. Hours can go by and I still have so much more to clear out. I did manage to finish this Art Journal page which was a relaxing respite from cleaning.
I like to experiment in my Art Journal before I do a final painting. This step helps me choose the final images, words and colors that I want to incorporate into my painting.
I used watercolor paint, watercolor crayons, colored pencils and some acrylic paint to create this art piece. However, the journal page did not accept the paint and water very well since the paper was not absorbent or thick enough. But all in all, this was a good learning experiment.
This morning, I worked on this brightly-colored Art Journal page. I may add some more details to it later on. You may recognize a couple of Teesha Moore's Characters on the page.
I'm a member of Teesha and Tracy Moore's Artstronauts Club. If you haven't joined in yet, I encourage you to do so. Both Teesha and Tracy are very generous with their offerings of learning videos, collage sheets.....and more! Other artists are also contributing to the Club. Check it Out!
I completed this Art Journal page yesterday. I found the photo of the Eiffel Tower in an old magazine. I fell in love with the Tower's bold image and, of course, the fact that it relates to Paris.
I didn't want to dilute the powerful image by adding small pictures to the collage. I felt that would be distracting. So I hunted down a variety of pictures of stone walls (in my stash) and glued them around the Tower. At the bottom of the page, I added some dark flowers.
I distressed and highlighted the stone walls with a brown oil pastel. The sky behind the Tower was originally beige. I transformed it into a blue sky by rubbing in some blue pigment ink. Finally, I added the printed word, Inspiration.
Today I finished this Art Journal Page, entitled Wonderland. First, I glued down a random assortment of images and then covered them with metalic turquoise and gold acrylic paint. The images came from old catalogs and magazines.
I then added the female image, flowers and text. I covered the female with white Chinese paint - and then rubbed her dress with Magenta Pan Pastels. I sprayed a fixative over the entire piece. Later, I may still add some embellishments to the page.
Homes seem to be a recurrent theme in the works of many artists. I'm drawn to the symbol of Homes in both my collage and assemblage pieces.
I completed this Mini Home Grid, in my Art Journal, during the course of several weeks. Each time I created two or three Home symbols until I finally finished the Grid.
What symbols are you drawn to?
Today, I completed this Art Journal page in my small Moleskine. I titled the art, Pastel Christmas. I began the creation of the page by looking in my stash for some pastel background paper.
I found a large receipt from the Currency Exchange Bank when we were in Taiwan. I always save my ephemera from our trips. The color was perfect so I pasted it onto the page. I painted and embellished large circles to represent Christmas ornaments. Last, I added a border.
After I finished the page, I thought that is was ironic to use an Asian receipt for a Christmas theme - especially since so many goods from China and Taiwan flood our American stores. I guess that's the twist to this page.
I'm submitting this post to the Art Every Day Month Challenge. I have to start working on my portraits again for Gritty Jane's 40 Portraits Challenge. I only completed eight portraits. Thirty-two more portraits to go!
I reap so many benefits from Art Journaling that yesterday I decided to create a two-page spread on the subject.
I covered the gessoed pages in my small Moleskine with torn pieces of blue tissue paper. Next, I rubbed on some Gelatos and oil pastels. The words came from old magazines and catalogs. I may replace the words relaxation tool and skill enhancing when I find the appropriate words.
I'm submitting these pages to the Art Every Day Month Challenge.
This morning I was supposed to begin finishing up a big mixed-media art project. Instead, I created this Art Journal page. I felt very relaxed after completing the page. And now I'm more eager to work on the mixed-media project.
As you probably noticed, I like to include large images in my Art Journal work. I find these images in catalogs and old magazines. I also look for word phrases in these types of periodicals. Surprisingly, I recently found some meaningful phrases in my IKEA catalog.
Here is the quote that is on the lower right hand side of the Journal page - We must learn to wait for an idea to hatch. The truth is that this is how to raise the best ideas. Let them grow in dark and mystery. ~ Julie Cameron