In January, I signed up for Donna Downey's 2016 Inspiration Wednesday series.
I've been so busy that I haven't viewed any of the videos yet. However, yesterday I completed my art journal for the program.
I used cardstock for the interior pages (as suggested by Donna). To keep the project simple, I purchased 12" x 12" cardstock and folded the pages in half. I didn't want to do any cutting. I created a two-hole signature for the book.
Since I haven't done any bookbinding in a while, my signatures came out a bit loose. To remedy the situation, I added glue to the signature folds. I then covered them with wax paper and clamped the pages with small binder clips. I let the signatures dry overnight.
Next, I covered two boards with sheet music fabric. I added a button and fastener to the boards. I glued the end sheets to the boards and my art journal is done.
We were in Richmond, VA for a couple of days. I saw this advertisement for a Virginia Festival in one of those free city magazines. The circus image immediately called to me to make an art journal page.
I cut out the promotional words, created a character for the center of the page, added the word artist and incorporated some doodles. Art journaling can be both relaxing and fun.
"Doodling Your Way to a More Mindful Life: Doodling is not just a way to think differently; it’s a way to feel differently, too. From emerging studies, we are learning that art expression may actually help individuals reconnect thinking and feeling, thus bridging explicit (narrative) and implicit (sensory) memory."
"The wonderful thing about doodling is that it is a whole brain activity—spontaneous, at times unconscious, self-soothing, satisfying, exploratory, memory-enhancing, and mindful. In essence, doodling (and drawing and painting and making things in general) can be a self-regulating experience as well as a pleasurable road map of thoughts and ideas."
Malchiodi makes a good point for creating on a daily basis. Check out the complete post for more insightful ideas.
Originally, this was an Anthropologie catalog page of drab black & white flowers.
I decided to experiment in my art journal. First, I covered the (glued down page) with matte medium. After it dried, I mixed watercolor paints with matte medium to colorize the image. For the best results, I painted on thin layers of the mixture. The latter tended to dry out very quickly.
Next, I plan to highlight the flowers with colored pencils. I like how the experiment turned out and plan to try working with other black & white images. I did notice that this technique works best with heavier paper, not bond-type paper.
Yesterday, I completed the cover for the Fabric Angel Book that I worked on at the Art & Soul Retreat (in Virginia Beach) last Fall.
I also applied additional embellishments to the cover. I still have a few blank fabric pages to complete. But I wanted the satisfaction of finally putting the book together.
Here's another page I just finished in my No Pressure Art Journal.
For the background, I used a scrap of manuscript-type wallpaper. I found a lengthy quote in a Restoration Hardware (RH) catalog. I cut out the words that I didn't need to re-create the above quote.
BTW, I just love RH catalogs. They feature the most unusual and really lovely items that make for good art journaling fodder. I also purchase items from their catalogs. I hope that atones for using their images in my mixed media art.
A while back I picked up an inexpensive journal, with lined pages, in B&N. I liked the feel of the book and decided to turn it into a No Pressure Art Journal.
I enjoy working in the journal with no end goal in mind. Sometimes I paste in odds and ends of papers. Alternately, I will splash on paint with abandonment. For this page, I used catalog pages, Teesha Moore scraps and my own paper bits. I may hand letter some words on the page too.
We were away for a few days in Williamsburg. I went to a writer's meeting. And Ron went on a Ghost Walk in Colonial Williamsburg.
Via the Mindful Art Studio blog, I discovered this resource: Ten Handmade Art Journals You'll Want to Make.
Check out the article and the other creative ideas on the blog too. Then create your own personalized art journal.
I do not often work with acrylic inks. But today I covered a page in my moleskine art journal with some deep blue acrylic ink. I added some designs with the stencil that I used yesterday and purple pigment ink.
Next, I pasted down some strips of tissue paper on the page - and added more stencil designs. I may keep the page as it is - or add an accent embellishment.
During a recent shopping trip, I discovered a bottle of acrylic craft paint in a caramel color. This shade of paint seemed to be a new product. I just knew that I had to experiment with the color.
I began the background of my art journal page with the caramel paint mixed with some white acrylic paint. To get some texture going, I rubbed in some dark brown PanPastels. I then added some stamping and stencils to the page.
I think I'll do some more experimenting with the carmel paint.
The background for this Art Journal page actually came from a Whole Foods flyer. Earlier, when I was working with some watercolors, I used the flyer as liner to protect my desk.
This resulted in some lovely abstract watercolor stains on the flyer. So I pasted it in my moleskine journal. Then I began applying various shades of Gelatos, paints, inks and markers to the page. As you can see, I obliterated a good deal of the watercolor stains.
All in all, I like the final effect of the page.
I created this art journal page with paper scraps from catalogs, decorative paper and fabric strips. To unify the page, I applied purple ink.
I seem to have an affinity for sheep - I paint them, hook them (as in rug hooking) and collage with them too. They are such gentle souls.
Image from Colonial Williamsburg site
One of my favorite areas to visit in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia are the Leicester Longwool Sheep grazing in the meadow. Aren't they beautiful?
One of my favorite sources for collage images continues to be Anthropologie catalogs. I like to use the bold photographs as background pages in my art journals. I then incorporate verbiage from different pages or entirely different issues of their catalogs to complete the collage.
To enhance this page, I added brown oil pastels and turquoise PanPastels.
This morning I had good intentions of de-cluttering my Studio. But I was soon sidetracked by working on this Art Journal page. Does that happen to you?
The page consists of Gelli prints and paper scraps. However, the main goal of my art making was to paste down the quote about birds before it got lost in my piles of papers. The quote came from a book review about birds - and it really resonated with me.
The colors in my Art Journal page are much softer in person than they appear on my blog.
Many times I like to use recycled pages instead of paint for the backgrounds of my Art Journal Pages. The background pages may come from magazines, catalogs, travel brochures and guides.
For these two journal pieces, I used pages from a Naval Museum Tour Guide. The page above is actually the cover of the guide. I added some text and washes of acrylic paint. I like the resulting dreamy look and may not add anything else to the page.
There was also a vellum sheet in the guide covered with blueprint-type images. The latter made for a nice background. I then added Gelli print scraps and collage images from a Teesha Moore Collage Sheet. I plan to add a quote to the page.
Look through your piles of catalogs and magazines to find interesting background pages for your Art Journal.
The background on this art journal page came from a Gelli print.
I next used a portion of an Art Supply Warehouse paper bag and words from a magazine and lifestyle catalog.
I wonder if this page offers a message. Such as; Art Supplies and a Creative Mood Board can Potentially Grow Awe-Inspiring Art. It's funny how one's art journal pages can channel mystical messages.
The May 23 Challenge for The Documented Life Project is Cheesecloth.
First, I covered my art journal page with modeling paste and then embedded cheesecloth into the plaster. I added the word color with the paste and a stencil. I let this dry overnight.
I framed the page edges with two styles of pastel printed tissue paper. Next, I glued on scraps of floral napkins. I first used blue acrylic paint to cover the page and later added some pink acrylic paint.
Last, I distressed the page edges with a dark brown ink pad. The photograph doesn't quite pick up the heavy texture of the plaster and the cheesecloth - nor the soft colors of the finished piece. I do like the organic look of the dried cheesecloth - all those interesting veins on the page.
In my small art journal, I created this background piece by layering on acrylic paints with an old credit card. Next, I stamped script text all over the page.
Since I didn't put gesso on the back of the page, there are some wrinkles on the paper. I'm OK with that. I plan to add a simple painting on top of the background.
Here's an Art Journal page that I completed today in my small moleskine.
The background paper is a Gelli print. The collage pieces on the top, bottom and right-hand side of the page come from Teesha Moore. The circles on the left come from an old magazine.
I added some art stamps, words and black ink embellishments to complete the page.
I was testing out different paints on a scrap of muslin. Next, I wanted to see how a stamped image would appear on the painted surface. I glued the fabric scrap in my moleskine and added other torn pieces of paper, some acrylic paint - and that's how this art journal page evolved.
Playing with paper scraps can turn into a satisfying endeavor. No pressure. No purpose. Just playing with the pieces.
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.