It’s playtime!!! Your art journal is your playground. When I have no idea what I want to create I might open my art journal and just put in some washi tape and a few scraps. Or, I might scribble with a black marker then add some paint color in random places. It’s just fun to play in your art journal without a plan. It’s very freeing and opens up your mind to all kinds of creative inspiration. I just wanted to share a few photos of some art journal pages from one of my journals where I was just playing around and having a good time. Art is fun. The process of learning is exciting. Don’t wait until you think you have learned enough to start. Just jump in and play and let the journey take you where it wants to go. Just have fun.
This is the last project where I was able to use some of the beautiful flowers I dried from a mother’s day bouquet from my family. I wanted to use the loose petals that fell from one of the flowers so I added them to the bottom of the canvas as if they came off the single flower on the side of the canvas. I loved the scrapbook paper I had in my scrap bin so I made a flower-pot to use the other dried flower spray I had left. I used old book text to make the leaves and I used old music paper at the top and bottom just because I liked it. There is a thin umber brown glaze coating on top of the canvas to give it a bit of an aged look. There is a video showing the process of how I made the canvas. I hope you enjoy.
This is the June Calendar Art Journal Page that almost wasn’t. lol Sometimes things just don’t go very smoothly when you are creating and this was one of those times. But, its times like this that make me love the pieces that come out the way you want them to even more. And it is times like this help me appreciate the process and learn to look past a “pretty face” and see that the fun is in the journey. Without the journey of ups and down, good and bad, pretty art and not so pretty art we might miss something important in our learning process. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss a single step in my art journey. Thank you for joining me on my journey and I hope you are on one of your own.
Coffee anyone? Smells sooooo good even after it’s gone. lol As I was making this Coffee Bag Tag the smell of coffee was wafting through the air especially when I used my heat gun to do some drying. So you can imagine that I was wanting coffee quite often through the process but I managed to wait until “coffee time” to have some. However, I did not wait to create this tag. It was a lot of fun and I have plans to make more and possibly turn them into a Coffee Bag Tag Book. Yes, I think I might just do that. 🙂
I was in the mood to play in my “All Because Of Scraps” art journal the other day so I gathered up some scraps and glued them down on the page. Below are step by step photos of the process. It’s fun, relaxing and a easy way to use up scraps in your scrap bin. Give it a try. You never know what you will get just from using scraps.
Step 1: Starting with a blank page, I glued down scraps from my scrap bin on the page using a glue stick.
Step 2 : I glued down some borders I have had in my stash a long time. I cut them into different lengths and glued those on top of the scraps with a glue stick.
This is what the page looks like after the borders were glued on.
Step 3: I also had some negative space die cut scraps in my scrap bin so I pulled those out and glued them on top of the borders with a glue stick.
This is what the page looks like after I glued on the die cut scraps.
Step 4: I painted around the shapes of the negative space die cuts.
Step 5: I used white paint and a floral stencil all over the page.
Step 6: I used blue paint and a floral stencil all over the white stenciling.
Step 7: I used black paint and a letter stencil over the blue stenciling.
Step 8: I added some words to all of the bottles.
Step 9: I painted a small section with a little bit of white paint so I could add a title. Then, I added the title “Information You Can Use”. This is just a partial sentence I cut out of a magazine. I thought it was interesting so I added it.
Step 10: With a black Posca pen I outlined the title, the bottles and the words on the bottles. Then I added white dots around the black outline on the bottles using a Sharpie White Poster Paint Pen (water based) marker.
Step 11: I mixed some raw umber and glazing medium together in equal parts and painted it over the entire page. I let it dry just a few seconds then I wiped off the excess with a soft cloth leaving a light stained color on the page.
Step 12: I sealed the page with a light coat of Mod Podge.
That’s it. I love how it came out. This page would not exist if not for scraps. But it DOES exist now All Because Of Scraps! 🙂
For Mothers Day I received a beautiful flower arrangement from my son, daughter-n-law and two sweet grandchildren. I hated to see them start dying so I decided to dry a few of the flowers and make something with them so I would have the memory of them as long as they lasted. They should last for a long time too. So, I made a paper bag journal and used some of the flowers. Then, I made some tags using almost the rest of them. I set a couple aside to use on a canvas. I love how the tags came out. They are so sweet and so cute. And they are fun to make.
Not long ago I made some little journals from paper bags and called them “Rag Tag Bag’s”. I made these journals from bags that are smaller than the ones you see in the photos on this blog post. I had said that I would be using the larger bags to create index card journals as they are the perfect size for the larger index cards. So that is what I did and you can see the photos below as well as a link to the video showing you the process of how I made one of them. I loved making these bag journals. They are so fun and easy to make and you can make them in any style you like. Referencing the photo above, I made the journal on the left using Tim Holtz Apothecary Bottles die. I chose this die because I wanted to use some flowers I had dried that were given to me for Mothers Day and I thought they would look cute with the die. The second journal in the photo is an art card journal. There are six index cards all made with scrapbook paper, scraps, drop paper and Gelatos. This is the one I created on video. I plan to make more journals using paper bags, at least until I am sick of paper bags. lol
After playing in my Dylusions art journal the other day I decided to make another art journal page the next day because I enjoyed playing in the journal so much the day before. I didn’t have a plan just like the previous day and I seem to have more fun that way. I wanted to use up more of my “stuff” so I decided on the journal paper on the left side of the page, some washi tape and a bunch of paper die cut flowers I have had in a box for some time. By the way, that box does not dwindle. It’s still as full as ever. What is up with that? lol Then, I set about just playing and I like what I wound up with. I need to make an effort to journal in my art journals at least once a week. 🙂
I have a couple of drawers full of flowers I use in my creations. I have gone through those drawers and using up the flowers pretty fast. I am close to being able to move all the flowers into one draw. I have learned over the years what I do and don’t like so in the future I will be more selective when I buy flowers. Then, you have to account for taste changes. What I once liked could be something I don’t like after having it in a drawer for 20 years. No more of that. That stuff has to go. So, I took some odd flowers I had and added my strips of fabric to them to make them flowers I like and will use. There is a video on you YouTube channel if you would like to see the process of how I made them. It was fun to use up old stuff and create something ‘new’ that won’t go to waste. 🙂
I was in the mood to do some playful art journaling so I grabbed up my larger, and sorely neglected, Dylusions art journal and started slapping down some paint without a plan other than just have some fun. After a while I started seeing some sections of the pages that looked like a flower and hair so I started building on those areas. That is how this playful, prim looking girl showed up. I call her “Happy Flower Girl” for a reason but it’s a little personal so I’ll leave her story to your imagination. I think I have more fun when I have no plan and don’t care what the outcome is so I need to stop hiding from my journal and use it more often than I do. Have fun playing in your art journals. 🙂