Art Journal #1

There are so many ways to get creative. From making a card, to a canvas, a tag, mini-book, and so many other awesome pieces of decor. But the one thing that has escaped me? The Art Journal.  I don’t know what it is. If it’s putting my thoughts or emotions into a certain format or what. Feeling “bound” by the journal itself, if that makes sense. I hope it does (it sure made sense to me anyway!).

I got some amazing advice from Anna Dabrowska (aka Finnabair) at CHA, though. And once I returned I decided to open up my blank art journal and just let go. One of the things that I have to remember, ultimately, is that I really AM making this art journal for me. And that I am just choosing to share it with my readers. If you like it? Great! But, it’s okay if you don’t. I have to put all of my expectations aside. Let my guard down. So, if you don’t like it? Please be gentle.

PrincessCrown-1

I thought I made a video of how I made this. But, apparently the battery died while I was filming. No bueno. However, I hope you enjoy the photos. I saw the quote and it resonated with me. I’m no princess (far from it – ha!!), but I think it applies to all women.

PrincessCrown-2The heart is cut from corrugated cardboard using a steel-ruled die and painted with acrylic paint. It is then covered with a thin coat of Glass Bead Glitter Gel using a palette knife. The crown was cut using the same die, but using heavy chipboard and coated with Gold Texture Luxe using a sponge for a more “crackled” look.

PrincessCrown-3I printed the quote on copy paper, cut it into strips and used Gel Medium to adhere it and heat set it with a heat tool. Once dry I was able to add shading with my Stamper’s Big Brush Pens. Accents on the letter “I’s” were added using the Texture Gems in Gold.

And some stamping going on in the background too. Super subtle, but just enough to add interest. I use my Stamper’s Big Brush Pens for that, too. I love using those because they are so easy to blend or add touches of water yet they are India ink, permanent, and archival and light fast. Best pens ever!

I hope you enjoyed my first foray into the art journalling world. I’m sure I’ll do more as I really enjoyed making this page. I need to find the perfect journal, though. I’m not fond of a spiral bound format (this is the 9 x 12 Strathmore Mixed Media Journal). If any of you are art journalers tell me what are YOUR favorite products? What journal do you use?

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the GIVEAWAY for my Guest Design post with Ellen Huston LLC in the POST BELOW THIS ONE. :)

4 Responses to 'Art Journal #1'

  1. Randa says:

    Good for you! Art is very personal to the creator & subjective to the admirer. In the end, it’s YOUR art. And I LOVE this piece. The wire is perfect.

  2. Diana W. says:

    Lovely art journal. I have that die – it’s a T!m Holtz, correct? I like Dyan Reavely’s art journals. I think you can get her journal pages in a pack as well. Love the sentiment. Is that your handwriting?

  3. Wendy Goundrey says:

    I can’t remember how long my virgin art journal waited for me to get up the nerve to create something. After the first page I was hooked and look forward to my personal playtime. I love your sentiment and everything else about your foray into this form of artistic expression!

  4. Kimberly E. says:

    My dear Lisa….you have Art Journaling in your blood sistah! This page is wonderful. Everything about it!! I am so sad that the video didn’t cooperate!! Look forward to more from you and maybe even some videos too!!

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