ArT JoUrNaL….keeper of secrets

 

It’s relaxing, meditative, contemplative, only takes a few minutes a day, and doesn’t cost much at all.

I can’t understand why more people don’t do it. Maybe they knit or keep a written diary or scrapbook.  Who wouldn’t want to spend a few minutes now and then creating, playing, sketching, coloring, experimenting, mixing, or gluing?

Good reasons to keep an art journal:

  • art journals are keepers of memories, ideas, worries, triumphs
  • you can’t fail. there are no right ways to do it
  • it’s portable! take it on vacation, to baseball practice, the coffee shop, the shore
  • you can be specific and make journals just for travel, exercise/diet, spiritual walks, a dream journal, or your goals

 

Here are a few of my recent art journal covers and a few pages…

inspired my donna downey

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fabric from old purse and belt

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This one just got out of hand. I had so many things I wanted to do that I had to buy a larger book to

squeeze it all in and  STILL had to use the inside cover!

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welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we're so glad you could attend come inside! come inside!

 

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MY MANDALA

(red and white wall paper sample with pink and yellow sand glued on)

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PLACE PRAYERS HERE

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INSPIRED BY KELLY RAE ROBERTS

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inspired by willowing

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I got a new fresh, clean, crisp art journal! 

Can’t wait until it gets warped, crunchy, waxy and filled with all the bits that i collect as we go.

   

First step is to gesso the pages so that when you add watercolors or acrylics

the paper doesn’t curl up. Artists do this to canvases to prevent sagging & stretching. 

 

Add a back ground of watercolor.

Or old newspaper, tissue paper, magazine page collages, even nothing

 

 

 Glue on bits to add dimension and interest

 

 

If you need an image that you don’t have time to paint, say a lady’s face, cut it out

from another source and paste it in. Use old encyclopedias, magazines, photos etc.

 

 

I used pastels and rhinestone to emphasize my magazine cutout

and added a red stencil thingy for more layers.

 

 

 and a quote from the movie The Princess Bride that inspired the whole page,

plus white dots, and a skeleton key for the heart that were

both cut from red fabric.

 

 

 
 
 
 

Finished Page

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iNsPiReD YeT?

Start a new journal!

 What are you waiting for!?

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