Art Journal/Mixed Media

Art Journal Entry 09 | The Cover

Hi guys! So when I went to create my art journal layout, the back cover came right off my journal! Ha! So I am taking that as a sign that it is getting full, and also I took the opportunity to alter the cover since it was all torn apart. Here is my process for the cover:

 

So this journal was a spiral bound book from Barnes & Noble, and I already knew I was planning to change the cover. First I layered on gesso and washi tape.

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Of course I also added a bit of modeling paste using my Heidi Swapp floral stencil, and then I layered color on top.

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I am totally feeling the trend right now using black lines as a background, with florals layered on top. So I drew really rough black lines on the cover before adding my floral embellishment.

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An interesting thing happened while I was working with my modeling paste: when I began adding color I was trying to remove some of the excess water and I discovered that the modeling paste wasn’t quite dry enough. So the paper towel left a bit of texture in the paste, and it dried that way completely overnight. I really like that unexpected effect, how about you?

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For the back cover I also gessoed and washi taped the surface, and then I added some splotches of color. Once the colors were added, while they were still very wet, I rotated the page around in circles to get the circle effect.

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The back cover is very simple and uncomplicated, and I love it almost more than I love the front. I love how the circles almost form a flower, and this is definitely a technique I plan to experiment with further!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I think I will probably create two more layouts in this journal and then call it done, and it will be time to start a new one! I am considering this one a tremendous success – I love every page and have learned so much from these processes. I will see you tomorrow for a Project Life update!

~Theresa

 

 

Art Journal No. 08 | Believe Story Kit by Ali Edwards

Hi guys and Happy Monday! We are back from our fun week away and I am ready to get back into the full swing of things here. Let’s start with our inspiration piece, today’s Art Journal layout:

So I picked up this darling elephant stamp at Paper Source and he was the inspiration for this entire piece. I have always had a love affair with elephants ever since I was 9 years old and my Dad let me ride one. So this little guy came home with me and found a home right here on these pages.

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Interestingly enough, this layout is sort of an intersection of three different projects: Art journaling, Story kits, and One Little Word all together. Our prompt for the month of July in One Little Word is to remind ourselves of what it is that we need to hear this month. Even though I had not worked on the prompt when I created this layout, I think it assigns for me precisely what I need to hear: I need to believe in myself.

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For this layout I took some of the elephant wrapping paper from Paper Source and several of the journaling cards from the Believe Story kit and created a collage. I then covered all that with gesso and stamped my images.

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I used several of the sentiments from the Believe Stamp set around the page. I also specifically used the “I believe in:” stamp to create homes for my journaling. The things I wrote that I believe in are: myself, my dreams, my talent, my hard work, and my future.  

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On top of that I added my fibers – these vines are also from Paper Source and are intended to tie around gifts, but they are beautiful on this layout. They are adhered with fabric adhesive and then gesso has been applied on top.

 

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This. This quote right here has more meaning to me than I can possibly express. I have been a subscriber to Ali Edwards’ Story kits less than a year, but I can tell you that every month there has been something in the kit that I precisely needed, right at that time.  You see, I have been struggling to keep my faith in the last few weeks. Things have not been working out like I thought or hoped they would, particularly withmy blog here and my YouTube channel. And then this quote, in this card, in this kit, arrived in my mail box. I still tear up when I read it, because I’m not sure I believe it quite yet.

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On top of all the collage work and the stamped images and the vines, I added Heidi Swapp stenciled flowers. Then I created magic with my watercolors, allowing them to flow over the modeling paste. This brought the flowers to life, and slowly, just maybe, my dreams are coming back to the surface as well.

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That is all for today, but I promise to keep at it. I promise to keep believing, even if it doesn’t feel like things are working out. I promise to be back tomorrow with more creative work, so that you can keep believing too.

See you then,

~Theresa

 

 

Art Journal No. 07 | To My 8-Year-Old Self

Hi guys and happy Monday! To start our week off with some inspiration I am working on an art journal layout using some products I still had from my May Gossamer Blue kits! Have a look at my process!

I was totally inspired by the happy lady included in the ephemera pack from My Mind’s Eye Hello Gorgeous! collection. She became the basis for this entire layout.

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Myprocess began with fabric washi tape and then layers of gesso, patterned papers, and tags on top.

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I also used my modeling paste and this lovely stencil from Donna Downey to add some floral embellishments and texture to the page. My favorite part is always adding liquid pigment (whether distress inks or watercolors or gelatos – in this case distress inks) and watching these elements come to life.

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I included some stamped images as well, as the stamp sets for May Gossamer Blue kits were fantastic. The hearts create adorable little punctuation marks around the page, drawing your eye to certain places. It is said that each creative piece needs a little black embellishment, and I would say these hearts are perfectly light-hearted and fun.

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I added a tiny bit of journaling which is a note to my 8-year-old self. My own daughter is now 8 and many days I see little pieces of myself in her. Sometimes I wonder, though, if I was as happy-go-lucky as she is, and I don’t think I was!

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It is ok to forgive ourselves, even today, for the things we carried as small children. And it is definitely ok to do so in a light-hearted way through self-expression and happy colors and fun embellishments. I am thankful for these mediums and for this little book, this messy little book, and I am thankful for you, dear reader, for being the kind of audience I can share this with. Have a great Monday and I will see you tomorrow!

~Theresa

 

Art Journal No. 06 | Enjoy the Ride

Welcome back, you guys! I hope you had a really good weekend and are ready for a new creative week. I certainly am ready, and have a full week lined up to share with you. So grab a cuppa somethin’ and let’s start with a motivational layout today in my art journal.

So for this layout I was inspired by a bicycle screenprint I had by Heidi Swapp, although I ended up using one from Prima instead. Now, I admit that I spent entirely too much time on this layout and added entirely too many layers and elements and inks…….but all that really matters is that I had fun and I experimented lots.

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I started out with another favorite textured paper from Papyrus and some dictionary pages from an old French/English dictionary I had on hand. Those were adhered and then heavily gessoed.

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I also added some washi tape and some ribbons from Webster’s Pages, and then again heavily gessoed. I also laid down some mesh fabric that is May Arts, also just had on hand. You could use burlap or canvas instead and that would lend a similar effect.

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I also used two stencils with modeling paste: the wood grain is from Mod Podge and the butterflies are Heidi Swapp. The modeling paste has been colored with Heidi Swapp mists – however they are watery so those butterflies may crack in time? No worries, it will only add to their charm.

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So while I was working on this layout (for days and days!) I really wanted something upbeat and happy. The irony is that bicycles don’t really make me all that happy – many years ago I had a bad accident and, while I recovered and got back on my bike very soon after, today 30 years later they scare me. So maybe this layout is actually a dream for me – to associate a bike with joy. I don’t know. But regardless, my thoughts today are: even if the journey brings some tears and sadness along the way (and it will), look for the things that do bring joy.

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Maybe bikes don’t bring you joy, but the mediums I used sure did. And that, in the end, is the whole point. Happy creating! See you tomorrow with Project Life, and don’t forget to stop by my give-away before Friday for the drawing!

~Theresa

 

 

Art Journal No. 05 | Wonder

Hi guys! I am continuing to work in my Art Journal this week and was inspired to use some new products I picked up at Michaels. I got a stamp and stencil combination from Tim Holtz for Stamper’s Anonymous and I also found some texture crème from ArtC that I could not wait to try. Have a look at my process!

Now I had been eyeing this texture cream for a while and decided to try just one color, Platinum. One thing I like to do when I purchase a new product is to try it without doing any research about it, just to put it down on the page and see what happens. I opened the can and it feels really gritty, so I immediately knew that the colors and inks and paints would take that texture beautifully. I wasn’t disappointed.

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I know it might be hard to see in the photo, but if you look closely you can see the swirly pattern in the red paint below. That is the texture paste!

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I really think this layout is absolutely dreamy. The combination of textures and subtle colors give lots of visual interest.

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For my floral elements, I took some Recollections florals that were plain white and added Tim Holtz distress paint to the petals. Then I took the distress paint in Tarnished Brass and added that to just the edges. The centers are also Tim Holtz epoxy flowers, with just a touch of Burnished Bronze added for depth.

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I cannot say enough good things about the process of art journaling, you guys. It makes me just want all the stencils and stamps and pastes and paints, every last one of them!

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I chose to use the sentiment from the stamp set as my inspirational quote on this layout. I think the word wonder describes my life – sometimes I wonder how I got here and sometimes I wonder at how awesome it is. I wonder at these amazing processes and products that inspire me every day, and I wonder at the art process itself – how creating layouts and pages brings so much joy, even when we don’t know the outcome and sometimes even when we walk away from it not knowing for sure whether we really like it or not!

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So let me encourage you today, and this week, even if you’re not completely happy with the outcomes of your art or your pages or your layouts, or your photographs or your journaling, keep doing it. Keep creating, keep at it. Embrace even the ones you aren’t sure of, because the value is in simply creating! The value is simply that you made something and it is YOURS! It is a part of you! And be encouraged – my art journaling layouts aren’t the most amazing, innovative things you ever saw, and they don’t even have to be. Just enjoy the process, my dear friends. I’ll see you tomorrow with Project Life!

~Theresa

Here are a list of some of the products I have used in today’s layout. This blog is an Amazon affiliate and these links help support this blog and our family! When you click on these links, or make purchases through these links, I receive a small commission from that. Thank you kindly for helping to support my endeavors!







Art Journal No. 04 | Be the Light

Hi friends, I am sharing with you another art journal layout today and I will start out by saying this one is a mess! And that is the whole point of art journaling – to create a big mess and allow the process to happen and embrace the outcome. Embrace the outcome because there is joy simply in creating and simply in working with the different mediums and papers and colors. Have a peek at my process:

Here is the finished layout:

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I started with papers from Papyrus and a paper bag from a local shop, and then just layered from there.

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I was also inspired by a stamp set I have had in my collection for a while, which is designed by Alisa Burke. Her website and shop can be found here: Alisa Burke (enabler warning, she is an amazing artist! Here is a link to the stamp set I used, which is available for purchase in her shop here: Doodle Flowers.

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I adore the silhouette I used, which is one of Julia Nutting’s dolls created for Prima. Rather than use the stamped image, I used the patterned side of the paper, and then used her dress as the home for my stamped sentiment (also Prima stamps).

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One thing I love about art journaling is that it gives me opportunity to work with tools and mediums and colors and textures, and then look back over the layout to 1) love my work and pat myself on the back for trying different things; and 2) ask myself if there is anything I would do differently in the future. There are several things I might do differently, and I do hope to revisit this layout at a later date to try these same elements in another way. That is how we learn and that is how we stretch our own creativity! I hope you will be inspired today to use your own products to create something fun and happy. See you back tomorrow with Project Life!

~Theresa

 

Art Journal No. 03 | Hello Love

Hi guys, I have an art journaling page that I am so excited to show you today. Have a look at my process video:

I honestly was blown away when I got to the point where I laid that stencil down and then began adding the Tim Holtz inks for color.

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I could seriously do this all day. Moving those inks around the page, watching them spread into the pattern from the stencil just made my heart so happy.

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I have long been a fan of Tim Holtz products, but I have never had this kind of soul-satisfying experience before. The way those inks melted into each other, and the lovely sea of color they make on the page speak in volumes to me.

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There is no denying that I adore when a product does what it is supposed to do, and then some. I am definitely a product junkie – I love products that perform well and that go down on the page this beautifully!

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I feel like this layout may not be entirely complete, although I do believe that when an artist feels her work is complete then she should leave it be. I have left it be so that these colors can shine on their own. I may, however, in the next week or so, try my hand at recreating this technique on a mixed media scrapbook layout. Would you like to see that? Let me know, ok!

~Theresa

Art Journal 02 | New Life

Hi friends, I have an art journal spread to share with you today that I hope will bring spring right to your computer screen (or phone screen!). I bought a big giant hat a few days ago and took a few selfies outside in the sunshine. That photo, printed on a metallic vellum, became the basis for this spread. Have a look at my process:

So at our home we have a bird nest in our wreath on our front door. I don’t know if the babies are going to make it, but we have stopped using the front door and are hoping they all pull through. I decided to use a bird as my motif here. Simple stencil design and acrylics in a tube.

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For the background I just used some mail and some papers from Papyrus that I have been holding onto. I am loving that art journaling will allow me to use some of those beautiful papers!

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I absolutely adore this dot stencil from Prima, and the way it directs the paint across the page.

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One more look here:

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Be inspired today. Even if you feel like the nest is perched precariously. Know that someone is on the other side of the door, listening out for you every day, hoping for your success. You’re gonna make it.

~Theresa