Art Journal/Mixed Media

Art Journal Volume 02 | Luminous

Hi there and happy Monday to you! My art journal today is inspired by an image of a woman that I found in one of the travel brochures we picked up in Charleston. Have a look at my process and then I will share a little more about it:

I began with a layer of tissue paper that came from my store purchase at a place called Luna, on King Street in Charleston. I wrinkled and textured the tissue papers on purpose, and then layered gesso on top.

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I then layered the magazine image on top of the tissue paper, along with the doily and the paper strips.

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I also hand painted the flowers in contrasting colors. Notice that even though I chose a color scheme to begin with, I sort of just let the journal page lead me where it wanted to go.

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I struggled a bit with the painting. First I wanted to try circles, and in the video you saw me paint purple and green circles on the page. They were ok, but not really making me happy, so I left the layout overnight and came back in the morning. In the morning I realized across the top of the page the tissue had left this lovely swirl and the paint had drawn into those crevices. That inspired me to repeat the swirls across the page.

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I also gained more confidence to add more circles and swirls and I made sure they all directed your eye towards the main image, the woman in the photo. Once everything was completed on the background, I added my quote. This quote inspired me because of the word Luminous. This year for my One Little Word project I chose the word Shine, and as part of that exercise I did a word study. Surprisingly, the word Luminous did not appear in that word study, but it did appear through my search for a quote to use here.

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I did not fuss too much with my handwriting, I just wrote it as it came to me. My hope is to develop my own distinct handwriting that is not influenced by others, and so you will see me try different things out in the process of this journal.

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I love this process so much. Every outcome is a pleasant surprise, and a journey to arrive. I did not know for sure what this image of this lady was telling me, but through the process of journaling I figured it out and put it to paper. I hope you feel that you are luminous today, too, because you are. Your energy and your spirit do indeed shine brightly, so don’t let anyone tell you any different. See you tomorrow!

~Theresa

Art Journal Vol. 02 Entry 01 | The Flower and the Bee

Hello Lovelies! Happy Monday to you! I am so excited because I decided to start a new art journal and cannot wait to share with you. Have a look at my process:

Here is the completed layout:

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I was inspired by the brush strokes on the wrapping paper, so after I gessoed the paper in the journal, I added some random brush strokes in similar colors as the background.

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Then I layered paper, flower tags, and butterflies onto the background. I created one major focal point on the right hand side here:

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And the second cluster at the top here. Once the glue dried I added a light layer of gesso on top:

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Using my brush ben from Faber Castell I added my sentiment in my handwriting. In highsight, the name is written in a brush size that does not really match up scale-wise, but it is ok. It is only an art journal layout so perfection is not the point or the desired result! Just embrace what you have accomplished.

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I added a simple date stamp, something I had been leaving off before, and this one is done. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite part of this layout is! And then go have a great productive and scrappy week. See you tomorrow!

~Theresa

 

 

 

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