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Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Dabble into Art Journaling

I have never been a journal writer, although I would love to be.   I have been looking at tons of art journals on the internet.  I have purchased books about the subject.  I wanted to try my hand at it, it looks like so much fun, and it looks like a style of journaling I may be comfortable with.  This is my first attempt...DON'T LAUGH!!  LOL!

I decided to turn a composition book into an art journal.  I found this tutorial on Lil Blue Boo and gave it a go.

 This...
 ...became this.  I had a ton of emphera papers and items that I did a collage with to make the cover.  There is some glitter paint on the edges, and I used rub ons from 7 gypsies for the "title" of the book.
 This is what the pages looked like after I glued three of them together, then used gesso on them to prepare them.  IT TOOK FOREVER since I decided to do the whole book first.  Some folks do a page or two at a time.  I may do that next time.
 I still need to cover the back of the book.  Now, here's where I am asking you not to laugh.  This is my first ever art journal page.  I saw a couple of WONDERFUL videos by Pam Carriker, the link to her videos is here.  I tried to follow her steps to making a journal page.  This s what I came up with.
 I had no idea what this was going to become until I was done with it today, and I have been working on it for a week.
 The images are from an OLD (11 years to be exact) stamping magazine I had that I finally cut up.  I added Tim Holtz stamps, and a film strip die cut from him as well to highlight some of the stamp images.  I love the vintage lady in her bathing suit.  I decided this had to be some sort of travel page.  I think I messed up on the "frame" around the quote, but that is ok, I am still learning.
I did a quick list journaling style, since I am not too comfy with journaling.  I am hoping that doing this will help with that.

So, that is that.  I am going to keep trying and see what happens.  I love the style of using paint, stamps, and collage.

Stay crafty, my friends!

6 comments:

Ashley said...

This is gorgeous!!! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

pcarrikersart said...

Loved seeing what you did with my little tutorial-fabulous job! The yellow is such a warm, yummy color and you tied everything together so well. Thank you for stopping by my site to share:-)

Audrey Frelx said...

Awesome!!! You did a great job on your art journal!!! Well, if I know you you won't be "dabbling" for long because you're already off to a good start at mastering this art!!!

krisatlarge said...

Great job! I too learned how to do art journaling from Pam Carriker - you did excellently your first time out! Very impressive - glad you enjoyed the experience, too. I thought I'd never be an art journaler, but that Pam is a good or bad influence - depends on how you look at it! And her videos are a great resource - pretty soon she'll pull you in to drawing!!!

LuLu said...

Howdy,

Your first art journal and page look great. Nice composition, journaling and colors.

Stop beating yourself up about being a newbie. Remember, there are no rules in art journaling, so whatever you create is RIGHt!

Would love for you to visit my blog when you have a moment or 2!

Peace,
LuLu
www.lulu-too-beaucoup.blogspot.com

The MommyWife said...

Honey, this is incredible! I am currently working on my first art journal and I hope it's half as good as yours :)