art journal page – we do not learn by standing still (journal52)

spring clean1Another journal page in my goal to do every prompt for Journal52 this year! The prompt for Journal52’s week 13 was “Spring Clean” and this was a stretch.  I hate cleaning.  I do it begrudgingly.  So, I took this opportunity to think about other things that come with spring time.  I like to run for exercise and after being stuck inside a gym on a treadmill for the winter, running outside is a nice change.  They say that you can get a runner’s “high”….I think they’re lying.  I have never felt anything while running other than pain and an elevated heart rate.  That being said, the one thing I do enjoy about running is that it helps to clear the mind.  After a rough day at work, going for a run helps me to concentrate on what’s happening in the moment, even if it’s sore shins.  It cleans the mind.

I was on a roll when I made this page so I didn’t take any process pictures (sorry).  It started with gesso and then I painted blue and orange Golden acrylic paints.  I toned that layer down with some white.  I stenciled the purple “bricks” on the bottom to try to make it look like a road.  I tied in some yellow from the image by stenciling the diamond pattern in yellow acrylic paint.  The circles were done next in white and then I filled them in with florescent pink, outlined with a black pen.  The stamping was the final layer, pointing the arrows and the birds in the direction the the runner is going.  The sentiment came from a magazine ad for hiking equipment, ironically.

This page came together pretty quickly.  I stopped thinking and put paint on a page.  Cleaning the mind 🙂

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Liquitex Gesso

Circle stencil

Dylusions Diamond Border stencil

Versafine Ink

Stampers Anonymous Arrow stamp

Credit Card

Golden Soft Gel (Matte)

Americana craft paint – Warm White

Golden Acrylic paint – Hansa Yellow Opaque, Pyrrole Orange, Cerulean Blue Deep

Memento Ink – Teal Zeal

StazOn – Royal Purple

Dina Wakley Woodcut Bird stamp

Stampendous Marks stamp

Unibal Signo pen – white

Faber Castell PITT pen

Micron 08  pen – black

Liquitex paint markers – Florescent Blue, Florescent Orange, Forescent Pink

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I Smashed New York City!

My Smash book / scrapbook on the go was a success!  My little travel photo printer worked like a champ and it made it much easier and more convenient to save the memories.  Every night at the hotel I printed out the photos from the day that I thought captured the important things.  Not every photo made it into the book but that wasn’t the objective.  I just wanted to make a quick book to document the trip.  I sorted the photos with any tickets, postcards, receipts and pamphlets that we picked up along the way.  Each pile was then filed into the book so that all I had to do was start gluing.

Confession…did I glue and complete each page everyday?  No.  New York is a pretty exhausting place and we were really tired by the end of each day.  But, by printing out the photos and organizing the separate pages each night, it made it much easier (and faster) to put it all together at the end.  Thankfully, we took an extra day off at home to recover and I used that time to complete the book.  It only took a couple of hours to get it together and there’s still room in it for another trip.  I liked how each page already had a pattern on it (although some pages had cheesy journaling prompts that I covered up).  This made me think that it would be easy to construct your own book with spare scrapbook papers that we all have in our stash.  Some pages ended up being a combination of photos, ephemera and journaling and other pages were just photos, no journaling.  That’s what I found great about doing this project, there was no pressure to make each page look “pretty”.

I definitely recommend this method of memory keeping.  The portable printer worked great (take extra ink cartridges, they don’t last long) and my little travel kit came in handy.  I will absolutely be doing this again on our next getaway.

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New York Trip!!!!

My husband and I are heading out for an extra long weekend to New York city tomorrow!  Of course we have the typical list of sites to see and only three days to see them.  I’m the typical tourist that loves to see all of the major attractions with all of the other people that want to see the same things 🙂

I wanted to document our trip and as a rehabilitated scrapbooker, that was my first thought.  However, as we all know, when we get home from the trip, the photos tend to stay in digital form and working on that scrapbook becomes more of a chore than a relaxing escape.

My solution is to make a smash book on the go.  It’s scrapbooking without the pressure.  My only dilemma was printing pictures.  I know myself, and if I wait until I get home to print pictures, it won’t get done.  My second solution, I purchased a portable photo printer, a Canon Selphy (not a great name, but it seems to do the trick)  It prints using USB connection and inserting an SD card.  It also works through wifi if you install the dedicated app on your phone.  The print quality is quite good, my only concern is how long each ink cartridge will last.  This weekend will put it to the test.

I have constructed a travel kit pictured below.

travel kit 1I purchased a Smash Book (the black Mod style) and I’m taking a couple of the accessories that they make to go with the book.  The glue stick, Liquitex paint pens and washi tapes are to decorate the pages as I go.  The additional stamps, stickers, Inktense pencils and watercolours are to play in a mini Moleskin book that I’m also bringing.  This should occupy my evenings in the hotel room while avoiding being on the streets of New York after dark.

travel kit 2Everything except the printer fits into a an old package for sheets and is currently packed in the suitcase ready to go.  My goal is to finish this project on the go.  I have always wanted to document a trip while on the actual trip.  I envy the artists that sit down anywhere, make a quick sketch and painting, a little journaling about the scene and they’re on their way to the next site.  In my own way this is my travel journal for this trip and I’m excited to see how it turns out!