Art Journal Page – Creating My Purpose (time lapse video)

Another art journal offering!  This page was completed over two days, off and on, in between cameras running out of batteries and taking care of life.  I took the time to show all of the supplies I used in the video so this one took a little longer than usual.  I found when I was learning new art journaling techniques, I appreciated the videos that showed the products used.  It was a huge help to me as I was beginning (and still learning!)  I also listed the supplies below.

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Liquitex Gesso

Liquitex Basic Acrylic Paint – Dioxanine Purple, Titanium White

Impression Obsession Background Stamp – Distressed Lines

VersFine Ink

Stampendous Stamps – Marks

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple

Gelli Prints

Golden Soft Gel (Matte) Medium

Americana Craft Paint – Warm White, Lamp Black

White Cardstock

Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers

Stampers Anonymous Stamps – Industrial Blueprint

Inkadinkadoo Alphabet Stamp Set

Cross-Stitch Fabric

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Pumpkin Spice, Dragonfly

Toilet Paper Roll

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Faber-Castell PITT Pen

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Experimenting with Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate (time lapse video)

I finally broke into my Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate!  I’ve had it for a few months now and I was nervous to try it.  Like many of you, I’m sure, I watched as many YouTube videos as I could find to learn techniques on how to make prints.  Of course, I filmed my adventures for your enjoyment below.

Some prints turned out really well, others were learning experiences.  Some could be used as backgrounds for art journal pages or cut up as collage elements.  Even though some prints may not be perfect, all of them can create interest on a page.

I used inexpensive paper to make the prints.  I purchased a large pad (24″ x 18″) similar to what teachers used to use on an easel in the classroom.  I cut each page into four and it was the perfect size for the plate.  The paper was heavy enough that it wasn’t transparent but not as heavy as cardstock.  I want to use the prints in my art journals and cardstock would have too much bulk for my preference.  I used both craft acrylic paints and Golden acrylics, stamps, stencils, bubble wrap, fabric and wooden stir sticks to make marks on the plate.

gelli prints  I’ll even use the “leftover” sheet to cut up!

gelli prints1Thanks for stopping by and watching the video.  As always, hit the “like” button and leave a comment below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Art Journal Page – Believe (time lapse video)

Hello again!  I’m on vacation this week and I thought it would be great to post another video!  This spread was done in my Moleskine watercolour journal and took about 38 minutes to complete.  I began with a layer of gesso and then glued some music sheet paper and patterned scrapbook paper down.  In the end you can’t see the scrapbook paper through the paint, but that’s ok.  It still gave a little texture on the page.  A complete list of supplies is listed below.

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Liquitex Gesso

Stickles – Star Dust

Dylusions Stamp – Word Love

Scrapbook Pages

Golden Liquid Acrylic Paint – Teal

Americana Craft Paint – Vivid Violet

UHU Gluestick

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Versafine Ink – Black

Memento Ink – Teal Zeal

Heartfelt Creations Background Stamp – Large Elegant Words

Flower Stencil

Dina Wakley Mixed Media Stamp – Woodcuts

Derwent Inktense Pencil – Deep Indigo

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Make Time to Art! #2

make time 2-2Here’s another spread in my “Make Time to Art!” series inspired by Rae Missigman’s 15 Minutes of Mixed Media videos.  I have been allowing myself 30 minutes to use whatever supplies I have within reach.  The goal is to not over-think what you’re doing.

I started this series in a leather-bound journal that has handmade paper inside.  Before I begin, I make sure I have my chosen paint colours, stencils, stamps and pens within reach.  There’s no need to waste time rummaging through your stash.  I’m purposely not using any collage elements or heavy textures in this journal, mostly to keep down the bulk.

This exercise has encouraged me to set aside a little bit of time (30 minutes is not long!) to practice.  I really enjoy not having to pre-plan a page.  Sometimes it means repeating shapes or elements on a number of spreads, but that doesn’t matter.  The point is to sit down and do it!

make time 2-1make time 2-3Thanks for taking a look!  Please like this post or share it if you see something that inspires you!  Comments are always welcome!

Make Time to Art!

I have been watching Rae Missigman’s YouTube videos recently (and repeatedly).  She has a great series called 15 Minutes of Mixed Media where she deliberately restricts her time to make an art journal spread.  She calls it “an exercise in art and making time.”  I’m always amazed at how much can be accomplished in such a short period.  Even though there is a time pressure, it also seems to be freeing in some way.  So, I thought I would give it a go!

I chose a separate journal book to practice in.  This journal came from Gettysburg, PA and is leather bound with beautiful embossing all over the cover.  The pages were what drew me in though.  The paper seems to be handmade and is very fibrous.  When you put a layer of gesso and then layers of acrylic paint, it has the feel of canvas.  I love it!  The pages are approximately 4″ x 6″ so it’s not too intimidating to be faced with a large white space.

journal  15 minutes is a little ambitious for me so I gave myself 30 minutes to make a spread.  I did minor preparations before I started the timer by pre-gessoing the pages and making sure that the supplies I wanted to use were within arms reach.  I didn’t want to waste time searching through my stash for paint colours or stencils.  I put the ones I thought I might use right in front of me, along with the usual baby wipes, paper towels and water bucket.

The was the result.

journey1I’m very pleased with how this turned out!  I used bright and happy colours (Golden acrylics) with stencils, stamps and pens to create marks.  I didn’t keep a list of supplies as I went, like I normally do.  I wanted to have the least amount of pressure while I made the page.  It began as an experiment and I’m very excited to try it again.

journey2     journey3I highly recommend trying this out for yourself, especially if you feel like you’re in a creative rut.  To get some inspiration, watch your favourite artist on YouTube, prepare your space, sit down, and go for it!  I’m going to continue to practice this and will post my pages as they come.

Thanks for taking a look and please share or comment below.  I would love to hear if you have tried this for yourself and what has worked for you when you make time to art!

art journal page – inspiration board (journal 52)

inspiration board 6Week 12 of Journal 52 was “Inspiration Board.”  I searched for magazine images and came across a Canadian Geographic with these pictures in it.  The more I looked at them the more I found that they expressed some great inspiration so they became the basis of this page.  I started with a layer of gesso and then a layer of Golden acrylic paint spread on using a palette knife.

inspiration board  Next I stamped some distressed lines using a background stamp and red StazOn ink.

inspiration board 2I then scraped some white acrylic paint down using a palette knife.

inspiration board 3I arranged the images around the page to balance them out and glued them down with Golden Soft Gel medium.  I outlined them with a black oil pastel and smudged the edges with my fingertip.  I added the blue circles with my fingertip as well with some more acrylic paint.

inspiration board 4I doodled around the circles with a white gel pen and added my descriptions around the photos to explain what each one represents in my inspiration board.  Finally I stamped the title on white cardstock and glued it to the top.

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Liquitex Gesso

Golden Acrylic Paints – Quinacridone Magenta, Cerulean Blue Deep

Impression Obsession Background Stamp – Distressed Lines

StazOn Ink – Blazing Red

Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint – Titanium White

Golden Soft Gel (Matte) Medium

Cray-Pas Oil Pastels – black, white

VersaFine Ink

White Cardstock

Alphabet Stamps

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Faber Castee PITT Pen – Black

Pigma Micron 08 Pen – Black

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Americana Acrylic Craft Paint – Lamp Black

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art journal page – just write (journal 52)

just write 4This page was made for Week 11 of Journal 52 and “Just Write” was the prompt.  This was to encourage using our own handwriting as the focal point of the page, whether we journalled or copied something from another source.  I’ve been wanting to incorporate handwriting into my pages but for some reason it causes me anxiety, as I’m sure it does for many of you.  I’ve realized after completing this page that I am happier with the pages that I don’t put too much thought into.  I much prefer to sit down and experiment without having a finished product in mind.  These pages come easier and are more enjoyable.  The great thing about working my way through these prompts each week is that it takes me out of my comfort zone.  What better way to learn, right?

This page was done in my Moleskine watercolour book and began with gluing down a piece of scrapbook paper in the center.  I used gesso around the edges to try to blend the paper into the page.

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I used purple and white acrylic paints around the edges to create the border and scraped some doodles into the paint to make some texture.  I also painted some green doodles around the border to try to coordinate some of the green from the scrapbook page.  Next I stamped the checkerboard pattern in purple.

just write 2Then came the handwriting in the center.  I wrote about my birthday and the different things that I did that week to celebrate.  I doodled some more with white ink around the border and added the white circles using my fingertip dipped in gesso.

just write 3I finished it off by stamping the circles in black ink.

just write 4Supplies:

Liquitex Gesso

Scrapbook paper

Golden Soft Gel (Matte)

Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paints – Dioxazine Purple, Light Green, Titanium White

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple

Tim Holtz Checkerboard stamp and Circle stamp

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Faber Castell PITT Pen – Black

Tim Holtz Distress Stickles – Picket Fence

VersaFine Ink – Black

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