Salvaging a Book + GIVEAWAY- Guest Post from Mou Saha Hi everyone, Mou Saha here from Creating Keepsakes magazine. In spirit of green crafting, I had been salvaging an old book into my current art journal. Here’s a spread from that book. Here are my steps in visuals and captions. Hope you enjoyed my little process tutorial and would give it a try. If you like upcycling the stuff of life, you might enjoy the 4-week workshop I’m teaching at Big Picture Classes called Lift Me Up! Please leave a comment to this post about your favorite thing to upcycle and ONE person can win a spot in the workshop. Good luck J
Art Journal Process Art Journal Process I got some new art materials in the mail yesterday and was very anxious to play with them. I started working on backgrounds, then was taken with a green page I had painted previously. It took off and I ended up going through the whole process and finishing it. Here is a peek into how I work in my art journal: Blank pages ready to go. Here is how I remedy the situation with flimsy pages. Cover the magazine pieces completely with gesso or acrylic paint. Allow the gesso or paint to dry completely. Apply paint with an old credit card, gift card, or palette knife. Spray watered down acrylic paint, glimmer mist (as I did here) or other spray ink and let it drip down the page. Choose collage elements. That's as far as I got on that yellow page. I tore the vintage book page into pieces without any thought, then adhered them using gel medium. Next comes inking and random stamping. Added some more random rub-ons and ink to the edges. Add embellishments. The finished product!
How to add Journaling to your Art Journal (I of III on text) An Art Journal spread with lots of text (this is part I of III in a series of posts about text in your Art Journal). I finished this page this weekend as I sat outside in the sun and thought about what music means to me; Art Journaling to me is working with art in book form. It can include doodling, drawing, acrylic painting, watercolors, stamping and gluing with all kind of papers! Can you tell I get carried away with this subject? Anyway. When I started to keep an art journal I got rather frustrated with this, wanting to write but never finding the right spot to do it on. And as the months passed I did find my writing spots amongst all that color. I’m dividing my thoughts into three posts, so stay tuned this week. I totally agree with Michelle Ward who thinks that Visual Journaling is not about writing, it’s about the creative art process, something she says in her latest post on the Street Team blog. Here is the same spread, but before the writing was added: Go visit; Now.
Gerald Brommer Workshop ~ Floral Collage ~ Art Journal Pages Floral Collage11" x 15"Gerald Brommer gave instructions that he didn't want to see any pistils or stamens in our floral collages. I got that one covered in my floral painting above but Jerry's florals below are outstanding. I had time to start a second one but it is not finished yet. The muted gray color in the background (the negative shape) was achieved by watercolor with a little white gouache and applying and then dabbing with a Kleenex to give it more texture. Click on the images to enlarge. These two 11" x 15" paintings (above and below) are Jerry's and I love them both, don't you? Books:I will mention one of the books he has written that he told us about.He feels that this book is important one to teach art history in the school system." Art Journal Page 98 and 99 I didn't make daily entries while I was packing or attending the Gerald Brommer workshop for 2 weeks.
How to Write Better: 7 Instant Fixes Does your writing stand out? Do you worry whether your writing is good enough? I can see you nodding your head. You are not alone. Every writer has doubts about his or her writing. The good thing is that writing is a journey. On this journey, you can either travel the long road – or use shortcuts. Using shortcuts means learning to spot and fix mistakes in order to write better. Here are seven instant fixes that will improve your writing. But … what is good writing? Inexperienced writers think that ‘good’ writing is elaborate. No, good writing is simple. 1: The art of natural Check out an example of elaborate writing below (I’ve sourced examples of writing from free Kindle books chosen at random). This is from a story about a young girl who is at home with her young brother when a thunderstorm strikes. An ebony abyss claimed the den. I take this to mean, “The room went dark.” Maybe the author consulted a Thesaurus to create a sentence with special words. Your words should sound natural. Careful!
★ ART JOURNALING | Technique Tutorials, Inspiration and Prompts ★ Art journaling is a fantastic hobby for people who enjoy being artistic, and when you finish a journal it is so satisfying to look through the beautiful and varied pages you've created. I especially love journals that incorporate a wide range of media and texture experiments because these journals are literally bursting at the seams and are so fun to look through! You can use a huge number of different materials in your journal, and you can really let your creativity run free without judgement. The most popular materials are pens (markers, felt tips, micron pens etc) and paints (acrylic, watercolor, oil etc), although I've seen everything from salt to tea bags being used! I find experimenting with art techniques to be the most fun part of this hobby. Art journals can simply be a notebook and a pencil, or you can make use of several different techniques on one page. And remember...every page does not need to be a masterpiece.
How to create and keep an art journal by aisling d'art ©2006 Artist's journals are illustrated diaries and journals on any theme. An art journal can be a record of your daily thoughts, a travel journal, an exercise or diet diary, a dream journal, a place where you jot down your goals or to-do lists, or... well, almost any record that you'd like to keep in a book or notebook. They become "art journals" when you add any kind of illustration or embellishment to the pages. These pages share ideas and tips for creating and keeping your own illustrated journal. How to create an art journal How I started my art journals - Early notes about how I work, from a 2001 email. Art journaling techniques How to collage in your art journals - A summary of the basics. Color basics for art and travel journals - An overview, preparing for my upcoming workshop and journaling tour. Materials and supplies for art journaling Composition book art journals - Affordable, fun notebooks for all kinds of journals and diaries. Writing tips, prompts, and ideas
teesha's circus Aliventures — Writing, blogging, and self-publishing Art Journal Every Day Q: How can I find all the previous Art Journal Every Day posts? A: Find them all listed by category and linked here. Q: What is Art Journal Every Day? A: Art Journal Every Day is weekly feature on this blog. It appears every Friday. Q: What does the title "Art Journal Every Day" mean? A: I do my best to art journal every day. Q: How can I participate? A: Lots of different ways! There is a free flickr group here for sharing photos of your pages. Also, you can grab this button... ...for your blog by copying the text in the box and pasting it into your sidebar. Q: What if I've never art journaled before? A: Jump right in! Q: What supplies do I need to get started? A: You don't "need" anything.