Spectacular Moleskine Doodles Explode with Energy - My Modern Met Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes proves that doodling can be so much more than scratching unintelligible scribbles on paper. Through his Sketchy Stories blog, Rosanes shares his wonderful world of doodling in a simple Moleskine sketchbook. Equipped with an ordinary Moleskine, a few Uni Pin drawing pens, and his innate gift for drawing, the artist is able to transport viewers to a world where tiny, cartoonish creatures explode with gusto to make up larger entities. Each of the illustrator's complex and crowded sketches are filled with minute details that allow the eye to wander and discover new characters and designs at every turn. The portraits are immediately mesmerizing, but even more spectacular when looked upon closely. Kerby Rosanes websiteKerby Rosanes on deviantART via [Gaks]
Sewing on your journal pages by aisling d'art ©2007 You can use any page in a book like fabric (to sew on, for example) by using iron-on interfacing on the back side of the page. Yes, just iron it on, the same as you would iron interfacing onto fabric. It won't always stick 100%, but it will work well enough that you can sew through it. (If you try to embroider or sew beads onto regular pages in a book, the thread tends to pull right through the paper, if the thread is tugged.) You can do the same thing with your journal cover. You can then embroider with emboidery floss, yarn, thin ribbon, etc. At left, you can see one of my journal covers that I've embellished with sewn-on buttons. After you've finished your sewing (or other embellishment), you can glue a page or fabric over the ironed-on interfacing, so your stitches are concealed. You'll find iron-on interfacing at any fabric shop. Then again, after I sew beads onto the page, I like to cover the interfacing side with more paper... maybe a collage.
Wax paper and art journals by aisling d'art ©2006 I use wax paper to separate damp art journal pages so that they don't stick together. Wax paper is inexpensive, very slightly porous (so the pages dry underneath), and easy to use. You'll find wax paper at the grocery store, in the aisle with foil and plastic (cling) wrap. When I'm separating journal pages with wax paper, I cut or tear the wax paper so that it's slightly larger--at least one-half inch--than the pages that I'm working with. The key to successfully using wax paper to separate them, is not to allow much weight on the wet pages. Generally, I gesso five or six pages at a time. If I was working with a regular, bound journal, I'd watch carefully to see how much the binding "pulls" the pages together. Wax paper usually works pretty well... but it's not a 100% reliable way to keep wet pages apart. I've used wax paper when I've gesso'd in airplanes (very dry air) and here in sultry, humid Houston. However, glue can be hit-or-miss with wax paper.
Supplies for Journaling There's oodles of creative fun to be had painting an art journal, which is art-making, diary-keeping, and journaling all in one. The starting point is having a stash of supplies organized and easily available so you never have to interrupt your creative flow because of a lack of something. Then some appealing paper or journal to work in, and a nice pen. 1. Image: © 2008 Marion Boddy-Evans. All your existing art supplies -- paints and brushes, crayons, pencils, paper, canvas, etc. -- can be used for art journaling or creating altered pages. 2. Photo © Marion Boddy-Evans. If you're concerned about the longevity of what you're creating, use archival glue and tape, which will last and not "eat" the paper over time. If you're using with acrylic paint, this also works as a glue, as does many acrylic mediums (especially those that dry clear rather than white). 3. Marker pens make it easy to add lettering. 4. 5. 6. Image ©Marion Boddy-Evans. An art journal can take any shape or form you wish.
100 Excellent Art Therapy Exercises for Your Mind, Body, and Soul January 9th, 2011 Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." It's no surprise, then, that many people around the world use art as a means to deal with stress, trauma and unhappiness – or to just find greater peace and meaning in their lives. Emotions Deal with emotions like anger and sadness through these helpful exercises. Draw or paint your emotions. Relaxation Art therapy can be a great way to relax. Paint to music. Happiness Art can not only help you deal with the bad stuff, but also help you appreciate and focus on the good. Draw your vision of a perfect day. Portraits Often, a great way to get to know yourself and your relationships with others is through portraits. Create a future self-portrait. Trauma and Unhappiness These activities will ask you to face some unpleasant aspects of life, but with the goal of overcoming them. Draw a place where you feel safe. Collaging Create a motivational collage. Self Draw images of your good traits. Gratitude
art journaling as a creative process Understanding What Art Journaling Is: 10 Links to Get You Started | Get It Scrapped! from an art journal by Dina Wakley Do you art journal? Are you wondering if you might like art journaling? Maybe you’ve heard about keeping a visual diary and it’s piqued your interest. Or . . . maybe you’re wondering just what these so-called art and visual journals or diaries actually are. Take a little time to stroll through the links below and get a better understanding of this art form that’s become popular. So take a look and let us know if you’re feeling inspired to try some art journaling yourself. from Frida Kahlo Dina Wakley: Defining Art Journaling Aisling D’Art: How I Started My Art Journals Squidoo Lens by Sammie: A Goldmine of Journal Writing Prompts Play Design Create: 7 Tips to Build a Treasury of Art Journal Ideas Flicker Inspiration: Flickr group: Visual Journals Dina Wakley: Using Art Journal Techniques on Scrapbook Pages Dina Wakley is a mixed-media and scrapbook artist who lives in Glendale, AZ with her husband and three fellas.
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
Pattern Making Courses Online - Design your own clothes - eTelestia Creative Writing Prompts Write a scene that includes a character speaking a different language, speaking in a thick accent, or otherwise speaking in a way that is unintelligibe to the other characters. (Note: You don't necessarily need to know the language the character is speaking—be creative with it!) Describe a character's reaction to something without explaining what it is. Write a story or a scene about one character playing a prank on another. Writing Prompt: Write a story that involves confusion over homonyms (words that have the same spelling but different meanings) or homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently). For World Storytelling Day, share the best story you've ever heard or told by word of mouth, or have a fictional character recount their favorite story. You're making your way down a cobbled street when a stocky, red-bearded man beckons you into an alley. Pick an item from each column in the chart to create a simile.
Journaling Prompts to enhance your journal writing. — Writing Through Life Writing About Domestic Violence October 6, 2014 Since October is Domestic Awareness Month, I want to help bring awareness to this issue while offering ways to write about how violence affects each of us personally. It’s not a subject we like to think about. And when it happens publicly, as recent viral videos have shown, those of us who have not experienced that […] Read the full article → Journaling Prompts: About Making Mistakes September 22, 2014 Mistake: an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong: coming here was a mistake | she made the mistake of thinking they were important.• something, esp. a word, figure, or fact, that is not correct; an inaccuracy: a couple of spelling mistakes. Read the full article →
Weekly Challenge #21 Happy Monday everyone! First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:If you're NEW here (and there've been a lot of new additions to the party!) I'm working on creating some tutorials to help you out. You can click on the links above or: See "Getting Started" and "Tutorials" Last week's challenge slideshow is late, my apologies. I hope to have it up and running soon!! Things are getting back to normal though. I had a wonderful Mother's Day - B-rad got up with the boys so i could sleep in... cue the choir of angels... We got a new stroller that will make taking both kids out for walks much easier! Okay, on to the Challenge!! This weekend Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas came out with a new official tangle "Oof" in the new Newsletter. I've said before that i love a new tangle for the weekly challenge - it's a great way for everyone to get acquainted with a new pattern, and to share the tangleations that come from them! Here's mine: I can't wait to see where "Oof" will take you!
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