Art Journal #1

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    Art Journal 1: Beginnings

    Back in February I started to art journal.  What is art journaling?  Art journaling is a way of expressing yourself in illustrated form in journals and diaries.  It really has no set rules.  Which is great because I don’t believe art should have rules.  I believe you should be able to express yourself however you like. When I had first looked into art journaling a few years ago I had come across websites that stated art journaling had to be done a certain way and that there were certain rules to follow.  Due to this I decided to not art journal but this year when I started to do artist trading cards I was again interested in art journaling.  This time when I looked into it I found that the majority of art journalers don’t believe there are rules so I decided to start.  You can read more about art journaling at Twelve Squared Creations or you can google art journaling and you will find many pages that talk about it.

    I have had fun art journaling these past few months.  My first art journals have been about figuring out what I like and don’t like, trying new techniques and trying my hardest to not be a perfectionist. That has been the hardest but it is something that doesn’t go well with art.  So if I make a mistake I just keep going instead of tearing the page out and starting over. Despite how a page turns out I always post it.  I have also tried not to plan anything.  I just sit down at my art table and just do whatever comes to mind or express however I feel.

    I completed my first art journal in August.  There are a few pages I don’t like at all but there are many I like and a few I love.  It has been a great experience and I plan to continue art journaling.  Below is a slideshow with all the pages in my first completed art journal which I titled Beginnings.  The images are in the order that they are in the journal and not in the order I created them.  You can also view the pages in the portfolio section.

    I hope you enjoy my art journal.

    Art Journal 1 – “Beginnings”

    Created using Slidely – Slideshow Maker.


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    Sneak Peek on Art Journal #1 Covers

    No art journal pages this week as I have been working on the covers of my completed journal. I had hoped to have the covers completed this week but the spackling is taking longer to dry then I had thought. The inside covers are done and the backcover has already been spackled and has a coat of paint. Below are the inside covers.  I think the front inside cover is missing something; so I may add a bit more. The pictures aren’t great so I will retake them once the rest are finished.

    Inside Front Cover


    Inside Back Cover
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    Art Journal Pages for the Week

    Yesterday I created the last page in my first art journal.  It felt really good completing it.  This week I plan on working on the covers.  Then the following week I will compile a slideshow of the entire art journal.


    Created 8/15/2013
    Created using watercolor crayons, acrylic paint and acrylic paint pens on watercolor paper.
    "Rise Up"
    “Rise Up”
    Created 8/19/2013
    Created using acrylic paint, acrylic paint pens printout on watercolor paper.
    Created 8/22/2013
    Created using acrylic paint, metallic acrylic paint pens and torn dictionary pages on watercolor paper.
    "Time Flies"
    “Time Flies”
    Created 8/23/2013
    Created using acrylic paint and regular and metallic acrylic paint pens on watercolor paper.
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    Art Journal Pages for the Week

    This was not a good week for art journaling. These pages are rather blah. I especially dislike the second one.

    The first one I could see a face in that mess but after staring at it for a long time and trying to figure out how to draw it without messing it up; I gave up and went with what you see.  For the second one I had started it well over a month ago but I added some circles and didn’t like how it looked especially the ones at the top. I didn’t know how to fix it at the time so I just ignored the page. Now that I am almost done with this journal I couldn’t ignore it anymore. I covered the horrible circles on the top with washi tape and tried my best to fix the ones at the bottom. I then added some butterflies and decided it was done because I just couldn’t think of anything that would make it better.

    I was informed this week by my husband that my page backgrounds tend to use a lot of dark colors.  I hadn’t really noticed that.  So I will try to do more light colored backgrounds.

    "Deal with it"
    “Deal with it”
    Created 7/29/2013Created using acrylic paint, acrylic paint pen and masking tape on watercolor paper. 


    Created 7/29/2013Created using washit tape, Sakura Micron pens and distress ink on watercolor paper. 

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    Art Journal Page for the Week

    I like how this turned out.  I had originally painted the silhouette in solid black.  After gluing it on I decided I wanted to make it sparkle a bit but I didn’t like how it turned out.  I had used acrylic paint before but since it was glued onto the page I didn’t want to risk ruining the background; so instead I used black watercolor which unfortunately didn’t work too well.

    "I am"
    “I am”
    Created 7/25/2013

    Created using acrylic paint, watercolor, Sakura gel pen and buttons on watercolor paper.