Thursday, July 19, 2018

Art Journaling Just Because

I pulled out the mixed media paper pad I use for art journaling several weeks ago. I've had it several years and have created pages sporadically (most notably HERE and HERE).

Although the pages are perforated, I've mostly just left them in the spiral pad. Since I mainly art journal just because I'm inspired or I want to try something new, I decided to get a little creative with the cover. I started with some white gesso as I began to cover up the product details.

Then I added some acrylic paint, a quote card, and a hand lettered title. This custom cover makes it feel like more of a journal to me!

As I was flipping through the pages, I came across a photo I had printed on a piece of printer paper. My original plan (a couple of years ago) was to somehow trace or draw a similar photo for an art journal page; however, I decided to simply adhere the photo as the beginning of a page. I painted around the edges and added a title.

It's hard to tell from the photo, but I used a green Wink of Stella pen to add shimmer to the leaves and bushes.

Do you use these types of paper pads for art journaling? Do you typically leave your pages in the spiral or punch them out and put them somewhere else?


  1. Green Wink of Stellar!?!?!?! I must go in search of that, thankfully I have a Michaels coupon (col).

    I do not art journal ... I like what you have done with the photo. I do have a book of quotes & poems which I glue photos in, ones that speak to me.

  2. I have multiple books of art work - some in notebooks like you've shown, some in repurposed books - not a single one finished or full! If I work in the book, I leave it in the book. But for my Life Book class this year, I have been removing pages before I start creating. Those art pieces will all be bound together at the end of the year with my Cinch.


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