Here is a flip-through of my second completed art journal. It’s taken me a year to fill (it was originally a book about the history of music), but overall I’m really happy with the finished product. The pages were thick and didn’t wrinkle much, which was a real result too. I hope you guys enjoy watching!
I have managed to do a lot of art journaling this summer, and these are some of the pages I’ve created.
‘Nothing Worth Having Ever Comes Easy’ – torn pages glued in background, paint applied roughly with fingers, rubber stamp leaves, doodles and text added in posca pens and sharpies.
‘I’ve Been Moving Mountains That I Once Had To Climb’ – watered down acrylic background, mountains created with torn pieces from magazines, details added with sharpie.
Finally, I created my front cover, as the art journal I’m currently working on is an altered book which needed the original cover changing. I decided to use the sheets of paper which I lay on my desk to prevent paint splashes and mop up any spillages to cover the front. I then added some illustration in pen and the title using my trusty old posca pens! I was pleased with how it turned out. 🙂
Hooray! I have completed my first ever art journal! I started it last July, and due to university and my semester abroad it has taken longer than I would’ve liked to finish, but I am definitely pleased with the final product. Sure, there are pages I like less than others, but I think that’s all part of the process, and some of my pages I absolutely love. 🙂
I thought you guys might like to see a flip-through video of the journal, as though I have posted a few of the individual pages on here already, there’s a lot you haven’t seen yet. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!
At the moment I simply can’t stop art journalling, it’s so fun! These are the pages I have created in the past couple of weeks, using a variety of different techniques including washi tape, cuttings from magazines, paint chip samples, and napkins! I hope you guys like them. 🙂
Using cuttings from magazines in my art journalling is not something I’ve really tried out before now, but this page has shown how much it can work. I cut out the woman’s face from a shampoo advert, and then scanned through some magazine pages, looking for words which stood out to me, either because I believe in them, or because they often occupy my thoughts. Once I had found a decent amount I moved on to creating the background.
This was a very slapdash approach. I used some DecoArt paint mists in yellow, red, cyan and magenta, and then used a wet brush to roughly spread them. I wasn’t trying to be too neat, or to cover all the white of the page; the messier, the better. Next I added some illustration to the woman’s face using just black biro and some sharpies. I stuck this down, and then set about arranging the words.
I wanted the words to be streaming from the top of her head, and when I had achieved a layout which I was happy with, I stuck them down, and drew some black lines flowing between the phrases. Finally I roughly sketched in some flowers around the edge.
This page was based around the quote ‘You will never ‘find’ time for anything, if you want time you must make it’, which I believe to be very true. I began by applying green and blue paints in the background and then using a wet wipe to blend them together. I then created large paint splatters on top in green, blue and white.
I then built up layers using corrugated cardboard to add paint, rubber stamps of clocks, and numbered stencils from the DecoArt ‘Industrial’ stencil set. I also cut images of clock faces from a magazine, and cut the large clock face from an old map before adding the numbers and then fading it out with gesso. Lastly I wrote the quote on thin pieces of paper and gave them a bold black outline.
This page began with watery orange and pink paints blended then blotted. I used bubble wrap to apply paint, and also used rubber stamps to create faint flowers in the background. I cut out the centres of the flowers from scrap papers and then painted the petals with acrylics. A black sharpie added definition and lastly I wrote this lovely quote.