Completed Art Journal #2 Flip-through

It’s taken me a year to complete my second art journal. This time around I decided to try an altered book journal. (Last time I tried binding my individual pages using twine, check it out here) The book was a particularly nice encyclopedia about the history of music, and its thick pages were perfect as there was no chance of the paint soaking through, especially once I added gesso. I think I’ll be using the same technique for my next journal, as I like transforming the pages, often using the text or pictures as inspiration for my art, or even leaving parts of them visible in the design. If you struggle sometimes with overcoming the hurdle of a blank page, I’d highly recommend an altered book art journal to get your creative juices flowing.

As always with a project such as this, there are some pages I’m not completely happy with, some where I feel I added too much, and on others not enough, but that is all part of the process. Each page reflects the thoughts, emotions and inspiration I had on a particular day, so it’s not about achieving perfection. Overall I’m happy with how the book has turned out, and can’t wait to begin my third journal!

I’d love to hear what you guys think. Which page is your favourite? 🙂

August/September Art Journaling

I have managed to do a lot of art journaling this summer, and these are some of the pages I’ve created.

‘Just Be You’ – Paint applied with sponge,  details using sharpies and posca pens, washi tape border, quote using Dymo label maker, embellishment cut from greetings card.

‘Darling I’m A Mess’- paint roughly applied with coarse brush, lines and spots made with black sharpie, text and drawing with posca pen on gesso.img_1844

‘Rebel’ (with Neck Deep lyrics) – background with sponged on paint, woman and REBEL cut from magazines, washi tape, coloured card shapes, posca pen details.

‘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.

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‘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.

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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. 🙂

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Art Journal #1 Flip-through

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!

‘Head Full of Thoughts’ Art Journal Page

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.

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‘Time’ Art Journal Page

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. img_1130

‘Find Ecstasy In Life’ Art Journal Page

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.