March 17, 2016

Dr. Seuss Art Journal Page

Be who you are and say what you mean.
Because those who mind don't matter,
and those who matter don't mind.
-Dr. Seuss
Art journal page
Art journal page 
Hi there! Thank you for stopping by to see my journal page. As you can see, it was inspired by Dr. Seuss. I don't care how old I am, the rhymes from his book still stick and hold meaning.  

I made this art journal page last night. I glues book pages to the background. I'm sure you ca understand the rationale behind that lol. 
Below are the steps I took to make this page:
  1. Glued down old book pages
  2. Gesso spritzed with water to thin it out
  3. Mixed acrylic Apple Barrel paint with water (it spreads easier with water, and I wanted to the book pages to show through) 
  4. Stencil with a Tim Holtz Stencil & an arrow stencil I found at Michaels using black Archival Ink
  5. Stamped a water bottle cap dipped in white paint
  6. Drew a hat (found a google image and drew what I saw on the screen)
  7. Cut the hat
  8. Painted the hat with red and white Apple Barrel acrylic paint
  9. Went over the hat with permanent marker to cover up the mess I made with paint
  10. Stamped the quote using black Archival Ink and Tim Holtz letter stamps
  11. Drew a border around both pages in pencil
  12. Painted the border with black acrylic paint (twice)
  13. Painted on white dots
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March 15, 2016

Crazy Bird Art Journal Page

Art Journal Page Mixed Media Style

This is one of those art journal pages that I let go and had fun doing. I am such a perfectionist, and such a type A personality. Those personality traits really effect me when I go to my art journal. Nothing is wrong with wanting things a certain way, and being tidy. But when perfection is the obsession, the fun part of art journaling can quickly go down the drain. I'm learning little by little to let goooooo.....& embrace the process.

I got into art journaling as a hobby; something fun to do. I was also looking for an outlet to the stresses of everyday life. A goal of mine is to push aside the critic and perfectionist in me. I don't want to push it out 100%, I'm just working towards a balance.

Somehow I let go and enjoyed myself. I don't really know how it happened. I just went with it! I don't care if its not perfect. I love how it turned out! These crazy birds are my fave! Ten years from now when Tim Holtz comes out with new stamps, I'll still be using these crazy birds lol

mixed media art journal page
Art Journal Page
I did not take pics of the process. Below are a the steps and materials used on the page. I'm trying to keep the description below as simple as possible so you can do it too. Sometimes too many details can be confusing. 

  1. Gesso coat
  2. Gelatos applied and blended with a damp finger
  3. Stamped with Distress Inks and Archival Ink (that's the brick stamp and faint bubbles)
  4. Stenciled using paint (that's the white circles on the page)
  5. Stenciled using Archival Ink (that's the arrows)
  6. Stamped words on printer paper
  7. Cut out words, inked, glued to page
  8. Stamped Crazy Bird
  9. Inked Crazy bird with Distress Ink
  10. Cut crazy bird and glued to page
  11. Border with acrylic paint