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So I have 3 more pages to share from the art journal swap that I’m participating in.

First is Mindy’s journal:


Mindy’s theme was ‘art’.  The skirt was done using molding paste and a stencil.  I love this quote.

Next is Amy’s journal:


Her theme is ‘Dreams and Treasures’. The background was done using scrapbook paper that was all different maps.  It’s been covered in red oxide liquid acrylic and some rust liquid acrylic.  I created the saying using masking fluid before I painted the pages.

And Beth’s journal:


Her theme was ‘love’.  I had issues with coming up with how I wanted to interrupt this.  I tried a couple of different things, in fact there are a couple layers under this that you can’t even see.  I started off by using  a stamp that looks like text, then created some shapes in the corners with a stencil.  The I tried using a different stencil and did NOT like the result.  That’s when I created the heart and Love with masking fluid and covered in a pearl blue paint.  Then I put down the quote using letter stickers, then stamped over the top with a bronze fluid acrylic.  Once it was dry, I pulled off the stickers and masking fluid.


I’ve been using one of my journals mostly to try different techniques and just having fun.  I haven’t really written on any pages and don’t know if I will.   Maybe, maybe not.  We’ll see.

These are the first two pages in the journal.  Yes, they’re kind of ugly.  I was basically using these pages as a place to put extra paint left at the end of a session.  I doubt these will stay like this.  They’ll progress and I can’t wait to see what they turn into.

These pages are from one of the classes in last year’s 21 Secrets.  It was about mandalas.  I don’t totally love this page, but it was fun to design.

The page on the left just has a layer of some yellow and orange paint.  On the right, this page was also from a class in last year’s 21 Secrets.  The paint was applied with a gift card and there is also a layer of molding paste on the page to give it texture.  The center section does not have texture and leaves you with a place to write if you’re inclined.

This is my favorite spread in the art journal.

Here’s a closer look at the right side.  The technique is achieved by painting two different colors of acrylic paint on the page and then placing a stencil over it.  Then you take a baby wipe (yes, a baby wipe) and remove the paint through the stencil.  I love the misty, hazy look of the page.  In the original demo where I saw this done, you started with putting gesso on the page before painting the acrylics.  I did not do that here and I’m still very happy with how it looks.

This is just a repeated stencil that I moved around the page till it was covered.  I used a makeup sponge to apply the paint.

Here I tried to repeat the stencil technique.  But I altered it by putting down a layer of copper acrylic, let that dry, put down a layer of clear gesso, and then the two other colors on top.  And then the baby wipe again.  Unfortunately I don’t think I let the gesso dry enough and the baby wipe pulled up the copper paint as well.  But I still like it.

This was just me playing with some watercolor crayons and a stamp one night.

This is from one of this year’s 21 Secret classes.  I wish I could remember the name of the class and who was teaching it, but I don’t.  I’ll have to go look that up.  This is just the beginning of the page, I haven’t gone back to add additional layers.  The paint was applied with a palette knife and then we were supposed to look for shapes in the paint and start outlining them.

Okay, well that’s all for now from my art journal 🙂

So I’ve been really interested in book binding and making my own journals and have been reading lots of books about repurposing other books to make journals.  A couple weeks ago at work, I found a year planner that we had each been given by our company before the beginning of the year.  It was boring and ugly and I would never use it.  So I started to think about how I could transform it.

Here’s the planner and the ugly brown shiny cover.  I took some electrical tape and in horizontal stripes, I covered it.

Here it is covered.  Eventually I might go back and add some collage elements to the cover, but for now I like the black tape.

Then I took some gesso to cover the writing on the first page, but left the year.  I put down a couple more coats after this so that the text has basically disappeared.  I’ve also gone through on some of the other pages and either laid down gesso or glued on different papers (cardstock or decorative papers) to cover up the month squares.   I’m excited to use this journal.

This journal page I did sometime last week or the week before.  I can’t remember and I’ve been terrible about dating my work (something that I need to change).

This was done in a watercolor tablet.  I wish I could say that I drew the dragonfly free-hand but I didn’t.  I used a template that I had printed in 3 different sizes.  I used watercolor pencils and PITT artist pens.

Dragonflies are kind of my totem animal.  I really would like to return to this design at a later time and do some other things involving metallics.

Today’s challenge was to just use circular shapes.  I debated on what materials to use for this. I thought about cutting out a bunch of circles in different sizes from some collage materials or using my new watercolor paints.  In the end I decided to go with my watercolor pencils.  I put down a coat of gesso on the page since it’s not watercolor paper.  Unfortunately, I didn’t wait quite long enough for the gesso to completely dry so the paper started to rip in a couple places when I used the pencils.  I’m just so-so about the results.  I think it’ll be a good base page to come back and use later on.

Also, I had put a drop of ink in the middle of each of the larger circles.  I thought they had dried before I went to bed, so I closed the journal and put some books on top to flatten out the pages.  Well, as you can see, the ink wasn’t completely dry.  I do like the strange shapes the ink took and it gave me an idea for another page.

I realize I’ve neglected this blog for a couple of weeks.  We didn’t have batteries in our camera and it took me about a week to remember that I could take pictures on my phone of what I was working on.  Though I don’t think the phone pictures come out as well.

Yesterday’s prompt was Paper Poems.  I used some watercolors to create the base of the design (I got REAL watercolors and am so in love with them).  Then I cut words out of a magazine to create the “poem”.  I used an old issue of Romantic Times Book Reviews and all the words/phrases come from ads for romance novels.

day 23

Today’s challenge was layered lines.  I used watercolor paints and tried to make mine as colorful as possible.  The text on the page takes about taking my son to a carousel today.


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  • Nichole: thank you so much for the card! I got the Margaret Atwood one....which i love because she was one of my favorite authors i read in college!
  • Kimber: Great postcards! Love the variety of styles!
  • Carlin: I am the recipient of the non-pictured card! Using all different techniques is a great idea. I don't know that I could have managed it. I love how all