Friday, January 29, 2021

Let's Begin Art Journaling 2021

2021 and all things possible. I saw this new to me challenge: Creatalicious Challenges and it can be anything made from paper. So I thought I try a couple of journal pages and play along.

For Christmas I asked my hubby for products from Studio Light Art by Marlene sold on Joggles.com. As usual, I gave a list, and the generous hubby that he is, bought me everything on it! I thought this year, I am going to play more with paper and create journals. I don't think I will be the scribbling type of art journalist with self portraits, but more whatever strikes my fancy. I want to use things I have on hand.
This is one of the journal cutting dies by Art by Marlene (StencilBM12) that I received. They are so fun because there are dies within dies and perfect for creating your own smaller art journal. 
If you look around the edges of the picture above, you'll see 2 dies - one cut the cover and the inner one cuts the inside pages. I have the Big Shot Accessory Extended Cutting Pad & Plates which makes a one shot cut easy. You could do it with the regular Big Shot - just tape the die to the paper and turn it.
I used a Mixed Media Paper by American Crafts and cut about 10 sets - which is 20 separate pages. Since these fold in the middle the only separate cut page that could be a 2 pager - is the one that goes in the middle of the book.
I started with the front & back pages and use Ken Oliver's Color Bursts. No Gesso or any type of medium was used first. I let my pages dry naturally and then I ran it through my Heidi Swapp laminator between 2 plain sheets of copy paper to flatten it out. 
I stamped with Altenew's Obsidian Black ink with stamps I have in my stash for years. I love the Wizard of Oz "Glenda the Good Witch" sentiment from Technique Junkies which says "You are capable of more than you know". The bold words are from Tim Holtz's 2015 MM2 set and the numbers are from a set I bought at Michaels and never used. Feels good to use random stuff from my stash.
My Covid-19 page was inspired by Sticky Quotes that I have from Studio Light Art by Marlene. These quotes are so unique and the smaller book has a set each in white and a set in black. All the way to the back was a page of these amoeba looking white stickers and I knew just what I wanted to create. 
The larger sticker book has white, black and kraft color of all quotes - 3 sets. The sentiment was just perfect for this worldwide Pandemic time in our lives - "One day you will tell your story of how you have overcome what you are going through now".
I did put Gesso on both pages before I sprayed in my Splat Box. I used so many colors, but basically Distress Oxide Speckled Egg, Distress Spray Stain Peacock Feathers and Mustard Seed. Lots of Dina Wakley Media White Gloss Spray and gold sprays of various sorts. I just kept spraying, stencilling and letting it drip and run.
The Covid shapes have Scrapbook.com's new Clear Shimmer and once dry, a layer of Nuvo Crystal Clear Glaze.
Trying to show the sparkle and shine:
Here is another page I did with Poppy Stamps birds die and an Art by Marlene sticker sentiment:
I did cut out a cover for the Art Journal out of plain heavy cardboard - it cut perfectly. I also cut a piece out of Art by Marlene Faux Leather:
I glued them together and now can't find them! Does that happen to you? You put something in a new place and then takes a while before you can find it again.  Tough getting old...It will turn up.

I hope you enjoyed my beginning stages of Art Journaling. Starting small and see how it goes. In the past I have created large 2 page journals, but now I want to play more and with smaller pages, it makes it quicker and easier. Stay tuned and thanks for sticking to the end!
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