A couple of months ago I wrote about attending a demonstration on how to start and keep an Art Journal. (You can read about that here.) I was so impressed with presenter April Martin that when the art supply store that hosted the demo added her new workshop to its class schedule I quickly signed up.
For four Tuesday nights a group of us - maybe ten - glued and glittered, pasted and painted, penciled and stenciled, and generally had a grand old time creating our very own journals.
I do believe all of our inner artists were released!
April provided all sorts of ideas and instructions on different ways to prepare our blank pages and then ideas on how to fill them.
I am not very fearless when it comes to this but as the classes went on I got a little freer and more experimental. Mostly I played with different supplies and colors - watercolor and acrylic paints and all sorts of products I had no idea even existed - to prepare my journal's background pages.
Here are two samples of prepped pages:
And here is a sample of a page with added images:
The background on this page is simply a torn up small brown paper bag that a few of the art supplies I purchased came in.
I cut the images out of sheets of decorative papers that are available at craft and art supply stores. Someone else has done a lot of the work for me! I just need to know how to wield a pair of scissors...
The process is to keep layering images and words and colors to give the whole page a distressed look and express some sort of feeling. I am not that great with the feeling part so I decided to create a page based on a writing theme.
I started with this...more decorative papers:
Right now I am just playing around with layout and I will probably add some more layers although I am just not sure how to do that without cluttering up the page too much.
I like the idea of using bookmarks on my art journal pages. I have some colorful ones from the many bookstores I have visited and it seems like a good way to preserve them. For some reason they rarely actually end up marking my place in a book.