I really enjoy making journals out of various items. I wanted to show you all this little junk journal I made earlier this year. I have been working in it slowly to fill it up with goodies. It has turned into one of my very favorites.
It measures 4x6 inches. The covers are made of recycled cereal box cardboard. The pages are made of random pieces of recycled paper, envelopes, scraps, newspaper, receipts, junk mail, book text, etc.
Hey all! Can you believe it is December already? Wow! Time is flying!! I received some requests for a tutorial on some tags I made recently, so here it is.
The basic visual supply "list" of items I used.
First, I cut some 3" wide strips from a manilla file folder. I left the fun shapes/curves at the top because they are random and fun. Next I sprayed some Dylusions inks through some stencils and let those dry. Then I put a light wash over that to blend the hard edges where the stencils were. Next I grabbed my crayons and started scribbling and drawing shapes, etc.
I grabbed some acrylic and began adding paint in various places, also adding some bits of paper and stamped images.
I trimmed them in half for tag size.
At this point I work with the composition of each: adding more paint, crayons, gel sticks, doodling, or whatever strikes my fancy to balance them out.
I decided that instead of trimming corners and adding holes for the standard tag design I would try something different. I painted an index card with black acrylic, sketched out some borders and shapes and cut them out. I doodled them up a bit, then glued or stapled them on to make them look a little more finished. The last step was to ink the edges.
I love how they look with this one simple step! :)
Here are the finished tags...
One last photo of some others I had done with the same process.
This was actually kinda fun putting up this little "How To".
I am always saving things. I'm really not a hoarder, I promise! I just see the potential in ordinary bits of my life and like to re-create them into something fun. I have been saving clothing tags here and there for at least 6 months now. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them but knew I wanted to re-purpose them somehow. Then one day, I thought I would try doodling on one. The result was better than I expected. It was quick and easy, and super fun!! I could see the potential in these. They would work great for gift tags, little bits of encouragement to send to a friend in the mail, or even a Christmas ornament. Here are some examples...
I am so used to throwing the tags away after I cut them from the new clothes. I really had to train myself to remember to save them, lol! Old habits die hard right?!
I also want to try altering some tags with paint. Got some ideas for that too.
Oh, and here is an update on my inchie challenge. Below are #s 6-14. Time got away from me a bit, meant to share these earlier. It is kinda fun to see so many together though. :)
For the month of November I am challenging myself to do 30 inchies. Inchies are little bits of art that measure 1" x 1" so they are pretty tiny. I am trying to do one each day but I have to admit, sometimes I might do more than one. That way if for some reason I can't get to it, I won't get behind. Here are the first 5...
So far I am using up bits of old art projects for these. Most are made out of recycled cardboard. I cut them all up before I started so they would be ready to complete. I keep them in this little paperclip box, which by the very nature of it being small and kinda cute, just makes me happy! :) I am keeping the finished ones in an Altoid tin for now. I am pondering how I will display these when I am done. Love to get a shout out of ideas.
The paperclip box is just crying out to be altered! Don't you think??
So my latest passion seems to be doodling mandala type designs on restaurant coasters. I have done three of these in the last week or so and could keep going. Too fun!!! Whenever we go out to eat and they bring the coasters for our drinks, I always snag them from my family. Yes, they know I want them for art stuff. They love me so they happily surrender them to me, haha!! Here are a few pics of the progression.
I know I will get questions about which black pen I am using. I recently purchased a wonderful journaling pen from
Scarlet lime. It's my new favorite black pen and the one I have been using on almost all my doodling lately.
This week I haven't felt the best, so I haven't done much in my studio. However, I have been able to sit down and doodle which if you know me at all, you know it's one of my favorite things to do. It's easy, fun and relaxing. It helps with stress and when I am done, I feel like I have done something creative. Above is a doodle on top of a gelli print. Gelli plate prints are probably another post, lol! Can I say "lol" in a blog post? Hmmm, I think I just did. Anyway, I like to keep a stack of gelli prints handy so I have them available for using, however my crazy mind sees fit in the moment. Recently I have soooo enjoyed doodling on them. This one is done on top of a magazine page. I tried out my Glaze pens (made by Sakura) over it in spots and loved the result! I think the ability to see through the glaze is really fun and adds depth to the overall look. So, if you have some Glaze pens in your stash, try them out and see if you find the same. Happy doodling! :)
Today marks the beginning of my blogging experience -Yay! Finally!! I've been wanting to do it for a while, so this is exciting. This blog will be a place to share my artful adventures, primarily in mixed media, but to also express myself in fine art, doodling, art journaling and photography.
Above is a piece I created at the beginning of this year. It is special to me because I had no idea what it would become when I made it. I grabbed this and that, and sewed and glued. I sprayed here and stenciled there, enjoying every minute of freedom in playing. What transpired was the idea that God uses all the pieces of our lives to create a complete and beautiful work of art in us. He takes the good and the ordinary and fashions them into something beautiful for His Glory. I am comforted that my Father is at work in me.
So welcome... and thanks for stopping by to share this journey with me.