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on: February 21, 2014 12:28:31 PM 
Started by greybird, Message by teag
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I started a new journal- A journal of journaling techniques-

I have seen so many great ideas for page layouts and techniques, but when I sit down to create my pages I struggle to recall the ideas I have seen- so I am creating my own art journal reference book- which has dual benefits-I have reference material close by and I get to practice the technique before using it in other journals

I used a Coptic stitch to make the journal. it measures 4"x6"

on: July 12, 2014 06:36:12 AM 
Started by greybird, Message by teag
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I created a new journal as a gift for my son and his new wife, they were married yesterday- July 11- I wanted to give them something that was meaningful to them so I came up with this

The front cover

Because life is made up of the little moments
on: January 27, 2014 09:26:42 AM 
Started by greybird, Message by teag
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my attempt to rebind my 1995 planner was an epic fail - I realized by the time I finished binding it, it would be 10" thick and be too difficult to work with so I made my own -
front cover

view of the spine

back cover

the tabs- Made from watercolor paper with months on the back

and a peek inside

on: March 08, 2014 06:37:06 PM 
Started by greybird, Message by cmarion3
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Stillatthetop. If you prep the magazine covers with matte gel you should be able to paint over them. And of course there are collages or "painting" with the colors in the photo, using small torn pieces of the photos to paint a picture with the bits. Sort of a pointalist or mosaic picture. I always have a hard time using fantastic pages, once used they are gone and if I don't like the results...well. But then I guess you could use the less wonderful ones in future collages. Layers! and more layers!

I've been doing a few small pages in my mini journal and also starting on pages for a bit larger one using some gel prints. I also have a cheapie journal I travel with and I only use a black pen for this as I like to travel light. I had several train trips into the city, 2 hours each way, and sketching fills the time, but it's a bit rough with bumps and jogs so it makes it interesting.

Enjoy. Mini journal first:

New art journal pages:

Junk Journal or Train Journal:

on: January 15, 2014 06:40:38 PM 
Started by greybird, Message by faemystique
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OK pic heavy here is my journal so far.  It's an altered book.  I don't have the outside completed yet but I mod podged tissue paper and painted it black and crop a dile punched holes at the top of the binding and middle edge front and back to do closure and decorative dangles later.   OK some were posted already but here is all I have so far.

And some of my lifebook 2014 stuff

on: January 02, 2014 01:23:50 PM 
Started by greybird, Message by teag
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ooh i have started a journal for this year based on this concept:

I am using a 1995 daily planner for my journal Have added Tabs and watercolor pages one per week as suggested and plan to follow the prompts-I Plan to use the  daily entries for random thoughts, ideas,venting, gratitude and inspiration.

This is what I have so far:

I am Currently creating background images using watercolors (cause it's what I Have) not geli prints as suggested

the inside of the fold out will be used for the challenges and the watercolor backgrounds will be used for whatever i am feeling that week
on: January 11, 2014 05:33:48 AM 
Started by greybird, Message by cmarion3
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Wow, I hadn't realized I had worked on so many pages. The book is small, about 4" x 5" so things go fast. I used colored pencil, pastels and pens on these pages over the painted backgrounds. Mostly trying out techniques and such.

on: January 20, 2014 03:18:51 PM 
Started by greybird, Message by cmarion3
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Lovely pages faemystique. Your style is so bold and yet so inviting.

The discussions here are so inspiring and so supportive. I am in an email discussion right now with a new friend that I just discovered is an artist...we have art discussions that are so much fun. She's often house bound due to health issues, so email is a great way to let it all out.

I often try to copy a style that I like to explore the technique and learn new things. Then try the technique or style on something of my own. Great way to open up to new skills. Sometimes I don't like the results, very often bits and pieces creep into my style. To me that's what an art journal is for. Explore, discovery, affirmation.

Here are some of the sample journals I've been playing with. The first is a cheap notebook about 5 x 7 with comic book collage covers. I glued pages together for a sturdier page, but the pages are still pretty thin.

This one is an old book with a collage cover and altered pages. Part gesso, tissue, collage and diluted spray paint on the inside all ready for journaling. Again I glued pages together and also removed quite a few in the middle of signatures to thin the book down as it will get thicker as I add stuff.

Then my first try at Coptic stitching. It is a greeting card book with collaged covers. I was so worried that the stitching would be too loose that I made it too tight! Hopefully it will relax.

Whew....I have another made from a hard page children's book I will post later. I think I love making books. Now to journaling.
on: January 25, 2014 08:07:06 PM 
Started by greybird, Message by yoopidou
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Here are my first pages:

on: February 27, 2014 10:18:21 AM 
Started by greybird, Message by teag
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Here's a couple more pages (or 7) from my journal techniques journal

on: March 02, 2014 01:45:34 PM 
Started by greybird, Message by teag
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Several more pages from the technique journal

on: March 21, 2014 02:14:19 PM 
Started by greybird, Message by teag
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Here is my page for week 12 of the DLP which was to;  Cut up a magazine - add!

The magazine bits are the hand from a drug ad, it started out black and white and was holding a pill, I painted over it using acrylic paints. the butterflies and the flower center- they're citrus slices

Here are a few more pages from the journal techniques journal

on: September 01, 2014 11:47:30 AM 
Started by greybird, Message by cmarion3
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I made a small journal (3.75 x 5.75) for vacation to tuck into my backpack. I had an old pencil box with colored pencils, a black pen and a few pastels. It was a 6 day music/event festival and  I managed to get a few sketches done, very quick and fun. But really, I just had fun and did not think of my journal very often.

Afternoon concerts were at the Acoustic stage is in a beautiful setting, a natural bowl surrounded by trees.

What else do you draw when you are sitting around but feet?

Easy Street is a woods path that industrious womon decorated with thousands of glow sticks plus an art work or two. While this drawing does not capture the fairy effect of glow sticks at night, close your eyes and imagine a deeply wooded path aglow!

The night stage was entered this year by a wonderful structure constructed of branches and fairy lights.

And a spirit doll to watch over us all.

And the cover of the journal.

on: January 08, 2014 08:02:05 AM 
Started by greybird, Message by Kookaloo_Starr
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In the spirit of " I don't really know what I'm doing" I have been painting my cardboard box pages with different backgrounds,my plan is to then assemble them into a book and after that start to modify and beautify them  Smiley
I made a start on one page already after my dearest hubby said "but it;s not real art is it?" to me this morning  Angry I replied "oh no,it's not like real art" to keep the peace but then as I was sat in my craft room it started to bother me so I made a start on this page. The cut out bits are from the papers I had covering my work area,the patterned card from a b'day card. On the back of the tag I'm writing my feelings on the "real art" comment and the hearts are because to me art comes from the heart  Smiley It's not done but it is a start.

I love how the flower on my tag came out  Cheesy

These are a couple of my favourite backgrounds

and this is how far I've got making the cover

I'm having fun and that has got to be a good thing  Wink
on: February 03, 2014 06:02:13 PM 
Started by greybird, Message by cmarion3
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faemystique your pages are just delightful!

Here are some pages from my small journal. And one art piece that jumped out of a journal and got transformed into an art piece. Pic heavy!!!!

Above: A quick self portrait

Above: Dinner one night...so bad.

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