{G} Gesso love


I’ve found gesso to be one of the most versatile and absolute must-have products in my art journal toolkit. Although it may look like your standard white acrylic paint, gesso is quite different and has its own unique properties. While a lot of supplies can be interchanged or substituted, this one simply cannot.Continue reading

{E} Collecting ephemera

ephemera

ɪˈfɛm(ə)rə,-ˈfiːm-/

noun

things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.

“there were papers, letters, old boxes—all sorts of ephemera”

collectable items that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.

“Mickey Mouse ephemera”

From an art journal perspective, ephemera includes almost any paper element that you can glue onto your pages – ranging from old book pages, letters and Victorian imagery to ticket stubs, receipts and mail order catalogues and collage and scrapbook papers.

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{C} Collecting supplies: A round-up of some basic supplies

So now that you know what an art journal is, and have a list of inspiring art journal books handy, let’s get right into collecting some essential art supplies so we can start creating.

There are a huge variety of supplies available in the market, and while it is fun to experiment and play with all of them, you really need only a few basics to get you started.

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{B} Best books for art journaling

I believe that you can learn anything and everything from books. So it should come as no surprise that I have quite a collection of art books. Here are a few of my absolute favouries that I am sure will help you on your art journaling journey.
The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict by Eric Scott and David Modler

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{A} Art journaling 101

Art + Journal = Art Journal!

An art journal is simply art that you create in a book, on loose sheets of paper, or even on upcycled cardboard boxes, that you can then bind into a book or keep in a box. It’s a record of your journey, your thoughts, the things that move you, and your unique vision of the world.

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The A to Z of Art Journaling

 I’m thrilled to announce that I will be participating in the Blogging From A To Z Challenge this year! I participated in the 2014 challenge, and I have to say it was both exciting and exhausting. It also left me somewhat burnt out. But this year, I’ve had more time to prepare and I’ve decided to stick to a theme, which I think made this whole process so much easier!

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Moving into fear

Basic painted face

A quick face painted with acrylics

How do you deal with fear? A lot of people will tell you it’s only by moving into whatever it is that you fear that you can overcome it. But how do you move into what you fear? How do you go boldly (or not so boldly) ahead into a situation that gives you the shivers? I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t have a clue.

Then, I took up painting. And as I tried and experimented and failed and tried again, I realized – this is how you move into fear!

You move into fear by sticking with something even when you’re scared and have no idea what the hell you’re doing. It means taking a piece you don’t like and working it until you do. And if you still don’t like it, chalking it up to experimenting and experience, and then cutting it up to use as the base of another piece, so you can reframe and redo.Continue reading

{A} My adventures with altered books

Those of you who have been here before know that I’m a regular old bookworm. I love reading, I’m passionate about books, and my biggest pet peeve is a badly-edited book. But, what does that have to do with altered books? And, some of you might be wondering, what are altered books anyway?

Well, an altered book is a piece of art created from an existing book that has been transformed by painting, collage, tearing, cutting, or any creative means. Some artists use a theme for their books others don’t bother with themes and some use old books to create art journals. The possibilities are endless.

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Watercolors and found poetry

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