Your art journal reflects your unique journey. I’m sharing a spread representing the healing treatment I'm currently receiving for my hands at Damany Center. I started with gesso on the page before spreading a thin layer of watercolor. The colors selected will help my recovery: BLUE to bring me patience; GREEN to represent growth and new beginnings; RED to bring new life into my hands. I created my own own stencil by cutting branches and leaves from a sheet of acetate and painted the green watercolor thru the stencil. Then I traced my hand and used a stabilo pencil with waterbrush to define the edges. My written feelings are hidden in the background by quickly scribbling around the images. I'm healing thru physical therapy and art journaling therapy!
Friday, June 1, 2018
Inspired by a walk near a koi pond, I’m celebrating the beginning of summer with YELLOW and ORANGE: happy, joyous colors! And the koi symbolizes good luck and prosperity. Next time I will videotape this crazy (no thinking) layering of stencils, gelatos, collage papers and inks. It's time to put on some uplifting music, grab your journal, and create some colorful pages!
Friday, May 11, 2018
Using an old gift card is a great way to spread paint! It’s fun, fast and stress-free, in addition to using very little paint. Here I chose the Mexican flag colors, but added YELLOW -- because it loves to party! I added scraps of paper from the day including a napkin I obviously didn’t use but saved for my journal instead! I intend to add some personal writing to the page. What memory will you document today?
Friday, May 4, 2018
I love playing with watercolor and watching the magic of colors blend together. Nothing 'beets' the magic of watercolor!
Monday, April 16, 2018
I am loving my tiny moleskine journal where I document inspirational quotes. Here's the latest one created with layers: 1) start with Distress oxide ink sponged onto page; 2) repeatedly stamp background images; 3) add color-coordinating washi tape; 4) stamp tree image onto dyed coffee filter paper; 5) Glue paper to page. 6) Add torn pieces of paper and accent areas with Inktense pencils. 7) Use tiny alphabet letters to stamp the quote.
For an easy way to make your own stamps, cut the image from foam instead of carving. Here are the materials I used.
Friday, March 2, 2018
It has been raining quite a bit in the Northeast lately and we're getting a little tired of it. I try very hard not to let the weather get me down, but allow it to inspire me when art journaling. I guess the "blues" came out when I started journaling about the rain and then some flowers, and who knows what will come next. I'm never really finished with a page because I see opportunities for more layers. I hope you let the weather inspire you!
Friday, February 9, 2018
Music is a wonderful way to inspire your art journal pages and your state of mind! Turn on a favorite playlist, get out the paint and see what happens! Here's a spread inspired by my personal moments with the song “The Windmills of Your Mind”. For this spread I started with gesso, added layers of paint, stenciling and paper for dimension, and then wrote lyrics around the “circles that you find”. What song speaks to you today? What message is the song telling you? Grab your art journal and playlist to enjoy both art therapy AND music therapy while journaling!