Thursday, October 8, 2015
get messy: season of words week two

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days–three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” – John Keats

Here are my second week art journal spreads for Get Messy Season of Words. I feel like my pages this week are pretty sparse, but that’s only because I was sick for most of the week and really didn’t have the energy to do anything. I’m surprised I still managed to get at least four spreads done, one for each of the prompts given to us. I didn’t really think too much about each spread, I just kind of did whatever I felt like doing, without too much thought.

One of the prompts for this week was to create a block-out poem from the text in our books. I did this before in my Summer of Love art journal. My book is an old astronomy textbook for teenagers, so it was only appropriate to create a poem about the sun. Mine reads:

the sun
the sun is round
the sun is always turning
the sun is high in the heavens
when he is rising or setting
he passes behind trees or mountains,
the sun is bigger than a mountain.

I blocked out the words with gesso, leaving the original illustration of the sun setting along the horizon just because it fit so well. I just added a bit of watercolor to give the page some color because it looked way too plain with just the white of the gesso on the beige of the old book page.

Here are the other spreads I did. I really liked how the butterfly spread came out. The prompt was to make a cutout with the page, so that the page behind it showed through. We didn’t have to use whatever we cut out of the page, but I happened to use my butterfly punch and I didn’t want to throw them out, so I used them on the corresponding page to make a really neat spread. Then I played around with some watercolor techniques and it came out really cool! It’s my favorite spread out of the bunch. Hopefully next week I’ll feel a bit better and make some way better spreads!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015
get messy: season of words week one


It’s Get Messy Thursday! This is the day of the week where all the Get Messians share bits of their journals from the current season. These are just the pages that I’ve done so far in my Season of Words art journal. Most of the spreads were inspired by the journaling and art prompts from this week.

I will say that journaling in this altered book is difficult. The pages of the book that I’m using don’t hold up the media I like to use very well, even if I gesso them before hand. The paper just can’t take the gesso either! If I were to do this over, I already know that I’ll probably gut the entire book of its pages and sew in my own inserts of better quality paper, like thick cardstock, graph paper and watercolor paper. Paper that I know will take any sort of odd medium I enjoy using well. I love the look of using the old book pages, but they just don’t hold up very well. When prepping my book, I glued three or four of the pages together, so they’re thick, but something about adding wet mediums to it makes the paper just die on me. Good thing that they don’t fall out of the spine binding, that’s not the problem. They just sag almost, worst that regular notebook paper does. I don’t know, this is just one of the pet peeves I’ve already noticed has begun to happen as I journal in this book.

It’s a great learning experience though. My pretty book may not come out how I had hope in the end, but I do know what I should do differently if I were to alter another book in the future. I’m already thinking of getting another book and trying this again sometime next year, maybe for a different season. But in the meantime, hopefully I can fill the pages of this book without it completely falling apart on me. Though, now that I think of it, it could also be that the weather has been very rainy and humid, so the moisture in the air added to the wet mediums don’t allow the pages to dry very well. Either way, I have a love/hate relationship with my book at the present time. Hopefully the more I work in it, the more I can salvage and make it into something I love and am proud of.

Anyway, enjoy the pages I did this week so far!

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I’m back with another art journal spread for my The Art of Journaling series here on the blog. With this one I took a more minimalist approach and tried to mimic that style where you use the white space but add hints of color here and there. I centered the entire spread around this die cut from the Inspire Project Life Value Kit, which reads Create your own adventure. When playing around with the various die cuts I have, I knew I wanted to use this one right away, just how I wanted to use it was a bit of a challenge.

Anyway, I used a magazine cutout of text and layered a bit of gesso on top of it to give it a faded look before I whipped out my Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays in teal blue and bright green to give the spread that pop of color. Next I play around with this stars I had. The two faded  mint ones I found in the Crate Paper Wonder ephemera pack and the other stars are silver foil that a penpal sent me. Once I got those down, then I was able to figure out the placement of my stand out phrase die cut.

This spread was a bit different for me. It wasn’t as busy as my other spreads have been, which made it hard for me to not overwork this one. I had to restrain myself a bit. But I like the way it came out. I love the movement the spray effect gives the page especially with the stars placed how they are. Everything is coming out of the create your own adventure die cut, which only adds to the sense of creating your own adventure. It’s really cool and I hope to play around with this minimalistic approach some more. Be sure to follow the tag #artofjournaling on Instagram for more peaks at my art journal. And enjoy the process video below!