I shared my first 'Art Journal page from Start to Finish' last summer and according to my blog-stats it's been my most visited post ... which is really good to know.
It's also my most 'pinned' project on Pinterest too ... so I don't think it's too much of a leap to say that somebody out there found it worth reading / useful / interesting ... so I've made another one!
I hope this one reaches those who are interested too, so here goes:
Like all of my posts this week, today's project recycles rubbish.
This time, the rubbish in question was a hotel booking confirmation print-out which met with a watery end:
Step 1: I applied Ranger Distress Stain [in 'Picket Fence'] very roughly and quickly across my journal pages:
Instead, the Distress Stain does a good enough job of making my paper nice and grainy while the sponge applicator means I don't have any brushes to clean up afterwards. [You can imagine how much I relish that task.]
Step 2: I used used gel medium to fix my water-coloured booking-form down across my pages:
Gel medium isn't essential to this process. PVA / watered down white glue and even a glue stick would work fine too.
There's just something a little bit smoother and easier to spread about the gel medium, which I like. Also, this particular one dries with a matt finish, preventing all those shiny edges and smears you can get with other glues.
Just because they're 'spray' inks ... doesn't mean they always have to be used by spraying them directly on to your page. Here I spritzed some on to a non-stick craft mat, picked it up with the foam and then pressed it through the holes in the sequin waste.Step 5: I lightly spritzed through my favourite sunburst stencil with a complimentary colour:
This is mainly because I hate getting ink on my fingers as that means I have to go clean it off and, as we've already discovered, I'm lazy. [And perhaps a bit of a control freak who doesn't like stained fingers ... but let's keep that to ourselves shall we?]
All of which means I don't like to get too close to the spray meaning I don't hold the mask / stencil down properly and never get a clean result. Fortunately I've made peace with my messy ways and I live with the 'arty' effects I end up with ...
Step 6: I scoured my collection of catalogues, brochures and vintage images looking for body parts to use in my focal point:
Step 7: I built up my feature character from more than one source:
When you're building up less than anatomically correct bodies it doesn't mean you shouldn't assemble its various 'parts' with a little time and care.
When the arms, legs, head etc are joined to one another relatively seamlessly, in roughly the right places it helps give the overall effect of creating a 'character' rather than being just some randomly scattered elements and odd parts!
Step 9: I then added some handwritten journaling followed by ink droplets in various shades:
There were a few final touches: a little doodling around the figure and the word strips along with a few stamped stars around the edges, but nothing major.
Here's the fished thing once again:
If you've never tried art-journaling I hope this helps persuade you that it's not as complicated as you might think when you're looking at someone's completed pages.
Give it a try, it's not a science, there's no possible way to get it wrong or even to be perfect at it. It's a messy, jumbly, hour of cutting + sticking and making yourself happy.
Go ... enjoy! [And let me know if you do].
Drop by the shop for interesting vintage pages and images to use in your journal.