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Adding Focal Imagery to Your Art Journal Pages

So, following on from last week’s second layer I am adding focal images. By no means do I stick to just 2 layers …. it all depends on how the page develops … but for this series of videos I thought it would be easier to follow. I decided not to work on my inky […]

Protecting Artwork

Why Protect ArtWork? Typically art isn’t cheap to buy and may also have deep emotional significance so it makes sense to want to protect it. From a sellers point of view you want to do all you can to ensure your buyer has the best rewards from their purchase possible. So what does artwork need […]

Adding Layers in an Art Journal

Last week I created 5 backgrounds in my art journal which I will add a layer each to this week. Of course you can just create backgrounds and go back to them when you have an idea that suits one but I wanted to have continuity so the 5 pages will be created over a […]

5 Background Techniques to Play with

On my art journaling courses people often tell me that they don’t know where to start. The blank page can be intimidating … there is all this expectation that it heaps on you to create something worthy. Having great expectations for the outcome is no way to get the most out of art journaling. I’m […]

From Inspiration to Celebration

Today I want to share some of my creative process, not just the part where I actually make something but the background to it. All the ideas we get come from somewhere: the environment, plants, animals, political issues, internal landscape, hopes and dreams. For some time I have been particularly inspired by plants, especially flowers […]

Mixing Old Media and New Media

I opened ‘Wonderland’, by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss, on June 5th to a description of swallowtail butterflies. The excerpt describes the contrast between Sweet Williams’ bright pinks and the butterflies’ striking yellow and black as an outrage against taste. This description really spoke to me and I knew I wanted to make a piece […]

Using Stickers in my Art Journal

Today I want to share an art journal page with you that I have made with stickers I created from a painting – Gracious Gladioli. The painting was inspired by the gladioli I grew for the first time in my garden last year. From this painting I digitally cut the featured images of gladioli stems […]

The Cushion That Didn’t Fit In

Porsha counted to 10 as she felt the packaging around her being gently opened. Two ladies stood there smiling and admiring her and she thought “this is a happy place, I’m going to be loved”. She was placed on a table and the two ladies went out of the room, drinks in their hands chatting […]

Embossing Powder Ideas and how I Create Art Journal Pages

Yesterday, 02/05/2020, I was reading the entry for the day in ‘Wonderland’ (by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss). It was a sensory description of the sand lizard and how they need the sun warmed sand to incubate their eggs. I was inspired to create a page about them using embossing powders. Embossing powders can add […]