Easter Card Bunnies Card Designs

Easter is fast approaching and thoughts are turning to chocolate …… and the Easter bunnies on this year’s card designs are turning to eggs, chocolate or hatching ones.Easter is a great time of year to be art journaling with plenty of inspiration for characters and colour. There’s bunnies, lambs, chicks of all sorts of birds and not to mention all the weird and wonderful ways you could combine them to create unique/unusual characters on your journal pages. What about an Easter dinosaur? Of course children’s characters are great in pastel Easter colours and dinosaurs are great children’s characters. Do you have a child who would enjoy creating an Easter dinosaur with you?

Turning Your Art Journal Pages into Xmas Cards

Art journaling is a great way to explore your creativity largely because it can be very private: you make a page and then close your journal and no one else can judge you worthy or unworthy. But what if you want to share your art? I know I enjoy showing friends and family my art […]

Art Journaling Fun Palaces Session

This year, 2020, I will be doing my first livestream, in conjunction with Fun Palaces, on Sunday 4th October on this page.The session will give some tips for art journaling without buying art specific supplies. This is to show how it doesn’t need to be an expensive hobby or take up a lot of space in the house.

The Mighty Salmon

This week I am inspired by the Atlantic Salmon that swims up rivers in Scotland at this time of year (October – November) to spawn. How they navigate waterfalls involves a lot of failing and trying again and they must do this repeatedly before reaching their breeding grounds. No wonder they are so exhausted after […]

What to do when it all Goes Wrong – Art Journal Mess Ups

This week I’m looking at a common dilemma and one that can actually stop people from trying art at all. What if I mess it up? It’s the main factor behind the infamous ‘fear of the blank page’. I think we are often conditioned, as children, to see our art as ‘wrong’ by teaching staff […]

Journaling in Your Art Journal

As well as adding paint and imagery to a page it is worth considering writing. By adding text you create a whole new dimension to your page as you can add thoughts and feelings that aren’t shown by the imagery. Maybe the smell of home baking or freshly cut flowers is part of the memory […]

Borders to Frame Your Art journal Page

To frame or not to frame, that is the question …. A border around the page can help frame it, giving a finished appearance. I don’t always add borders but sometimes they are just what is needed to finish a page. I have put a different type of border on each of the remaining pages […]

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 […]

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 […]