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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

My Favourite and Fun Mixed Media Techniques

There is something decidedly rebellious about ‘mixing media’ … No longer hampered by the limitations of one media you are free to create almost unlimited effects. Do you just want a whisper of an image or is something more substantial, perhaps 3d, required. And provided any 3rd dimension is not too big an art journal […]

Art Journaling in Self Isolation – Take THAT, Coronavirus!

Skip to art journal page about coronavirus The idea of self isolation has been a difficult one for many people. Older people in particular struggle with isolation regularly. I think the lack of social contact leads to gloomy feelings and maybe of being abandoned. But there are things a person can do to reduce the […]

Art Journaling as a Creative Process

To me, art journaling is a creative process in a few different ways. Art Journaling as a Self-Creative Process. In one way it is a journey of self creation that is a process over a number of years. Keeping art journaling as a practice lets you grow through experimentation and reflection. Initially pages may seem […]

My Mixed Media Art Journal Love

I love playing with mixed media in my art journal and this week I thought I would combine the theme of of love with some mixed media art journaling. But first a short story about love (sadly I missed Valentine’s day) It was a dark night …… no, really. It was quite cloudy but foxy […]