Showing posts with label Altered Journals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Altered Journals. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Wanderlust Class - Inspiration Art Journal

Week 10 of the year long Wanderlust classes I have signed up for (see side bar) was a class by Karen Michel called "Inspiration- Art Journal". And here is the journal I created from the class.
The pages inside - all different sizes and some have tags stapled onto them
Wrinkled seam tape knotted on the binding cord.
I can't tell you exactly how I made it - as it is from a class - but it involves taking apart an old book, using Mod Podge and cloth material to cover - and creating pages to re-bind inside your book.  Here are photos I took along my creative way:
I'm not sure what I'm going to use my Inspiration Journal for yet -  but it's ready for me when I figure it out!

I absolutely love the colors and patterns on this beautiful cloth that I purchased at Joann Fabric.  I really didn't need to add anything to it - but wanted some kind of title on my journal - and so adhered these Tim Holtz Alpha Parts Phrases that I highlighted with some Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint.

I am learning so many creative things from the Wanderlust Classes -  things I wouldn't be doing if left to my own devices - things I thought I wouldn't be interested in are making me stretch!
You can still join in on the classes - enrollment goes through July - all the classes are on video so you can view them and create from them at your own pace.  Check it all out here:

I'm also linking my journal to:
Anything But Cute: Challenge Earth Day
Recycled book, beautiful floral material

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Two Wanderlust Journal Pages

Today I have two journal pages to share that I made for the Wanderlust Book Prompt challenges.  Every two weeks Kasia has a word prompt for us to inspire a journal page.  I have trouble figuring out what I want to do on journal pages so I got a little behind on the challenges!   So this weekend I was determined to sit down and get the latest 2 done!
For this page the prompt was " What I really want is......."
and I decided what I want at this moment is to travel!
To make this page, I first covered the center of the page with Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste.  I didn't layer it on smoothly - leaving some lumps to add texture to the page.  Next I dripped some brown Calligraphy Ink onto the page - pressing on the large drops that pooled at the ends with a paper towel to mop them up.  Then I added lines with a pen nib and black India Ink.  I adhered an Idea-ology Pocket card and Flash Card overlapping on the page.  I drew some squiggles with a brown Neo Color Wax Pastel  on the page and brushed over the marks with a water pen.  To finish my page - I stamped the January stamp from Kasia's new Paper Artsy stamp set, since this prompt was a January challenge.

My second page was made for the Feb 6 Wanderlust Book Prompt "Write a lot, write fast, fill the page"  We have had several classes on using all kinds of pens and markers to journal with and also how to 'scribble' write.
For this page - I first brayered Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Snow Flake paint over most of the page.  Then I brayered a little bit of Paper Artsy Claret and Guacamole Translucent paints on the page.  When that was dry, I wrote some thoughts, writing quickly so it's almost drawing rather than writing - using a Big Brush Dark Indigo PITT artist Penn B.  The things that I wrote are from stamps I have:  In Every Ordinary day there are a thousand miracles; Live by Faith one day at a time; Take joy in today; and Counting My blessings.  I stamped February 3 times in the top corner using Kasia's new stamp set.  My page seemed to need a little something more -  so I took a Hi-Lite yellow marker, dipped the round end of it in some Yellow Oxide Golden Acrylic Paint and 'stamped' the circles randomly adding black dots in the centers with my PITT pen.

I am really enjoying the wonderful Wanderlust on line classes I'm taking.  I'm being challenged to try new areas of art that I either have never done before or have only done a little bit so I'm learning a lot!  I'm already feeling more comfortable doing journaling pages!

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Presence of Wonder

Today I'm sharing a journal page I created for a challenge at the Wanderlust year-long classes I've signed up for.  Along with having a new lesson each Friday by one of many featured artists,  once a month there is a challenge based on something we have learned and there is the opportunity to win some crafty supplies from a sponsoring company!
For this challenge Kasia asked us to look around our homes, at our clothing or on-line to find a pattern that inspired us -  we were not to copy the pattern exactly but be inspired by it.
I was inspired by this Suzani Textile pattern
 (Kasia introduced Suzani Textiles to us in her Lesson last week - and I'll be creating a canvas based on this same pattern as soon as I get a minute!!)
Here is the journal page I created for the February Challenge.  Part of Kasia's lesson was teaching us about different kinds of markers and pens and how they interact with various surfaces - so we also had to use some pens and markers on our design.
First I brushed Gesso over my page, then colored over it with blue and green Neocolor Wax Pastels (they look like crayons).  I then used a water pen to blend the pastels. 
I used white embossing paste with a concentric circle stencil for my 'flowers', coloring over the dry paste with Copics.  I used PTT Faber Castel black pens to draw the borders, stems and leaves and some x's on the dots.  I used a White Acrylic Paint marker on some of the dots as well.
I stamped a crackle background stamp from Impression Obsession randomly over the the page .
and a sentiment from Hand Written Thoughts from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous in the top right corner.
I love all of the new creative techniques I'm learning at the wonderful Wanderlust classes - I'm getting a little more comfortable journaling with each page I make -  you can still sign up (through July 2016) as all of the lessons are downloadable - so you won't miss any of them!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Wonderlust Kate Crane Journal Book

I finally finished the Journal I made from Kate Crane's class at Wanderlust - the year long weekly classes I've signed up for.   Kate made hers a travel journal but since Kent and I haven't traveled anywhere lately - I made mine a Nature Journal!  I have lots of photos to share - but won't share the exact details since it's from a class.  The journal is called a Concertina Journal - it opens like a fan fold - with covers on each end.
Here's the front cover all tied up with the wrap around ribbon that is attached behind the back cover to accommodate extra width as you add things to the pages.  I used a beautiful Stencil Girl stencil called Bird in Window on my front cover.
I used another Stencil Girl stencil, Speckled Bird, on the back cover.
You can see the stencils a little more clearly here.
So the covers are black and rather subdued - but when you open the journal - there's a burst of color!  We used acrylic paints, various markers, and some stamps on the pages.  I don't usually use colors like these so I had to move outside my comfort zone!
There are smaller pages sewn into the base fan fold in two sections.
Two of the panels are sewn together at the bottom to form a pocket where you can put photos, or notes etc.
There are two pages on the back side - with a plain page sewn in for extra journaling or notes.
Here are some photos of the process - I actually had to set up a table in our finished basement room as my craft room didn't have enough open table space to work on with all the paints, inks, tools and stamps I needed at hand!   Kate taught us how to do doodling (mark making and pattern building),  scribbly writing, scratching with a credit card and palette knife and lots more!  I really learned a lot!  At the bottom of the photo below, you see some of my panels with just the paint on them -  I was thinking they really weren't coming out too well - but once I added the doodling and scribbling, especially the touches of black paint  - the pages started to look more like Kate's and I was excited!
I got so involved in stamping, doodling and scribbling on my panels -  I forgot that I should have left empty space in the middle of the panels to journal on!  Oh well - I may just keep this as a pretty book to look at!   - or I might stick in some photos from hikes and birdwatching that Kent and I like to do.
Here are the smaller pages that were sewn in on the folds of some of the base fan fold.
I love my pretty little Nature Journal - it measures 5" x 5" closed up.  I'm happy just opening it up and looking at it!
This project was really so very different from what I usually do when I craft - I'm really learning to stretch myself with these classes! 

Just a reminder that you can still check out the Wanderlust classes -  they are all on video - so you can start at anytime.  There's a new lesson or project every Friday - plus some extra activities to join in on if you want to!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Be You, Bravely

I have another journal page to share that I made for the January Challenge on the Wanderlust course I am taking.  We were to use the ideas about composition, focal points and balance on our page that we learned on Kesia's video on Friday.  We were also to be inspired by a quote she gave us.
I used several mediums on my page - first I covered the page with white Gesso.  When that was dry, I spritzed water over the page, placed a few drops of distress reinkers on the page and spread the color around  with a paintbrush  -  I used Weathered Wood across the top half , Iced Spruce and Pumice Stone along the bottom.  When that was dry I used black embossing paste with  the Talaya, Goddess of Rain stencil from Stencil Girl.
 The birds are from Some Birds stencil from Artplorations stenciled using Black Soot Distress Ink.  I stamped lightly here and there with a Bubbles Cover stamp from Impression Obsession in Pumice Stone.  I stamped stamps from Tree Line beneath the birds and in the right hand corner in Ice Spruce ink - just pressing lightly on the stamp.  The cut out sentiment is a stamp from The Right Words set by Dyan Reaveley. I drew around the sentiments with a black Stabilo pencil then rubbed the lines with a damp finger to blurr.  I used several Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers on my page.
The floral in the corner is Tim Holtz Blossom Stencil.
The final thing I did was to splatter white acrylic paint over the whole page using a Ranger Splatter Brush.  It softened the large black area on the stencil as well as adding little dots of texture over the whole journal page.
I feel like I've learned a lot about Journaling after just two classes on the topic at Wanderlust - I'm really happy with how this one came out!  Definitely a great improvement of my previous journaling attempts.
Check my side bar if you are interested in learning more about the Wanderlust year long classes.
Stamps:  Treeline Stamps - Tim Holtz/SA, The Right Words set - Dylusions/Dyan Reaveley, Bubbles Background - Impression Obsession.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Reinkers - Iced Spruce, Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone, Ranger Distress Ink pads - Iced Spruce, Black Soot.
Accessories:  Stencils -  #S286 Talaya, Goddess of Rain - Stencil Girl, Some Birds Stencil - Artplorations, Blossom Stencil - Tim Holtz/SA, Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers, White acrylic Paint, Splatter Brush - Ranger, Stabilo Black pencil, Wendy Vechi Black Embossing Paste, white Gesso, Mini Mister - Ranger, paint brush.