Creating a mixed media art journal is rewarding because it allows your spirit to be completely set free to try new techniques, your mind to include those beloved hoarded embellishments (because you get to keep them forever in your journal), and your mind continues to art journal, even if your hands aren’t working, because your eyes see everything in a new light, sources of great texture, inspiring quotes, or that must do color combination.
Art journaling requires no special supplies or expensive equipment. It can begin with just a hardcover book purchased from the thrift store. Paint the pages with White Gesso. White Gesso works like a primer and creates a smooth base for any type of art medium. Once your page is primed it’s ready to roll.
This week I enjoyed using stamped images which include the hanging lanterns and bicycle. You can purchase these images from Stamping Bella.
The images were painted with watercolor crayons and a water brush. Stickles added a subtle touch of sparkle to the lanterns.
Can you spot one of my favorite embellishments on the bike? So happy that I can use it in a project, and yet it’s still mine. (I know, I have issues) The chipboard arrows were painted with acrylic paint.
The acrylic painted flowers were done free hand and texture was added by swirling the wrong end of the paint brush around in the freshly painted color. The color of these flowers just snap on that green background and certainly are a roadside attraction to all who pass by.
The sayings “ride into the sunset” and “roadside attraction” were cut out of the new and improved JC Penny Catalog. If you still have one of those lying around or receive one in the mail soon, read through the sayings in there! They are delish! I never mind sharing my stash with others…..but now that I have fallen in love with this catalog, I have a hard time letting this one go! Right, Sue? This baby is ALL MINE!!!
Hope you are able to get a bike ride in today…
And don’t forget to notice the lovely roadside attractions…