Same Journal….two layouts

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Here are two layouts I have done recently.  Just playing in layers.  ENJOY!

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Vintage Cash Ledger Journal

HF0A4132I bought this ledger on Etsy and I love it.  I started adding mixed media pages to it recently and I thought I would share the process.

HF0A4134I lightly gesso the pages allowing the lines to peek through.

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I add random marks and added some ephemera with gel medium.

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I really love these Golden Fluid Acrylics because they are thinner they do not add a lot of bulk to my pages.  You can also just water down your paints.

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Add more random marks to add depth to the page.

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Here is the end result.  At the end of each project I like to take note of what I learned and what I loved about the layout.  I try not to focus too much on what I do not love about this layout.  I journal to learn and to express my emotions through art.  It ONLY needs to make sense to you.  Twyla Tharp describes this type of thing as scratching in her book, The Creative Habit.  It is definitely a book I will read again and again.  But I like her thoughts on what she calls “scratching”.  She is a dancer but her book is universal to creatives.  I have decided that art journaling is my way of scratching.  I work out so much and exercise my creative brain.

we are all royal — art journal

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I normally have a bunch of journals hanging around and I add left over paint to them as I go.  Later when I am journaling I make it a challenge to make something of the scraps.  Here there is left over paint and doodles.

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The best part of art journaling is the freedom to just let loose.  I throw crazy colors down scribble if I want and just play.  It is very relaxing and fun with no pressure of making a masterpiece.

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This journal has random tip outs.  I like them for an extra challenge to a page.  This one I tied together by using circles and scribbled words.

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A closer look….”be yourself”.

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You can’t really see it but on her dress I wrote the words….

“We are all royal and beautiful in his eyes.” Over and over.

Fast Car — art journal

Tracy ChapmanI don’t need to tell you that I have been a bad blogger lately….it is really obvious.  Summer comes and I see the light of day after a long dark Alaska winter and I lose it.  My blog is important to me.  I love how it documents my creative life.  It makes me accountable to stay on track with all my goals as well. So…..I am going to share some projects that I have been doing since I dropped off of the blogosphere the past couple of months.

This art journal I started after I started listening to Tracy Chapman on vinyl.  I forgot how much I loved her and I swear I played this record for two weeks straight.  So, I decided to do a Tracy Chapman art journal spread.

Tracy ChapmanFast CarI copied they lyrics off of the album and used them as one of the layers and this strip shining through is my favorite.