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.

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pure joy – art journal tutorial

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  1. Write about anything (baking cookies, driving, parents, kids) and do not lift your pen (use a micron so it is waterproof). This will feel like rambling.

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  1. Water down gesso and add a little color to it if you would like. Paint over words. Let the gesso dry and leave the gesso out because you will use this again.

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  1. Layer ephemera using gel medium (Mod Podge). I coat the page with gel medium where I will be placing ephemera, then lay it down and then layer the gel medium over the top as well.  Press out any bubbles in the paper that you do not want there. Now, let dry.

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  1. Choose three to four colors. (acrylics, water color pencils, watercolor crayons) Randomly paint over edges and such. Let dry.

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  1. Lightly gesso over this layer and let dry.

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  1. Drop paint on the page and take a credit card to apply the paint.

HF0A06907. Stencil with white on the page randomly.

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9. Stamp or mark on the page with black randomly.  I just scraped black paint on with a card. Adding white and black to a page will give your page some great “bones” (foundation might be a better word) for when you add your art work.

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10. Add art, stamps, quotes, or anything that feels right.  I am on a quest to learn how paint faces so I painted a face.

I love raw, primitive edges in my art so I try to not finish them off.  If I think too much I will spend too much time on the wrong subject.  I wanted the girl as my focus and the butterflies as my second focus. I left the butterflies very simple and used my opposite hand to sketch them.

I am trying to paint intuitively and not think too much about things.  Rumor has it that your art will just get better and better when it comes from the heart.

Happy Journaling!