Friday, July 22, 2011

Art Journaling

So I had this post scheduled to go up Thursday morning and couldn't figure out why it wasn't up.  I checked when I got home last night and realized I had saved it as a draft.  Duh!  Sorry about that friends!  So, what I had planned for today, I'll post next week, okay?  Okay!

Today I wanted to talk about art journaling.  I've heard this term thrown around a lot, but never really understood the concept until last Friday when I read SUE'S BLOG.  She posted a link to an article about art journaling and it finally clicked with me.  I about smacked myself in the forehead.  Duh Becky, why didn't you get this before?  It's basically drawing, sketching, stamping, collaging (is that even a word), or any other technique that strikes your fancy, into a book.  Just make sure you leave some space to write.  Then you journal, about your day or your week or I guess how ever often you feel like it.  I thought it would be really cool to try out.  I didn't want to invest any money into a new journal so I thought I'd try this out in my faux SMASH journal.  I've posted about that before HEREHERE and HERE.  I thought this might be kind of a cool thing to add to it anyway, right? Right!  Now I must warn you, my creative craftiness lies in the paper arena NOT drawing, BUT that is not what the spirit of art journaling is about my friends.  It's about letting yourself be free, just to create!  So without further first art journal pages.

The first picture I used my Stampin' Up! watercolor crayons and blender pen all the rest I used my Prisma Color pencils.  Some pros and cons for me of this process...  I really liked just being crafty and getting to play with color.  It was nice to have something portable to play with.  All my tools fit in my lap.  The cons for me were that I had a hard time with the flow.  This was something really outside of my box and I had some difficulties with it, but I think it was good for me.  I'm going to keep at it and see where it leads me :)

Have you art journaled before?  How is/was the process for you?  I would LOVE to hear about it.  Side note:  I'm feeling the urge to shop right now, but want to wait for all the new CHA stuff coming out right now.  Anyone else feel this way?

Okay, what's up for your weekend?  We don't have anything planned.  It's supposed to be HOT again, so maybe some pool time or a movie night is in order.  I definitely need to get crafty, lots of cards and projects on my to do list!  Thanks for coming by today.  Have a GREAT, GREAT Friday and weekend and I'll see you on Monday!


  1. this is too cool! great job!

    i have not had the urge to art journal--not my thing--i love to journal on all my scrap pages and i literally scrap about 10-20 layouts per month so i keep that as my journal for the kids.

    i want to go shopping at pti--the july stamps are awesome--i am trying to hold back but i really want the ice cream cones-heheheheh

    have a great weekend!

  2. Very cool! I have a journal that I decorated for art journaling but still haven't started because I felt like I didn't have the "right" supplies and was afraid I would mess it up. (Yep! It's a trend). I love the idea of just being able to sit down and be creative without rules but then I want rules, LOL. I think you are off to a great start!

  3. That's awesome Becky. Love it when stuff clicks! :) I have dabbled in art journaling. I am terrible at drawing and freeform and while I know it's not the point to worry about what it looks like, I'm never that happy with how it turns out. So I don't take the time to do it much. When I have something to follow - an assignment or someone else's example, it seems to go better for me. Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Oh...I just found a class that is free for Art Journaling called He'art' Journaling. They start this week and I am seeing if I can jump in. Thanks for the inspiration to get started. If you want to check it out:

  5. That is great! I don't like how I draw, so this would be totally intimidating for me. But, I think I should try to do something outside my "comfort zone". I bought a few chipboard books, and I wasn't sure what to do with the last one! You've inspired me to try this!

  6. Love your book. I dont' think I would be good at the whole art journal thing, as I want everything to be perfect or symetrical.
    I am going to try the smash book as I won one, but haven't received it yet. And that is out of my comfort zone, teehee.
    Even my idea journals are all straight and organized. I go crazy when I find an idea that doesn't fit in my catagory, lol.

  7. I love your new profile pic Becky, so cute! I really like the smash book/art journal idea, very cool, it's another thing to put on my "to do" list! Oh, and I LOVE your desk!(previous post) I wish I had room to do something like that! :)