Monday, January 02, 2012

Jumping in with both feet

I have long since admired the art journals of my very talented friends, such as Cheri, Margie, and Sarabeth. Drooling over their beautiful pages, I secretly longed to start an art journal of my own. Too bad you're not artistic, I told myself. For reasons unknown, I woke up this morning with a totally different attitude. I want to start an art journal, I said. I knew exactly what I wanted to journal; I just wasn't so sure how to create the background that I envisioned. So I took to the internet and found The One Minute Muse's Aqua Crayon video tutorial, went to Michaels to grab some supplies, stepped out of my comfort zone and played.

First, I colored the paper haphazardly
with water soluble wax pastels
(aka aqua crayons).
Next, I water brushed the paper to blend colors
and give the page a more "painted" look.
I added a stamp and my journaling, and voila,
the final product!

My page in no way compares to those of my friends, but the true beauty is in the fact that I don't care. I love how spontaneous and imperfect I allowed myself to be in exchange for a creative, fun, and therapeutic outlet that captures less of what I do and more of who I am.

art journal: Strathmore Windpower Watercolor 6"x9" pad; water soluble wax pastels: Reeves; stamp: Treasures by Shabby Chic; ink: Rubber Stampede in Royal Blue; text: Dymo paper labels; letter stickers: unknown


margie c {The Bumble Girl} said...

Woo hoo! So happy you decided to just go for it! It's beautiful! Art Journaling comes from the heArt! There is no right/wrong way to do it :)
Hope you're having a good Monday!!!
xoxo, margie

Sarabeth said...

i love it!!!! it's perfect and it's you. there is no right and wrong-there is only YOU! way to go my dear bf-can't wait to see some more!

enjoy your week!


Cheri said...

I have to echo your other art journaling friends - the beauty of it is that there is no right or wrong - just art, just play, just creative therapy for it's own sake. and your first page is gorgeous. Keep going!

April said...

I love what you made, way to get brave. My brain has been dabbling w/ art journaling, but I am not a draw-er either. I did play with some backgrounds & words in noteshelf, but I need to get myself a book to start in or something. and just start!