Monday, April 30, 2012

A Special Art Journal from Paper Crafter's Library!

Hi everyone!  My name is Andrea Walford and I'm so excited to be guest posting here on the Simon Says Stamp Blog!  Today I wanted to share with you an art journal page I created using my Tim Holtz Distress Stains and Perfect Pearls Mists


I've been a scrapbooker and stamper for well over 10 years now, but only started to dive into the world of mixed media and art journaling about 2 years ago. I find that it's really stretched me creatively, and taught me to think about my supplies in a whole new light.  For me, art journaling is first and foremost about personal exploration & development. My art journals are typically a reflection of whatever I've been thinking about or pondering on.  I use them as visual reminders and for encouragement.  I'll pick a scripture verse or quote that serves as a reminder for me, and create my page based around that.

The second reason I love to art journal is that it is a source of creative exploration and development for me as well. I'm irresistibly drawn to colors, images and textures, and over the years I've accumulated (hoarded?) quite a stash of supplies - in particular, color mediums and stamps. I love being able to take many of the same products I use in my card making and scrapbooking, and incorporate them onto my canvases and into my journals. 

As I was playing with Distress Stains and experimenting with different techniques and applications as we prepared for Ranger Week on the Paper Crafter's Library blog, I was thrilled to discover how fantastic they are for art journal pages.  Because they are so fluid, I was able to quickly and easily create a gorgeous, vibrant background for my art journal page.  The addition of a few different colors of Perfect Pearls mists added just that little bit of shimmer that I'm always looking for, and the stamps gave me the ability to quickly and easily add visual imagery to my page without worrying about my drawing skills (I'm still working on those).  I finished up my page by using a combination of letter stickers and handwriting for my quote, loving the texture and visual interest created by mixing and matching fonts and font sizes.


I've created a video for you (see above) all showing you how I made my art journal page.  The video was filmed as I actually made the page, with the introduction filmed at the end. When I started to create I had no preconceived ideas of what it would end up looking like.  I started with my scripture and two colors of Distress Stain (Wild Honey and Barn Door) - I only added in the third color - Aged Mahogany - afterwards, when I felt like I wanted a deeper red mixed in there.  I tried to keep the video as short as I could, while still sharing with you some of my art journaling processes.

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 I hope you enjoy today's video and that it inspires you to do a little art journaling yourself!

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  1. Oh my these Art Journal pages are just gorgeous! I've been using Color Washes and Acrylic Paints on mine, didn't even think to use my Distress Stains...thank you SO much for the inspiration!!

  2. Beautiful page. I love the orange background color.

  3. This is such a gorgeous page! Thank you so much for sharing the great video showing Amy's whole process. So inspiring!

  4. Omgosh! These journaling pages are just gorgeous!!!

  5. Wow, what a fabulous page. Thank you for sharing the video.

  6. Beautiful work, as always. I was a winner of a distress stain pack, so am devouring all the videos and coming up with ways to use them. Thanks for another great idea.

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  8. This is really beautiful Andrea, you've totally sold me on the Art Journal. Thank you for sharing your process. Question - Do you have any tips or ideas on how to go about making one of these as a gift? I want to make one for my sister, but still want her to be able to add her own journaling. Other than leaving some pages blank, I can't come up with any other ideas and wanted to just throw it out there. Thanks!!!

  9. Wonderful tute. Thanks for sharing. Your pages are gorgeous!

  10. Good to see you here Andrea--wonderful video and fantastic art journal page. I really like the techniques you used and the way you did the verse.

  11. Thank you so much for sharing! It was great to see the video and watch the page come together....very inspirational. Can't wait to see the next page!

  12. I have seen others do journaling - the video will help me get started!! Perfect way to inspire - thank you

  13. Wow! This is one of the verses I have been carrying around with me this week, and just after I decided to focus my art journaling on faith, I see this tutorial. Absolutely amazing, and I will be creating a page today, inspired by your work, Andrea. Thank you!!

  14. Wow! Fabulous!
    I'm beginner in art journaling and your video helped me a lot!!
    Thanks for sharing!


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