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accent pillow case baby canvas boudoir Exploring Creative Journals…A New Series from Canvas Corp Brands personalised birthday gifts

Updated: 2019-09-11 16:27 Views: 121

Today we are starting a series on creative journals, art journals, junk journals, paint swatch journals, etc. ?This craze is very popular right now and we want to explore a bit more about why people are making these amazing journals, how they are making them, then share some of our favorite ideas and techniques.Let’;s begin at the beginning and explore the journals?people are using and why. ?Journals or diaries can be found in many places. However, many of the journals are for writing or sketching and will break down when it comes to markersaccent pillow case baby canvas boudoir, paints and other wet media. So what are the best options? ?Here are a few things to look for when choosing?your journal or making your own:

1. The paper weight: most sketch/art books will show on the label a number followed by “;lb.”; This means one ream (500 sheets) of that paper will weigh the number of pounds indicated. Choose a heavier paper for your journal; a weight of 80lbs or more will work best.

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Now let’;s explore the rules and where to start. There is only one rule: there are no rules. If you want to try something, go for it! If you are new to art journaling or don’;t know where to start, we have some ideas to inspire you.

Journal to remember a special event, trip or time in your life…;

Crew member Virág Réti attended a special event in Hungry where she turned a Hungarian book into an art journal.

I am a fan of journaling, especially art journaling. Every year we have a scrapbook camp in Hungary where we create anything we want. This camp is all about passion and creativity. I took all of my 7gypsies and Tattered Angels Mists with me and started to play with them.

I used an old book for journaling, it is a Hungarian book. I was so excited when I realized that one of the pages contained a beautiful poem about happiness, so I decided that I wouldn’;t cover it with papers or paint but would build it into the layout.

To see more of Virág’;s?work check out her Youtube Channel where you will find many great art journal videos. You can also follow her on Instagram.

Journal to?explore products…;

Art journal expert and?author Heather Kindt uses her?journals to explore products she wants try. It is a permanent record of the experience and a reference for the future. ?Maybe you want to test white pens to find your favorite. You can even borrow a stroke from your creative friends white pens to test as many options as possible until you find the ideal pen for you. ?Maybe you want to test all?your black markers to see all the pen tip options. You can just?draw random lines or you can create a design, doodle or sketch with different markers and note which is which to use as your reference. Heather tested how her black pens looked on an inked background by writing her name and eventually she doodled the whole page!?

“One of my favorite aspects of art journaling is having a place to experiment. There is less pressure when working in a journal than on a canvas. The effects I achieve when experimenting are what become my artsy-looking backgrounds. An interesting background can turn a simple focal image into art. The beauty of it is that making backgrounds is a matter of trying out tips, tricks, and techniques instead of depending on complicated skills. Anyone can build up a bag of tricks and use a few to get a gorgeous journal page.”

~Heather Kindt, Art Journaling Autumn 2015

Artwork by Heather Kindt found in?Art Journaling –; a Stampington &; Co. publication

Journal to express yourself…;

Writing in a journal is a great place to keep your thoughts, dreams, worries, feelings, lists, events of the day, etc. You can express those feelings with art, writing or a?combination of the two in your journal. ?Start with an image then add words or start?with the words and add art. ?Art can be in?the form of sketches, doodles, cut-outs from a magazine, fussy cut art, a stamp, stencil or any form you choose. Make each page different or practice?your stamping?throughout the?journal. ?Crew Member Patter Cross creates amazing journal pages focused around bible verses. ?Stay tuned for a full tutorial on how she created this amazing journal page. ?

Journal pages are a great way to express your feelings, capture memories or express an important bible verse or inspirational saying.

Journal as a place to capture your leftovers…;

Yes you read that right. ?Journals are a great place to put the extra paints, mediums, inks, papers, and scraps from the projects you are working on. ?Why wipe them away? Why not create?beautiful art pages that you can later journal on, doodle in or use as a backdrop for photos?? Crew Member Barbara Housner shows us how it is done in this little journal she keeps near her when she designs.

I keep a small journal in the area where I use paints and sprays. The excess mediums are then put onto a page in the journal for a future entry.

Tools Used: Brushes;?Cuddlebug

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?Step 2: ?I used rubber stamps around the open circle areas on the page. Let the art lead you to try different things. The circles were a great place to try round stamps or stencils.

Step 3: ?Use leftover scraps or add fussy cut pieces from a paper you love such as the brushes from Canvas Corp’;s Heirloom Paper Collection, then die cut “;Create”; out of a scrap piece of black card stock.

Step 4: ?The theme of circles takes on new meaning with this page. Stamp some smaller circles on the page then color in areas with Tattered Angels High Impact Paints. ?Your leftover paint pages become a place to explore different products, shapes and techniques.

Step 5: Adding?stamps, lettering, signs or other art details gives the page a finished look. Adhere brush images and word with gel medium.

?Step 6:?Add splatters of Blue Baseboard mist to finish off the page.




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