DIY Art Walk Art Journal
The category “paper artist and documenter” pretty much covers it for me. Not that I am about labels. I think as humans we are too creative to be placed into a box with a label. So while I focus a lot of my extra time on taking photos and documenting memories and making them pretty, I also make time in my life for creative play.
Recently I took to just that: creative play. I made an art journal using the Art Walk Paper Line. And then I simply played with some ideas in my journal. Now, here’s the thing…scrapbooking is in my blood. I just can’t do a thing without this scrapbook vibe hovering over the whole created work. And I am not apologizing for that. It’s just what it is. I think art journals can be a different thing to a different creative.
I am beholden to what Dina Wakley recently said about this creative outlet:
“The benefit of an art journal is that there is no fear. It does not have to be anything you write in. It can be a place you test our your ideas. And it’s not a finished thing. So nobody has to see. You just turn the page.”
I love that idea. And here today let me share with you some ideas I did test out in this art journal.
Starting with the cover, which I kept very simple, I just wanted a title with stamps and a reminder, like Dina said, of no fear. Just play. I took the Art Walk Stamp Ink and stamped with the Honey & Spice Alphas (which I believe fit perfectly in any art journal) and made my title statement: CREATE.
I have a running list of some ideas I wanted to try out. This one was about cutting a shape out of a page. I had a heart shape literally laying around here that I cut out from something else. Using that as a template I cut out the middle of the page. I pulled up the paper inside the heart for a bit of texture. Loving those Art Walk Alphas so much I distressed them and splattered with paint. I added a subtle white rub on from my stash. The Art Walk script stamp finishes out the page with some additional color and layers.
You can see this page through the heart cut out. I wanted to layer texture paste over pattern paper. I did just that with a floral stencil. Then I finger painted some pink over that raised texture bringing just a bit of attention to the color. The corner cluster of embellishment is a collage of stash found around here. The bright pink is a label from Art Walk as is the Washi Tape at the very bottom. I love taking what is traditionally scrapbook stash and pulling it into an art journal.
Using another stencil in my supplies I traced the shape on this page and then used a craft knife to cut out the shapes. Notched banners were distressed and sewed to the top of the page. The Fun definition strips is the Art Walk Definition Stickers. I employ this technique quite a bit in this first part of my art journal. Those Alpha Stamps show up again. I had fun stamping them partially on the paper. There is no firm reason for a page like this. It’s just fun.
This page was not turning out well at all. I forgot now what direction I was trying to take it in. But it did not matter. I redeemed it by making it a pocket. The background is a heavy weight mixed media paper. I played with inks and stamping just to see what I could come up with. The layers are all Art Walk. Employing that hand drawn heart template I cut the shape and sewed it to the background. Layered more of the pink label under as well as a swatch of pattern paper. The Definition Stickers may be a bit of an obsession for me. And that’s OK.
For today I give you this last page. Don’t worry. There are more pages in here. And more space to add even more signatures of pages. I’m excited for the possibilities. This page employs the Minc Stamp technique with an old butterfly stamp from my stash. It was foiled with Iridescent Foil. Again with the INSPIRE stamping just like the cover. More label pieces and stamping and words plus spray ink fills this page.
So here is a bit of what you saw here today. A DIY art journal at work. A home for techniques to be tried. Even a repeat of some ideas mixed with fresh uses of stash supplies. A no-pressure, no-fear space to just play. Relax. Try new things. And then turn the page.
My hope for you is that you found some fresh inspiration for your creativity and supplies.