Art Journal Peek: Another Layer Changes things up

Art Journal: june coloring

Not sure you will recognize this art journal spread from yesterday’s post? The first layer left me feeling out of order and without flow, but then when I came back to it [the art journal page] with my pink paints I found joy once again. And all of a sudden, I feel like myself again.

I added bit of collage papers and then drew a portrait, a dog and doodled flowers with acrylic paint. With a page like this you could go on an add like a gazillion different things. Writing. Black outlining to the flowers. Defined borders. More paint. More collage. Definitely more washi tape.

But because I feel good about it, it’s finished. That’s how you know when to stop.

Here is a detail of the drawing I did:

Art Journal: june coloring detail
The collage is mostly paper that was already on my desk. Sometimes I wonder why I have “a stash” with piles of saved collage papers. All I use right now is “the trash” in the inbox

Where do you find/keep your favorite pieces of paper?

14 Responses

  1. Absolutely beautiful! So inspiring! I’m trying desperately to move away from my terribly rigid journaling style and I needed to see this to show me the way! Thank you! Love all that pink!

  2. Michelle, you have a rigid journaling style? I love your beautiful art, the icads and the latest tutorial too. But I’m glad we inspire each other! :-) Thanks for leaving a comment!

  3. Love, love, love this!!! I am feeling stuck like you were yesterday and now you have inspired me. Thank you.

  4. Dear Hanna, I tell you, I LOVE your journal! It’s so beautiful and bright and just — happy! And, I want to thank you so much for the sweet pin cushion you sent across the world to me here in Texas USA. It’s so dainty and lovely! You know what, it’s a real coincidence because I used to do lots of miniature quilting some time back, but I’ve gotten more into paper crafts lately. However, there are SOOO many beautiful fabrics out there and I’ve been replenishing my stash in order to get back to a bit of quilting. I’ll definitely be using the pin cushion at my desk, and I’ll think of you every time I look at it. Thank you again, and I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations here on your blog.

    Hugs to you,

  5. Love the HOT colors! Some of my favorite papers come from magazines. I like the glossiness of them and love to use them in backgrounds as well as collage in the forefront. I really like the way you’ve used a variety on one page–drawing, painting, collage, etc.

  6. THIS is so lovely Hanna-ness. I like it a lot.
    I used to be afraid of layers, but you and others have taught me they definitely make a difference! No more whiting everything out! Just find good spaces and accentuate them with layers! I like this. And with your great reviews of 21 Secrets last year, I joined this year and have learned one of the most fabulous thing from Alma Stoller. I wish I had been able to take your class. Rock on!

  7. I’m always such a fan of the art journal pages you post. They’re so messy and colorful and perfect in every single way. When I make journal pages and attempt to replicate your style they just come out stiff and uninspired. D:

  8. This looks so good!! There’s such a transformation from the first layer to this layer. You’re great :-)

  9. Don’t you love the new direction you find when you come back with fresh eyes.

    I have piles of collage fodder that I store and keep, but when I am actually creating I tend to use whatever is closest and generally that is scraps from other projects.

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