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Try to restrain yourself

Try to restrain yourself

Trying to restrain yourself is hard if you ask me. I’m a maximalist, not a minimalist. I like clutter (but not the dust that lives between everything). I like lots of choices (but not having to go out to buy that one extra thing not in my stash). I like filling a journal page to […]

Music I listen to

Music I listen to

I’m thinking that I should create some kind of visual reminder to hang on the wall that will remind me to listen to music, or maybe put Spotify in autoplay in my computer. A great song can lift my mood and create energy that wasn’t there before, but I tend to forget to turn it […]

Colour swatches and poetic words

Colour swatches and poetic words

Green how I want you green. Green wind. Green branches. Federico García Lorca Colour swatches belongs in your journal. This months crusade is about colours and naming them. It’s a welcome reminder that the Art Journal is an ongoing experiment, and it should never become a fixed idea or filled with “similar pages”. An Art […]

Hang your Own Artwork on the Wall

Hang your Own Artwork on the Wall

The walls that surround me are always filling with things from my drawing board. They are similar to my mind and my work desk; full of many different ideas, colours and forms. They are in different stages, some not quite finished yet but up on the wall to inspire me further. My walls are like […]

Found typography from the newspaper

Found typography from the newspaper

The prompt: Use “found typography” as background in your art journal. Cut out text headlines from a newspaper or magazine and glue it on a page to create a background or a text message. Material requirement: found type, adhesive, scissors and journal pages! Related PostsArt journaling explorations with portion control Inspiration – to infinity and […]

Art Journal Strip Ease

Art Journal Strip Ease

I love painting decorative papers. I use them in my art journal and collage work, and today I’m going to show you one way that you can use painted papers in a fun way. For the July crusade I took a pile of papers out and tore some strips of paper. I followed exactly what […]

Grid of Pretty Papers

Grid of Pretty Papers

Continuing with grids, this time more of a Paper Sampler, as suggested for the June crusade. I have only used papers I’m really drawn to right now, so this sampler is really showing “my style” when it comes to papers. Lots of green, pink and yellow. Lots of polka dots and flowers, some letters and […]

In change there is power

In change there is power

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. /Alan Cohen The 40th Art […]