Friday, 6 July 2012

Art Journal #1 All about you (or rather - me)

#1 Self Portrait / an Introduction.

This is what I drew as my 'photo-a-day' effort for July 1. I don't think it looks very much like me... I kind of went crazy with artistic license and make my eyes bigger and made a bunch of other non deliberate changes. When I showed Gabe, he said "mummy!" which was good enough for me.

 Coincidentally, it is also the basis for what is the title page/ introduction/ whatever, for my A4 art journal. If you would like to follow along with me as I make this book, I will be posting new pages on Friday or Saturday with different styles/mediums/techniques and hopefully it will help you to make your own.

Weekend Projects!!

I thought that it was important for me to get back into what used to be one of my favourite ways to express myself as a teenager. After putting together the "FUN STUFF" kits I had a lot of things out and a lot of inspiration to really get into art-journaling.

This page has a lot of layers.
Paint - an assortment of paper - some fabric - staples - glue - and a bunch of writing.

I think it is great to have intros or title pages for art journals, especially when you anticipate other people looking through them. Also its nice looking back to see your intentions for the book spelled out and just to break into a nice blank book... which can be a bit intimidating (in my opinion)

Some tips with this page:
  • Fixative spray on pencil drawings (or writing) is reaaaaallly useful in helping them last without turning into really smudgy messes (and mirroring themselves on the opposite pages)
  • Lay things out before you crack out the glue stick. 
  • Love your handwriting! I'll go on and on about this, but it's a great way to have something 100% uniquely you in your book. If you aren't really confident, practice on another page first or use pencil. (If I had done this I would have far less spelling mistakes in my work...)


  1. If that was a novel cover in a shop I'd definitely pick it up and see what it's all about.

  2. I think it looks like you too. Very nice.

  3. this makes me happy today. thanks! glad you are still going with the art journalling :D