Thursday, May 31, 2012

Art Journal Every Day Update...

I've been having a ton of fun with my art journal this week!  The Blue Kitten Journal is almost full!  Here's what I've been working on:


This page was inspired by Traci Bunkers' 21 Secrets class "Self-Awareness through Visual Journaling..." 
Both images are from the web. Raven and deer are two of my animal totems.  I'm noticing that my pages are coming together more intuitively lately.  I'm not thinking about them, just letting them flow.  Lots of layers here. Patterned cardstock, magazine images, tissue paper, spray ink, gesso, acrylic, and tape.


 This one was inspired by another 21 Secrets class - Jane Davenport's "Frolicaholic," 
which was tons of fun!
 Supplies used include colored pencil, watercolor, and a black journaling pen. 


 The next two are for "A Year In The Life of an Art Journal..."

The first one for the April 30th prompt, and is a quote from Thoreau (I forgot to put his name on the bottom before I took the picture)...
THE PROMPT:  Nature is a wondrous thing
ie: use pics of nature
THE STUFF: Don't quote me on it
ie: use a quote or quotes
THE TECHNIQUE: Gesso & stencils ie: try something different and use Gesso on your stencils for texture!

I followed the first two parts of the prompt, but didn't do the gesso and stencils part.  I decided to experiment with a different style of writing, and had a lot of fun with it! I wanted to use a mallard because I see them every day in our neighborhood, and they are so sweet!

 
 This one is for the May 15th prompt, and I put it on the inside back cover of my Blue Kitten Journal, so the base is chipboard...

Spring is coming!!
THE PROMPT: Bloom Where You're Planted
ie: count your blessings
THE STUFF: Scrapbooking flower embelishments ie: prima flowers, stickers
THE TECHNIQUE: paint/stamp/stain the flowers

This was a ton of fun!  I'm not one for using a whole lot of flowers on my layouts, so I had a pretty big stash to choose from!  I used a combination of Maya Mists and Mr. Huey's to spray about 2/3 of the flowers.  Then I just started glueing them on randomly.  Fun, Fun, Fun!

I get into bed each night and one of the things I thank God for is the flow of creativity.  It's amazing to me how therapeutic it is!  It truly calms my soul.

How has your week been going?

Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind comments - they really make my day!

17 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are FABULOUS!!! I loveeeee that title on the first one... that is sooooo true about you!! lol!! I am probably waking up when you are heading to bed! lol!!

Marit said...

Such a variety of different pages and styles on your blog today Michelle... love every page! The quote and lettering is stunning!

rachel whetzel said...

What a cool variety!! I love that you used your flowers to the HILT!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Carol said...

love the freedom you have when you create. such a beautiful treasure for yourself ;)

ReneeInLA said...

I love all of these, Michelle!

Jennie M said...

these are gorgeous!

Glenda T. said...

I love all of your pages and really, really love how you did the flower one, soooo fun to look at!!!

Carol Gibson said...

Love all the pages. Way to put those embellishments to work.

LindaBrun said...

Ohhhh I love all four pages , so vibrant and full of colors. Great use of flowers, many flowers... LOVE it. Thank you for sharing.

Shahrul Niza said...

LOVE your journal pages, Michelle!. Your handwriting (scribbles) are totally gorgeous!. I need more practice to write nicely. LOL.

Monique Liedtke said...

You're so creative! You can do it all! Fabulous pages!!

phinner said...

oh WOW!!! amazing cursive on the duck page!!! couldn't tell you which is my favorite!!! great work!!!

have a good weekend!!!

Teddi said...

it fascinates me how they are all different styles, but still your style! i like the cursive writing with the ducks & the colors. i'm inspired by it. :)

dawn said...

Hi Michelle, somehow I missed these amazing projects, so glad to see them today.

Ok here goes.... love that you tried a diff writing style, it looks amazing, all those flowers look so pretty great idea/theme, the girl is so cute, her mouth is so real and love her hair and there's the writing again that you do so well and that's all I can remember off top of my head.
These were all so amazing and fun to see though and you blow me away with your talent and ideas.
Thanks for sharing and inspiring me!

Sharon said...

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE your art journal pages!!!!!!

Linda said...

Love your journal pages using your totems and nature inspired pics along with prompts from your classes. I see you're an animal lover too. Everytime something in particular appears in front of me I go and grab my "Animal Speak" book to look it up.
Your book with all its wonderful flowers and colors is just delightful too.

Jane Davenport | Artomologist said...

Love your FrolicAholic pages from my workshop Michelle, and all your other lushness!