Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Art Journal Page - Happiness and My New Planner

Hello creative friends.  I hope everyone is having a good week.  My week has been very busy, hence why this post is later than usual.  This week I have an art journal page and the first two weeks in my new planner.  I am really enjoying my new planner and having fun decorating it as I go.  Here are pics of the first two weeks in my new planner.





I don't like my handwriting, but I like the way the overall pages look.  And the art journal page I created using watercolor paint, spray ink, acrylic paint, Posca paint pens and ephemera from my stash.  This page was a bit of a struggle as you will see in the video and didn't turn out the way I planned, but I am happy with it.  I painted the background, the planets and the sun on my page and then created a tape transfer for the center.  I then found a quote in my stash that I liked and added that to my page and then added my word for the year "Release" to the sun.  Here is a pic of the art journal page I created.




And here is the video showing how I created this page.






What do you think of this page?  I think it turned out ok and I am happy with it for the most part.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great week.  Until next time, Happy Creating.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Art Journal Page - Word for the Year "Release"

Hello creative friends.  I hope everyone is having a great week.  My week has been going well.  This week I have an art journal page that I created for my word of the year, which I decided is "Release".  I want to release all of the negativity, the worrying, the hurt, the anger, the self consciousness, anything that is holding me back and keeping me from being happy, healthy and successful this year.  As I thought about this and my word for the year and how I wanted to create a journal page around this, I thought about the butterfly and how it is released from a cocoon to fly free.  So I decided to create a butterfly being released from a cocoon.  I used watercolor paint to put color on the page and then used stencils, spray inks and acrylic paint to make a background for my butterfly.  I took a separate piece of paper and created my butterfly using acrylic paint.  I folded the butterfly and painted the outside like a cocoon and then attached it to my journal page.  I then added my word for the year to the butterfly.  Here are some pictures of the art journal page I created.



 The butterfly closed into a cocoon

The butterfly open

And here is a video showing how I created this art journal page.


So what is your word for the year?  Leave me a commit, I would love to hear from you.  Thank you for stopping by and until next time, Happy Creating.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Art Journal Flip Through & Setting up my Planner for 2018

Hello creative friends.  I hope everyone is having a good week and had a good New Year.  My week is going well and I had a great New Year.  This past week and weekend, I've been working on setting up my planner for this year and decorating it.  The planner I bought is a Leisure Art planner and has beautiful prints on the pockets, dividers and pages that you can color.  So I have been having a blast setting it up and decorating the pages.  Here are some pics of the dividers I've colored.






And I decorated the title page with my word of the year and some flower stickers and a butterfly sticker.




I'm really having a lot of fun with this planner and decorating it. 


This week I also have a video showing a flip through an art journal I completed.  Here are a couple of pic from this completed journal.







And here is the video showing the flip through of this completed art journal.






I have been working in this journal off and on for a couple of years, since I have multiple journals going at the same time and I tend to jump around depending on my mood for the day LOL.  You can find videos on how I created most of these pages on my YouTube channel at:
http://www.youtube.com/joysart360  Please leave me a comment if you have any questions. 
Have you set up your planner for the year yet?  If so I would love to see it.  Thank you for stopping by and until next time, Happy Creating.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Creating Boho Beads for Handmade Journals

Hello creative friends.  I hope everyone had a good Christmas and is having a good week.  I enjoyed spending time with family over the Christmas weekend and I am having a great week as I'm on vacation this week.  This week I have a video showing how I created Boho beads for my handmade Etsy journals.  Here is a picture of some of the beads I created for my journals.




And here is the video showing how I created my Boho beads.




I really love the look the Boho beads give to my handmade journals and I had a lot of fun making them.  You can visit my Etsy shop at:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoysArt360 if interested in any of my handmade journals.  Thank you for stopping by and watching my video.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you.  I hope everyone has a great week.  Until next time, Happy Creating.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Mixed Media Notebook Cover

Hello creative friends.  I hope everyone is having a good week.  My week has been going well.  This week I have a mixed media cover that I created on a notebook.  I wanted to make a gift for a friend at work for Christmas and since she takes notes a lot, I though it would be a good idea to do a mixed media cover on a notebook.  I used a composition notebook and glued beads and buttons to the cover.  I then covered everything with white gesso.  I used spray inks to add color to the cover and then highlighted the texture with copper metallic paint.  I then added washing tape to the cover and a tag.  I then did the back cover to match the front by adding gesso to the back cover, then ink sprays and then metallic paint. Here are pictures of the mixed media cover I made.




And here is the video showing how I created this notebook cover.




I really like the way this turned out and hope that my friend likes it.  Thank you for stopping by and watching my video.  I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas.  Until next time, Happy Creating.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Art Journal Page - Ripple Effect

Hello creative friends.  I hope everyone is having a good week.  My week is going well.  This week I have an art journal page I created using watercolor paints, Posca pens, washi tape and ephemera from my stash.  I really like the art journal pages I see other artist do where they add wavy lines and then write between the lines, so I decided to try it myself.  I used watercolor paint to add color to the page, then I added some washi tape and affixed a picture from my stash.  I then found a quote in my stash that I liked and though went with the page well.  I added the wavy lines to my journal page and wrote the quote on the page with a Posca pen.  Here is a picture of the art journal page I created.




And here is the video showing how I created this page.




It was a lot harder to do the wavy lines and the quote than I ever thought.  I struggled with figuring out how many lines I would need and of course I ran out of space and had to squeeze the last bit into the space at the bottom.  But I really like the way this page turned out.  Have you ever tried this before?  Thank you for stopping by and watching my video.  Hope you have a great week.  Until next time, Happy Creating.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Art Journal Page - Determination

Hello creative friends.  I hope everyone is having a great week.  My week has been going well.  I've been very busy at work this week and looking forward to some time off during the Christmas/New Year holiday.  This week I have an art journal page that I created using watercolor paint and acrylic paint, some foam stars and letters and a picture and a couple of quotes from my stash.  I applied watercolor paint to my page and then used alcohol and salt to add texture to the page.  I then affixed the picture and foam stars and letters to the page.  I used acrylic paint to add silver to the stars and the letters.  I then added the quotes and used the silver paint to outline them.  Here are pictures of the art journal page I created.





  And here is the video showing how I created this page.




As always I really like the way this page turned out and I like the quotes and message of this journal page.  If you have any questions, please leave me a comment.  Thank you for stopping by and watching my video.  I hope you have a great week.  Until next time, Happy Creating.