I recently started my first true art journal. I’ve done mixed media canvases before, but I stopped because frankly, what could I do with them all? And, not all of them were really worth hanging up. Enter the art journal idea. I love the freedom it gives me to just play without any intended outcome. And, if I hate how the page turns out, nobody has to see it and I don’t feel guilty “wasting” a canvas.
I’m working on two art journals currently, and I’ll probably make more. I love the Ranger/Dyan Reavely Dylusions Journal. I’m loving learning new techniques and trying out new supplies. Who doesn’t love new art toys? Watercolor is my favorite, of course, but I’m even trying some markers and pencils, too.
Here are a few of my favorite pages.
This one is my first attempt at some hand-lettering and doodling. I want to do more of this style.
Here’s a favorite background I did, based on an excellent tutorial on YouTube by Pringle Hill Studio. Gave me a chance to break out the gelatos and acrylic paints. Terri Kahrs has several great videos about making art journal backgrounds. And, a great video series for making your own art journal.
Want to try some techniques? Definitely watch Dyan Reaveley’s videos on the Ranger YouTube channel. Not only will you learn a lot, she’s a scream!